Nathan MacKinnon 'pretty close' to signing massive contract extension with Avalanche

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Nathan MacKinnon might be on the edge of being among the highest-paid gamers in the NHL. During Thursday’s NHL/NHLPA media trip near Las Vegas, MacKinnon exposed that he’s “pretty close” to reaching an arrangement on a huge agreement extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

“We’re pretty close,” MacKinnon stated. “I’d prefer it to be done. It gets emotional. You feel like it’s personal sometimes. I’d like to get it done just so it’s not a distraction at all.”

MacKinnon specified that he wants to strike an offer prior to the 2022-23 season gets underway in October. If the 2 sides can’t concern an arrangement, the 27-year-old star is prepared to put a stop to talks till after the season is over. His representative, Pat Brisson, likewise validated that the 2 sides are trying to get an offer achieved quicker instead of later on. 

“I think the deal I sign will be fair,” MacKinnon included. “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.”

Under his present agreement, the Avalanche center would end up being a totally free representative following the 2022-23 project.

After assisting Colorado win a Stanley Cup last season, it’s rather possible that MacKinnon’s brand-new offer might make him the highest-paid gamer in the league. Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid presently has the biggest agreement in the sport with an eight-year, $100 offer, which he checked in 2017. McDavid’s $12.5 million cap hit is presently the greatest in the league.

MacKinnon has actually formerly specified that he’d take less cash in order for the Avalanche to keep their lineup undamaged. In the offseason, Colorado re-signed winger Valeri Nichuskin to an eight-year, $49 million extension and winger Artturi Lehkonen to a five-year, $22.5 extension. In addition, 2022 Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Cale Makar is likewise secured through the 2026-27 season after signing a six-year, $54 million handle 2021.

MacKinnon is coming off a season in which he signed up 88 points (32 objectives and 56 helps). The Avalanche center has actually been called a Hart Trophy finalist for league MVP in 2 of the last 3 seasons.

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