The Avalanche center adds to his Stanley Cup credentials with one of the NHL’s biggest deals — Boardroom breaks down the details of the Avs’ Nathan MacKinnon contract.
Nathan MacKinnon has been a pivotal piece of the Colorado Avalanche franchise since the team drafted him first overall in 2013. After a few years of mediocrity to start his career in Colorado, the Avalanche have established themselves as a powerhouse in the NHL, and MacKinnon is a big reason why.
The six-time All-Star is widely regarded as one of the best players in the league, evident by the huge contract extension the team handed him ahead of the 2022 season. Just how much is Colorado paying its star player? Let’s break down the Avs’ Nathan MacKinnon contract.
Nathan MacKinnon Contract Details & Salary
Total value: $100,800,000
Average annual value: $12,600,000
2023-24 salary: $16,500,000
- Base salary: $775,000
- Signing bonus: $15,725,000
Free agency: 2031
It’s not atypical for a player to have one of his best seasons in a contract year, setting himself up for a potential payday when hitting free agency — there’s perhaps no more hallowed tradition across sports. However, in the case of Nathan MacKinnon, he put forth his best season to date after putting ink to paper to earn distinction as hockey’s highest-paid player.
The Avalanche extended MacKinnon, rightly regarded as one of the top talents across in the NHL, ahead of the 2022-23 campaign to the tune of eight years and $100.8 million. He repaid his team immediately by putting up a career-high 111 points last season. If MacKinnon can maintain even a portion of what he’s capable of throughout the life of this deal, Colorado, which hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2022, should be pleased with having shelled out this hefty contract to keep the party going in the Mile High City.
Nathan MacKinnon’s Career NHL Earnings
CAREER NHL EARNINGS THROUGH 2023-24: $69,287,500
PROJECTED CAREER NHL EARNINGS THROUGH 2030-31: $170,087,500
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