On Tuesday, Nathan MacKinnon allegedly signed a hefty contract deal with the Colorado Avalanche, making him the highest-paid player in the NHL. A source told The Associated Press on Tuesday that MacKinnon signed a new eight-year, $100.8 million contract, extending his career with the team. He’ll take home $12.6 million annually, which is more than the $12.5 million that Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers was making before.
Avalanche general manager Chris MacFarland said, through the team’s website, that “Nathan is definitely one of the elite players in the NHL,” and that the club was eager to lock down the services of “one of the premier players in the NHL” with a long-term agreement before the new season began.
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A generational player, since he possesses the unique combination of speed, power, and intense competitiveness. We’re overjoyed that he’ll be sticking around to contribute to both our team and our neighborhood for the foreseeable future. MacKinnon expressed his satisfaction in concluding contract talks before the start of the regular season on October 12.
It’s great to finish the season, he told NHL.com. “Have given it a lot of thought. I was hesitant to enter the season without a contract. I was expecting questions about it during the season, so I’m delighted.
MacKinnon, 27, was the first overall choice in the 2013 NHL Draft and helped the Avalanche win their first Stanley Cup since 2001. He is a three-time Hart Trophy finalist in the last five years and has scored 242 goals and dished out 406.
Besides becoming the youngest player in NHL history to make his debut with the Avalanche, MacKinnon also holds the record for youngest Calder Trophy winner.
As a member of the Canada Atlantic team, MacKinnon competed for Hockey Canada for the first time at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg. MacKinnon, who was the second youngest player in the tournament, scored five goals and eight points in just five games to place sixth in tournament scoring.
One game saw him earn player of the game honors after contributing to Canada Atlantic’s 4-3 victory over Finland with two goals and two assists. His outstanding performance was a major factor in Canada Atlantic’s 2-1 victory over Canada West in the fifth-place game, the team’s best result since the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. MacKinnon joined the Canada Atlantic squad in 2011 at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ontario.
The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the “player assessed to have demonstrated the highest style of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct mixed with a high grade of playing ability,” was presented to MacKinnon.
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon won the Stanley Cup for the first time on June 26, 2022. MacKinnon scored 13 goals in the 2022 playoffs, more than any other skater (tied with Evander Kane).
The Avalanche and MacKinnon extended their contract by eight years and $100.8 million on September 20, 2022. The $12.6 million annual average is the most ever for a deal in the league.
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