In the new golden age of the Denver Games, Nathan McKinnon, Russell Wilson and Nikola Jokic are leading the race for gold.
We will remember 2022 as the year the Big Three broke the bank.
McKinnon signed a contract extension with the Avalanche, which makes him the highest paid player in the NHL, he joins Wilson and Jokic with new megadeals worth more than $600 million.
The three superstars that made the AVS, the Broncos and the Nuggets worth watching are now much more than a small country. And it’s no exaggeration: $600 million is more than the GNP of Dominica, a beautiful little island in the Caribbean.
Here’s an eye-opening, economic breakdown of the contract extensions, all signed since June, on a summer spending spree like we’ve never seen in this dusty old cowtown:
Jokic: $270 million for five years.
Wilson: $245 million for five years.
McKinnon: $100.8 million, eight years.
And then there’s outfielder Kris Bryant, who isn’t worth a penny but was signed by the Rockies for $182 million over seven years. stupid is as stupid does.
At first glance, it appears that McKinnon may have chosen the wrong game. His median annual salary is $12.6 million when the New Deal hits, which falls short of Wilson’s $46 million per year and the mind-boggling $54 million Jokic would be paid.
But want to know the truth about all these big bucks?
There’s no point in cha-ching if you don’t get that ring.
While McKinnon will earn a fraction of the money of the other two, he has by far the best deal in town.
He picked up the Stanley Cup before receiving payment. And the terms of his new contract will give Mack a shot at building a dynasty with Evie from now until 2031, when he turns 36.
“Really cool,” McKinnon said at a news conference Tuesday on the eve of training camp for the defending NHL champs. There was no doubt that he was going to get big money. But the real big deal? McKay would almost certainly spend the rest of his NHL career chasing the Cup for Colorado glory.
Do I need to remind you that the Nuggets have never won an NBA championship?
While Jokic will do his MVP best to write the most spectacular chapter in the team’s history, the pro basketball landscape suggests it’s a long shot anytime before 2028, when I’m guessing Joker will return to Serbia and return to his beloved horses. Would be tempted to ride one of them. After his deal the sunset runs its course.
With Broncos Country fans restless, general manager George Patton boldly made a blockbuster trade with Seattle for Wilson, then made even more daring bets to pay the 33-year-old quarterback, as elite Seahawks player now believed in him. do not. ,
Although it’s too early to make a conclusive decision, if the small sample size of the two games in Denver uniforms is any indication, Wilson appears to be a welcome upgrade over Teddy Bridgewater and the other forgettable QBs that have been passing through the city in recent years. But eye examination also shows that Patton had taken a very expensive leap of faith, in the hope that Wilson could level Denver with either Patrick Mahomes or Justin Herbert at the AFC West.
While $100 million can buy an athlete a pretty big house anywhere in this great big world, it’s the $800,000 chump change that makes McKinnon’s deal so interesting.
The short financial details of his contract allowed McKinnon to become the highest-paid player in the NHL, barely surpassing the $12.5 million per year earned by Edmonton center Conor McDavid.
Here’s the interesting part: Instead of dramatically resetting the market, McKinnon decided to take less money than demanded, in order to give himself the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup, with the defenseman wearing black capers and burgundy. There were boys. And the blue sweater..
“We’re not planning on winning just one,” McKinnon said.
“Nathan is clearly one of the key players in the NHL, so a long-term extension was something we wanted to do before the season even started,” AVS general manager Chris McFarland said in a statement released by the team. “He has that rare combination of speed and power with a high level of competition that makes him a player of a generation.”
In another year, Toronto center Austin Matthews will almost certainly take away the honor of being the NHL’s highest-paid player from McKinnon.
And the Mac wouldn’t care a red cent.
He’s chasing a huge goal, signing a contract for life with Colorado that gives him a real shot at surpassing Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy as the best player in Avalanche history.