Avalanche lock up young star defenseman Cale Makar to six-year deal

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Jun 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) controls the puck in the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights in game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche have locked up Cale Makar long-term, signing the defenseman to a six-year contract on Saturday.

Makar, 22, was a Norris Trophy finalist this season after finishing with eight goals and 36 assists in 44 games. The Norris Trophy is awarded to the league’s top defenseman.

The new contract keeps the NHL’s top rookie in 2019-20 with the Avalanche through the 2026-27 season.

Avalanche lock up Cale Makar

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May 30, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier (28) checks Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) in the second period of game one in the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

“In just over two seasons, Cale has already established himself as one of the premier defensemen in the National Hockey League,” Sakic continued in a team statement. “His ability to play in all situations and at both ends of the ice makes him truly unique and we are excited to have him anchor our blueline for years to come.”

The deal is worth $54 million with an AAV of $9,000,000. A year by year breakdown was provided by his agency Bartlett Hockey coming in at $8M, $9M, $11M, $10.6M, $8.7M, and $6.7M.

Makar, who also was named an All-Star last season, has 20 goals and 74 assists in 101 career games. His 0.89 points-per-game is currently seventh-best in league history for defensemen.

–Field Level Media