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DENVER – Colorado Avalanche Get Ready Nathan McKinnon the highest paid player in the NHL’s salary cap era.

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

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His new $12.6 million salary cap, which takes effect at the start of the 2023/24 season, surpasses Connor McDavid$12.5 million, the highest in the league. McDavid’s eight-year, $100 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers, signed in 2017, was the previous record for the highest annual limit since the system went live in 2005.

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“Of course it’s really cool,” McKinnon said of being the highest paid player in hockey. “Hopefully there will be no more pandemics and the limit will rise even more, but yes, I think the deadline was the most important. I just wanted to be here for the rest of my career and hopefully after that I get another contract.”

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The only richer deals than McKinnon in NHL history Alexey Ovechkin$124 million, 13-year contract with Washington, Shea Weber$110 million, 14-year contract with Nashville and Sidney Crosby$104.4 million, 12-year contract with Pittsburgh. The collective bargaining agreement has since limited contract duration to eight years for players re-signing their team and seven years for free agents.

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

“We’re just thrilled that this is done before training camp starts and Nate can focus on hockey,” general manager Chris McFarland said. “What he does for us is really important and having him locked up for nine years is really critical to our short and long term planning. It’s a big day.”

The powerful and fast center forward led the league with 13 goals in the playoffs. It was the second most in a single playoff series in franchise history, trailing only 18 goals by Hall of Famer Joe Sakic in 1996 (when Colorado won its first Cup).

“It shows a lot of loyalty,” said Sakic, the current president of the Colorado State Hockey Team. “Nathan wanted it to be done, we wanted it to be done and he is a franchise player and we are very happy that he will stay here in Colorado for the rest of his career.”

McKinnon, the top pick in the 2013 draft, has been a Hart Trophy finalist in three of the last five seasons (17-18, 18-19, 20-21). He has 242 career goals and 406 assists, more than anyone in his draft class.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was the youngest player in franchise history to make his NHL debut (18 years, 31 days) and won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie that same season. He also received the Lady Byng Sportsmanship and Gentlemanship Award in 2020. In addition, he was named captain of the Central Division for the last three All-Star Games.

McKinnon’s latest contract, which expires after the upcoming season, was worth $44.1 million over seven years, with a maximum of $6.3 million. Only four players have surpassed the 495 points he has scored in the regular season since that deal went into effect, and his 83 playoff points since then are second in the NHL.

That’s why for years McKinnon was known as the lowest paid player in hockey – a title he really didn’t like.

Now he has another one: a Stanley Cup winner.

He is part of the core Avalanche group, which also includes a defender. Cale Makarforward Mikko Rantanen and captain Gabriel Landeskog.

McKinnon is now signed until 2031. Colorado also has a versatile forward. Valery Nichushkin signed until 2030, Landeskog until 2029, and Makar, playoff MVP, until 2027. McFarland’s goal next summer is to extend Rantanen’s contract.

“Denver is the only place I want to be, that’s for sure,” McKinnon said recently in Henderson, Nevada, during a pre-season player media tour.

McDavid believes he has been surpassed as the highest paid player, “I think it’s good for hockey to keep raising the bar.”

“But at the end of the day, the pay cap system is a weird system where the more money you make, the less money someone else can make,” McDavid added. “It’s kind of a strange system. Will always give and take.”

FRISCO, Texas – Young scorer with 40 goals. Jason Robertson He is expected to miss the start of Dallas Stars training camp because the team and the restricted free agent have not agreed on a new contract.

General manager Jim Neill said there had been ongoing discussions with Robertson and his representatives over the past two weeks. Neill did not say what prevented the two sides from reaching an agreement, adding that “very good discussions” took place.

The Stars, with new coach Pete DeBoer, open camp Thursday in Cedar Park, Texas, the home of their AHL team. They have three days of work there before they return to North Texas for the show opening at home on Monday night. They open the regular season on October 13 in Nashville.

“I think he’s disappointed that he’s not at camp, and so are we,” Neill said before the team headed to the Austin area. “I think this is very important for the young player and, as you mentioned, for the (new) coaching staff. … We have some time on our side, but we want him to come here as soon as possible.”

Robertson’s base salary last season was $750,000, the end of a three-year, $2.775 million contract. He has five more years before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

The left wing turned 23 shortly after the end of last season, scoring 41 goals and 38 assists for 79 points in 74 games. Robertson joined Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano. Jamie Benn as well as Tyler Seguin as the only scorer to score 40 goals since the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993.

Selected by the Stars in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Robertson scored 125 (58 goals, 67 assists) in 128 NHL games. He scored one goal and had three assists in his first postseason game last season, as Dallas lost the first-round playoff series in seven games against Calgary.

DeBoer said he’s looking forward to coaching Robertson, but the forward’s absence won’t change his camp plans.

“It doesn’t affect what I do,” DeBoer said. “Look, I stayed up at night with the excitement when I coached Jason Robertson, 40+ goals, but he’s not here. So, you know, until he arrives, I can’t waste energy on this.”

Neill said the Stars are open to a long-term extension or a bridge contract with Robertson, who was one of the team’s top players with a veteran last season. Joe Pavelski as well as Rupe Hintz. In total, they scored 232 points, which was the second most in franchise history for a trio.

“We are open to everything. But other than that… I’m not going to negotiate through the media,” Neill said. As I said, we had good conversations. Let’s see where it goes.”

Training camps are reopening in the NHL after another short off-season, the third in a row squeezed by the pandemic. That doesn’t bother the Colorado Avalanche star. Nathan McKinnon one bit.

It’s time for one of the best players and his teammates to get back on the ice and defend their Stanley Cup title, less than three months after they knocked out the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I still feel like I was just playing,” McKinnon said. “I took a two-week break and then started skating again. It’s just fun. I like it and I like the short summer. It feels like the season is kind of flipping again.”

The NHL is heading into fall, with exciting playoffs and finals that have a chance to return to a regular schedule. This means full training camps for teams with new coaches and the benefits of a regular schedule.

This means that only 88 days elapse between the sixth game of the final and the first practice on the ice.

“Now we’re used to it,” the Tampa Bay goaltender said. Andrey Vasilevsky said after he and the Lightning lost in the final for the first time in three consecutive trips. “Of course it’s a little more difficult because you don’t have much time to rest. It’s basically a few weeks and you should get back to it. But yeah, I can’t complain. You want your summer to be short every year.

It’s been a little longer for Connor McDavid and the Oilers after losing to Colorado in the West Finals. Despite no downtime, McDavid “wouldn’t trade it for anything” and intends to do so even more as Edmonton bolstered their goalkeeping position by adding Jack Campbell.

Several rotations of the goalie carousel culminated in the acquisition of Avalanche Alexander Georgiev from the New York Rangers and Cup winner Darcy Kemper touchdown with Washington. Joined by new teammates, many of whom lifted the Cup in 2018, Kemper isn’t worried about less free time.

“It was definitely a unique summer,” Kemper said. “Because of how short they were, you start going back to the gym and are a little worried that your workouts will be so short. But you felt like you weren’t getting back in shape. You were already there.

NEW COACHES

The Oilers are one of several teams headed to training camp under a new coach. Jay Woodcroft took over as interim coach in February but is now full-time.

“Looking forward to camping with him,” McDavid said. “He did a great job in the middle of the season, but it’s never easy as a manager. I’m sure there are things that he wanted to touch on that you couldn’t touch on in the middle of the year, so this year he will be able to touch on all of that.”

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Source: nhl.nbcsports.com

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