Nathan MacKinnon signs eight-year extension with Colorado Avalanche

Stanley Cup champion Nathan MacKinnon is here for the long haul with the Colorado Avalanche.

The team announced Tuesday that the 27-year-old star forward has signed an eight-year contract extension, with an AAV of $12.6 million. The deal makes MacKinnon the highest-paid player in the NHL.

“Nathan is obviously one of the best players in the NHL, so a long-term extension was something we wanted to do before the start of the season,” the Avalanche general manager said in the press release. the team. “He has that rare combination of speed and power with a high level of competition that makes him a generational player. We are delighted that he will continue to be part of this team and this community for many years to come.

First drafted by the Avalanche in 2013 as the first overall pick, MacKinnon has spent his entire career to date with the organization and was named alternate captain in 2016.

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In nine seasons, MacKinnon has amassed 648 points in 638 games. He currently sits sixth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. Known for his outstanding playoff performances, the Halifax native also amassed 93 points in 70 playoff appearances.

The 2021-22 season saw MacKinnon score 32 goals and 56 assists for 88 points during the regular season, marking his fourth career season scoring 30 or more goals. In the playoffs, he had another 13 goals and 11 assists.

By winning the Stanley Cup in 2022, the team’s third championship in franchise history, MacKinnon earned himself a significant raise. The new deal will take effect after the 2022-23 season, with MacKinnon currently signed to a seven-year contract with a $6.3 million AAV.

A 2014 Calder Memorial Trophy winner, named to the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team, five-time NHL All-Star, 2020 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy recipient and Stanley Cup champion, MacKinnon undoubtedly established as one of the best in the league – and now has the big contract to prove it.

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