When he signs an agreement with the Colorado Avalanche, Nathan MacKinnon might become the highest-paid player in the National Hockey League.
If an agreement isn’t reached by October 12, when the defending champs raise their Stanley Cup flag and begin the season, MacKinnon says he would put negotiations on hold.
During the NHL/NHLPA player media tour on Thursday, MacKinnon noted, “We’re fairly close.” As soon as possible is fine with me… It’s a touching story. Sometimes it can feel like a direct attack on you. I’d rather have it finished and out of the way so it doesn’t cause any disruptions.
The parties are working to reach an agreement, according to Agent Pat Brisson. Upon the conclusion of the current campaign, MacKinnon’s current contract will have come to an end.
Once finalized, the contract could become the highest signed since the salary cap era began in 2005, surpassing Connor McDavid’s $100 million over eight years. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who has the highest cap charge in the NHL at $12.5 million, has stated he hasn’t given much attention to the possibility that he would be overtaken.
Wrote about Nathan MacKinnon’s contract outlook recently. Remember that the cap is expected to go up by a good bit over the coming years. That’ll have implications.
(Some other roster stuff in this story is outdated, but the MacKinnon thoughts still stand)https://t.co/JaT0QV9fU1
— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) September 15, 2022
McDavid believes that “keeping the bar higher” is beneficial for hockey. Yet ultimately, the wage cap system is a strange system where the more money you make, the less money someone else may make. That’s a rather strange method, actually.
MacKinnon has indicated that he would be prepared to accept a pay cut to help Colorado remain in the playoff hunt. Avalanche defenseman and Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar, captain Gabriel Landeskog, and important forwards Valeri Nichushkin and Artturi Lehkonen are all locked up for the foreseeable future, which is a huge boon.
The contract I’m about to sign seems fair to me,” MacKinnon remarked. It won’t be a one-digit [salary cap hit] or anything, but I think it’ll be beneficial for all parties. The only place I’d rather be in Denver.
With 24 points in 20 games during Colorado’s run to the Cup, MacKinnon was one of the team’s top players and a three-time finalist for the Hart Trophy as league MVP.
MacKinnon has been one of the most undervalued players in hockey for some time, counting for only $6.3 million against the cap.
He said, “It’s not what you want, that’s for sure.” The name you’re trying to find doesn’t exist. The Cup victory was a relief, though.
MacKinnon’s performance during the 2017–18 season was greatly enhanced by the services of a sports psychologist he had recruited before the season began. MacKinnon had a +6 rating, 31 shots on goal, 4 power-play points, 5 goals, and 6 assists in 4 games between February 26 and March 4 to earn the NHL’s First Star of the Week honor.
MacKinnon had a career-high five-point game on March 2 when he scored two goals and added three assists in a 7-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. His previous five-point night came on November 16, 2017, when he scored one goal and added four assists against the Capitals.
MacKinnon was recognized as a top contender for the NHL’s Ted Lindsay Award for the best player on April 26, 2018. The next day, he found out he had made the shortlist for the NHL’s most valuable player, the Hart Memorial Trophy, ultimately won by Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils.
To the “player assessed to have demonstrated the highest style of sportsmanship and gentlemanly behavior mixed with a high grade of playing ability,” MacKinnon was presented the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy on September 11, 2020.
MacKinnon’s first Stanley Cup championship came with the Avalanche on June 26, 2022. With 13 playoff goals in 2022, MacKinnon was the league’s best scorer (tied with Evander Kane).
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