Cale Makar by the number$

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Cale Makar’s talent and value to the Colorado Avalanche are evident not only through his performance on the ice but also in comparison to his contract’s average annual value (AAV). Despite being ranked as the top defenseman for the 2022-23 NHL season by Sporting News Canada, due to his exceptional skills and accomplishments at just 23, including being a Stanley Cup champion, a Conn Smythe winner, a Norris recipient, and a Calder winner, his contract AAV does not rank among the top 8 highest in the league for defensemen​​.

According to Spotrac, as of the 2023 season, there are 8 defensemen with a higher AAV than Cale Makar. These players include:

  1. Erik Karlsson (San Jose Sharks) – $11,500,000
  2. Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) – $11,000,000
  3. Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo Sabres) – $11,000,000
  4. Seth Jones (Chicago Blackhawks) – $9,500,000
  5. Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins) – $9,500,000
  6. Adam Fox (New York Rangers) – $9,500,000
  7. Darnell Nurse (Edmonton Oilers) – $9,250,000
  8. Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) – $9,059,000

For comparison, Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche) has an AAV of $9,000,000, signed at the age of 22, with his current contract running from 2021 to 2026 (FA: 2027)​​.

This disparity between his AAV and his ranking as the best defenseman in the game is a testament to the value the Avalanche have found in Makar. His performance relative to his contract highlights the skill and foresight of the Avalanche’s executive team in managing their roster and salary cap effectively.

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Adrian Lopez