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Can the Colorado Avalanche continue their reign of terror and become back-to-back Stanley Cup champions?

Defensive dynamo Cale Makar says the team sure believes so.

“We know that we have the capability of potentially doing it again,” he said Monday during an appearance on “Tim and Friends.” “It goes back to the competitiveness, I feel like everybody makes it here because they have a certain edge of competitiveness.

We have so much of that on our team, especially (Nathan MacKinnon). … Any time you have competitive guys together, it makes you want to play even better, and that’s kind of the way our team rolled.”

Makar noted he isn’t too focused on his personal accolades heading into the 2022-23 campaign, though he added quite a few of them to his resume last season, including the Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy.

When asked about the secret to the Avalanche’s success in 2021-22, Makar gave much of the credit to the newbies in town.

“I think for us this year, one of the key things was our trade-deadline acquisitions,” he said. “Bringing in (Artturi) Lehkonen(Andrew) Cogliano(Josh) Manson, and (Nico) Sturm, just absolutely incredible pieces that, honestly, helped us bring home the championship.”

He added, “I felt like that was definitely a turning point for us, and we just knew at that point (that) we needed to win it all. … Everybody on our team was so driven, and that’s why it was so cool to see.”

Lehkonen, Cogliano, and Manson all signed new deals to remain with the Avalanche this summer, while Sturm joined the San Jose Sharks as an unrestricted free agent.

If the Avs are going to run it back, they’ll have to do it without the likes of Nazem KadriAndre Burakovsky, and Darcy Kuemper, who all left as free agents.

Makar is entering the second season of a six-year pact with a $9-million cap hit. The Calgary native potted a career-high 28 goals and 58 assists in 77 regular-season contests and went on to log 29 points in 20 playoff games.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday night.

The reigning Norris Trophy recipient led all NHL blue-liners and ranked third among all skaters in this postseason with 29 points over 20 games.

He’s the first unanimous Conn Smythe winner since the PHWA started disclosing its votes five seasons ago, according to the organization’s president, Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.

The 23-year-old is also the youngest playoff MVP in 52 years and only the third player to win it at that age or younger. Bobby Orr did it as a 22-year-old with the Boston Bruins in 1970, and Serge Savard was 23 when he nabbed the honor with the Montreal Canadiens one year earlier.

Colorado defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 to capture the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.

Makar came into the contest leading all skaters still playing in the playoffs in average ice time at 27:13. He logged 24:21 in the decisive matchup.

He already has an impressive amount of hardware, having also won the Calder Trophy in 2019-20 and the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s top men’s hockey player in 2018-19.

Colorado Avalanche star Cale Makar is the recipient of the 2022 Norris Trophy awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”

Makar edged out Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi and Tampa Bay Lightning stalwart Victor Hedman for the honor. The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Here’s the results:

1Cale Makar (COL)1631(92-98-5-0-0)
2Roman Josi (NSH)1606(98-76-17-3-0)
3Victor Hedman (TB)940(4-14-142-30-2)
4Charlie McAvoy (BOS)358(1-7-22-55-24)
5Adam Fox (NYR)248(0-0-4-61-45)

For the full results, click here.

It’s the first career Norris Trophy for Makar, but likely not the last. He’s just 23 years old and was the runner-up for the award a year ago despite missing 12 games.

Makar recorded 28 goals this season, the most among defensemen. He ranked second to Josi in points with 86, but his underlying numbers were far superior, specifically on the defensive side of the puck.

Makar led all NHL defensemen with 22.7 goals above replacement, according to Evolving-Hockey. Josi ranked fourth with 20.2, and Hedman ranked fifth with 19.8.

Despite having star defensemen like Sandis Ozolinsh, Rob Blake, and Ray Bourque don Colorado’s blue and burgundy in its storied past, Makar is the first player in Avalanche history to win the Norris.

The Calgary, Alberta, native may need to make more room on his trophy shelf, as he’s also currently the favorite to win the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP.

Cale Makar‘s brilliant campaign became a historic one Monday, as he notched his 83rd point to set a new record for points in a season by a blue-liner in Colorado Avalanche franchise history.

The 23-year-old surpassed Steve Duchesne, who collected 82 for the Quebec Nordiques in 1992-93.

Makar earned a secondary assist on Valeri Nichushkin‘s first-period goal against the Washington Capitals to break the record in his 72nd game of the campaign.

Duchesne required 82 contests to achieve his mark, posting 20 goals and 62 assists. Makar has racked up 26 markers and 57 helpers, with six regular-season games remaining after Monday’s tilt.

Makar is jockeying with Nashville Predators rearguard Roman Josi for the Norris Trophy in 2021-22. Makar finished second to Adam Fox of the New York Rangers for the award last season.

The Colorado Avalanche have signed star defenseman Cale Makar to a six-year deal, the team announced Saturday.

Makar’s contract carries an average annual value of $9 million, according to his agent, Brian Bartlett.

Makar, who was set to become a restricted free agent Wednesday, will only make $6.7 million in Year 6. Bartlett cited the potential end of the collective bargaining agreement in 2026 as a reason for the structure of the deal.

The 22-year-old was a finalist for the Norris Trophy last year. He became the only blue-liner to average a point per game in 2021 after recording 44 points through 44 contests.

Makar was a major key to the Avs’ Presidents’ Trophy-winning season, as Colorado controlled 61% of the shot attempts and 62% of the expected goals at five-on-five while he was on the ice.

Additionally, the 2017 fourth overall pick took home the 2020 Calder Trophy.

With Makar’s deal in the books, Colorado is now projected to have just over $20 million in cap space, per CapFriendly. The Avs must also decide on the futures of Gabriel Landeskog and Philipp Grubauer, both of whom are pending unrestricted free agents.

Adam Fox of the New York Rangers, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche are the NHL’s top defensemen finalists for the Norris Trophy.

Fox enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign, finishing second among all blue-liners with 47 points in 55 games. With Fox on the ice at five-on-five, the Rangers scored 57.5% of the goals and 54.3% of the expected goals. Without him, they posted a 49.3% goals share and 44.8% expected goals share.

Hedman is a Norris finalist for a fifth consecutive season, the longest streak since fellow Swede Nicklas Lidstrom’s six-year run from 1998-2003. Hedman won the award in 2017-18 and finished third in voting the other three years. The 30-year-old’s most recent campaign was arguably his worst during that stretch, as he reportedly played through much of the second half with a shoulder injury that requires offseason surgery. However, he still racked up 45 points – tied for third among defensemen – in 54 contests.

Makar is a finalist despite missing 12 games due to injury. His 44 points were tied for fifth among defensemen and the best on a per game basis. He finished second among qualified blue-liners with a 61.8% expected goals share.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is unavailable for Sunday’s clash against the Vegas Golden Knights and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar confirmed to The Athletic’s Peter Baugh.

Sunday’s game is Colorado’s first since Feb. 2, as the club has dealt with a series of postponements due to COVID-19 protocols.

While Makar’s absence is significant, the Avalanche will have No. 1 center Nathan MacKinnon back in the lineup. The 25-year-old was originally considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury but only missed one game before Colorado’s schedule came to a halt.

Makar, 22, has been sensational in his sophomore season, racking up 12 points in 11 games while logging over 24 minutes of ice time per contest. The reigning Calder Trophy winner has firmly established himself as a Norris candidate early in the 2020-21 season.

Here is Colorado’s projected lineup for Sunday:

The Avalanche are 7-3-1 on the season and sit third in the West Division. They have one game in hand on second-place Vegas and four games in hand on the division-leading St. Louis Blues.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie, the league announced Monday.

Makar edged out Vancouver Canucks phenom Quinn Hughes and Chicago Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik.

The 21-year-old racked up 50 points in 57 games for the Avs while averaging 21 minutes per contest. He was chosen fourth overall at the 2017 NHL Draft.


It’s understandable to be anxious before making your NHL debut, but doing so in the postseason meant nerves were flying high for Colorado Avalanche phenom Cale Makar.

Luckily for Makar, he had the steadying veteran presence of Tyson Barrie to help ease those nerves. When asked for his “welcome to the NHL moment” during a video conference call Monday, Makar recounted Barrie’s advice.

“I think the first moment that kind of comes to mind is I was getting ready just for warmups (before Game 3 in Colorado’s first-round series against the Calgary Flames). Obviously, you’re pretty nervous, you don’t know what to expect,” Makar recalled. “And then we’re lined up in the hallway, and I think Tyson Barrie just comes up to me and just pats me on the shoulder and goes, ‘It’s an easy league, kid.'”

Makar made it look easy, scoring a goal in Colorado’s 6-2 win over the Flames. He went on to play 10 postseason games during the 2019 playoffs, racking up six points.

Ironically, Makar’s emergence as a right-handed, offensive defenseman made Barrie expendable. Barrie was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer along with Alexander Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in exchange for Nazem KadriCalle Rosen, and a third-rounder.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and was left out of the lineup for Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, according to The Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark.

It is unclear when Makar suffered the injury. He appeared in Colorado’s last game Saturday, logging 24:28 of ice time.

The rookie blue-liner has recorded 12 goals and 35 assists in 56 games with the Avalanche this season. He already missed eight contests earlier in the campaign due to an upper-body injury.