Sports Avalanche sign Makar to $54M, 6-year deal on Day 2 of draft
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The Colorado Avalanche kicked off the second day of the NHL draft Saturday by signing top defenseman Cale Makar to a $54 million, six-year contract.
Makar will count $9 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season.
His deal comes on the heels of Chicago trading for and extending Seth Jones for $76 million over eight seasons and Dallas inking Miro Heiskanen to a $67.6 million, eight-year contract.
Makar was a point-a-game player last season, his second in the NHL, and the 22-year-old has 94 points in his first 101 regular-season games. He's set to make $8 million next season, $9 million in the second year, then $11 million, $10.6 million, $8.7 million and $6.7 million as part of a contract that takes into account the expected rise of the salary cap.
The Devils are Riding Seattle's Wave
New Jersey's acquisition of Ryan Graves from Colorado was a great example of a team using the Kraken expansion draft to help itself. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Ryan Graves. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports. Timing is everything in a rebuild and it's never just a matter of drafting high for a few years in a row. The New Jersey Devils have already done the draft-high thing and will once again have a great pick when they select fourth overall later this month, but GM Tom Fitzgerald made a canny move when he struck a trade with Colorado peer Joe Sakic on Thursday.
The Makar signing is the first of what could be many moves on the second day of the draft early in a busy offseason.
Buffalo trading forward Sam Reinhart is expected to be another. The Sabres dealt defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to Philadelphia on Friday for the No. 14 pick and 2023 second-rounder and selected Owen Power first.
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