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Nathan MacKinnon Signs Massive Eight-Year Deal with Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon was one of the players responsible for leading the Colorado Avalanche to their Stanley Cup win this year, and he’s gearing up for many more victories with this team. He signed a massive eight-year contract extension with the Avalanche, with an average annual value of $12.6 million. MacKinnon is entering the final year of his current contract at a $6.3-million average annual value, and his new deal will be worth twice more. He’ll become the highest-paid NHL player when his contract kicks off in 2023-2024, breaking the record currently held by Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid. MacKinnon addressed his new deal during a recent NHL/NHLPA media tour near Las Vegas. He said he’s “pretty close” to reaching an agreement with the Avalanche and that he’s looking forward to the deal finally being done. "I'd like to get it done just so it's not a distraction at all… I think the deal I sign will be fair. It's not going to be a single-digit [salary cap hit] or anything, but it'll be good, I think, for both sides. Denver's the only place I want to be," he explained. Nathan MacKinnon joined the Avalanche in 2013, and he scored 32 goals and 88 points over 65 regular-season games last year to lead the team to their first Stanley Cup win in over two decades.