Nathan MacKinnon signs eight-year contract extension with Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon is going to be in the burgundy and white for a long time.

The Avalanche on Tuesday announced that the 27-year-old star center has signed an eight-year extension with the team that will run through the 2030-31 season.

“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 said in a news release. “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.”

MacKinnon has one year remaining on his current contract, a seven-year, $44.1 million deal that he signed in July 2016. According to The Athletic, the new deal is worth an average annual value of $12.6 million for a total of $100.8 million. That will make him the highest-paid player in the NHL.

MacKinnon helped lead the Avs to their first Stanley Cup title in 21 years last season. He earned his fifth All-Star appearance and was the team leader in points per game (1.35) while tallying 88 points (32 goals and 56 assists) in 65 games. He was third on the team in points during the playoffs (24) and led the team in goals (13).

Colorado selected MacKinnon with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft. In nine seasons, he’s totaled 242 goals and 406 assists for 638 points for the Avs — all are ranked fourth-most by a Colorado player since the franchised relocated from Quebec in 1995. Since the 2017-18 season, he has scored more points (442) than any NHL player aside from Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (549) and Leon Draisaitl (479).

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