Avalanche make Nathan MacKinnon highest-paid player in NHL – Yahoo Sports

Nathan MacKinnon finally got his Stanley Cup ring, and now he has a huge new contract to celebrate.
The Colorado Avalanche announced they have signed MacKinnon to an eight-year, $100.8-million extension, making him (for now, at least) the highest-paid player in the NHL.
EIGHT MORE FOR NATE THE GREAT!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/BzQmrdIk6w
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) September 20, 2022
MacKinnon eclipses Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid — who signed an eight-year, $100 million ($12.5 million AAV) contract in 2017 — as the league’s highest earner.
The 27-year-old is coming off a 32-goal, 88-point campaign that culminated in a long-awaited Stanley Cup victory for Colorado.
“Nathan is obviously one of the premier players in the NHL so a long-term extension was something we wanted to get done before the season started,” Avalanche general manager Chris MacFarland told NHL.com on Tuesday.
“He has that rare combination of speed and power with a high compete level that makes him a generational player. We are thrilled he will continue to be a member of this team and this community for many years to come.”
In 638 games over nine seasons with the Avalanche, MacKinnon has scored 242 goals and registered 406 assists for 648 points. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native is a six-time All-Star and won the Calder Trophy in 2014, awarded to the league’s top rookie.
MacKinnon was selected by Colorado with the first overall pick of the 2013 draft after leading the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL to a Memorial Cup championship. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 2, 2013, becoming the youngest skater to ever dress for a regular season game for the Avalanche.
On the international stage, MacKinnon has represented Canada at the World Championships on three occasions (2014, 2015, 2017) and at the 2013 world juniors. He also played for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 and will be a likely top-line player for Canada at the next World Cup in 2024.
More from Yahoo Sports
How serious is Sean Couturier's back injury? Where is Joel Farabee in his recovery from neck surgery? A look at that and more on Day 1 of Flyers training camp. By Jordan Hall
Could this spell the end of 40-year-old Mike Smith's lengthy NHL career?
Cubs pitcher Hayden Wesneski added another impressive feat to his rookie rsum: an immaculate inning
Patrick Kane isn’t overly pleased with how the current rebuild in Chicago is going.
Blackhawks star Patrick Kane addressed his potential future and the speculation that surrounded his name over the summer, calling it "a lot of noise right now."
The Kings' rebuild last season paid off with a postseason berth. Can they take the next step to become a true contender?
Now, quarterback Drew Pyne needs to help the Fighting Irish perform at a high level on Saturday when they visit North Carolina (3-0) and a defense that's ranked among the nation's worst. ''We definitely executed together a lot more often, but we're still not quite where we want to be yet,'' Notre Dame center Zeke Correll said, critiquing last weekend's 24-17 victory over California. The win finally provided some glimmers of hope after the struggles that led to back-to-back losses to start the season and were compounded when starting quarterback Tyler Buchner suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.
Training camps open around the NHL after another short offseason, a third in a row squeezed by the pandemic.
John Tortorella pushed full throttle on Day 1 of Flyers training camp and he loved some "ugly as hell." By Jordan Hall
Auston Matthews isn’t concerned about his future with the Maple Leafs.
Purdue vs Florida Atlantic game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 4 game on Saturday, September 24
NFL upholds one-game suspension for #Bills OL Bobby Hart:
See who the oldest active NHL players are for the 2022-2023 season and how they compare to the oldest hockey players to ever grace NHL ice.
Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said losing his close friend and linemate Alex DeBrincat was "crushing" and "disappointing."
The Bruins begin their ramp up to the 2022-23 season this week as training camp gets underway at Warrior Ice Arena. We highlight five key storylines to monitor as Jim Montgomery gets his bearings as Boston's new head coach.
Jacoby Brissett and Amari Cooper are among the biggest winners after the Browns win over the Steelers on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.
When the 2018 Masters champion joined LIV Golf, he insisted he was sick of the constant grind of the PGA Tour.
The Blackhawks have officially released their 2022 training camp roster, which consists of 63 players.
The Americans capitalized on the format that has historically befuddled their opponents, trailing for all but three holes – total.
A Nebraska head coach candidate recently spoke about the rumors


Leave a Comment