McKinnon signs 8-year deal, highest paying in the NHL

Denver (AFP) – The Colorado Avalanche makes Nathan McKinnon the highest-paid player in the NHL salary cap era.

McKinnon, who just turned 27 earlier this month, signed an eight-year contract worth $100.8 million, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the team has not announced the terms of the contract.

He reached his new $12.6 million salary cap that took effect at the start of the 2023-24 season to eclipse Conor McDavid’s $12.5 million as the highest in the league. McDavid’s $100 million eight-year deal with Edmonton Oilers signed in 2017 was the previous record for the highest annual cap achieved since the system went live in 2005.

MacKinnon’s richest deals in NHL history are: Alex Ovechkin’s $124 million contract, 13-year contract with Washington, Shea Weber’s $110 million contract, 14-year contract with Nashville and Sidney Crosby’s $104.4 million 12-year contract with Pittsburgh. Since then, the collective bargaining agreement has limited contract extensions to eight years for players who re-sign with his team and seven for free agents.

McKinnon agreed to the deal with training camp about to begin. It was a short season for McKinnon and Avalanche after they won their first Stanley Cup title since 2001.

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