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Kurtis MacDermid re-ups for two more years with Avalanche



Kurtis MacDermid
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To all the Kurtis MacDermid, “he shouldn’t be on the Avs or any other NHL team” haters: How do you like him now?

MacDermid was given a two-year contract extension this morning by the Avs, with an AAV of $987,500. The new cap hit will start taking effect next season. I think it’s a great signing, and that Big Mac has made a big difference for the team this year. Plenty will disagree with me on that I’m sure, but apparently not Joe Sakic.

From the team release:

MacDermid, 28, has skated in a career-high 53 games this season and ranks third on the Avalanche and second among Colorado defensemen with 96 hits. He has produced five points (2g/3a) and has dressed in 46 of Colorado’s last 50 contests, including a career-best 25 straight games from Dec. 2–Feb. 1 (Avs were 21-1-3 in those games). The 6-foot-5, 233-pound rearguard sits one goal, two assists and five points shy of his career highs in each category, all set during the 2019-20 campaign.

“Kurtis has done everything we’ve asked of him this season. He brings toughness and versatility to our lineup, playing both forward and defense, sometimes both in the same game,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Joe Sakic. “He’s a great teammate and well respected in our locker room.  We’re excited to have him under contract for two more years.”

Superstreak Bonus!

Acquired by the Avalanche in a trade with the Seattle Kraken on July 27, 2021, Kurtis MacDermid has totaled 22 points (8g/14a) in 171 career NHL contests with Colorado and the Los Angeles Kings, who signed him as a free agent on Sept. 12, 2012. In 2020-21, he ranked first among Kings defensemen in shooting percentage (12.5%) and hits per 60 minutes (7.38).

MacDermid played parts of four seasons with the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Ontario Reign from 2015-19, totaling 57 points (16g/41a) in 194 career contests while adding three points (2g/1a) in 22 total Calder Cup Playoff outings.

The Sauble Beach, Ontario, native appeared in 201 career contests in the Ontario Hockey League from 2011-15, recording 70 points (16g/54a) for the Owen Sound Attack and Erie Otters. MacDermid added 11 points (0g/11a) in 36 OHL postseason games.

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Lew Barr

Personally, I like it but then again, I have a habit of rooting for the underdogs. Years ago, there was an article in Sports Illustrated where that followed the football careers of the starting players of the college football team that won the national championship.
If I remember right only two players made it to the NFL and one of them was Hershel Walker. I think many people have no idea of what it takes to make it into the top level of professional sports.

Bob Neal

Best news I’ve heard today from this site. He’s a keeper and appears to be getting much better as he gets more playing time.


Hooray! Or “HooMac!” Well deserved. While he has swingman abilities, defense is where he plays best. Especially when he keeps it simple. Sakic will be looking to extend Manson, as well. Who knows, JJ might have another year in him. Writing on the wall for Girard? A real interesting situation brewing.

Yan Girard

Writing on the wall for ricoflashback? Drew Helleson and Justin Barron have been traded. JJ is 35 years old and will be UFA the next season. EJ is 34 years old, costs 6 Millions the next years and plays 17:18 minutes per game. MacDermid plays 7 minutes per game and we don’t know if he plays forward or defenseman… we understand each other? Manson is 30 years old, plays 16:31 minutes per game and will be UFA. Byram played only 38 games in career in NHL. Toews will be UFA at 30 years old in two years and how much… Read more »

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Ted Grycel


You’re back to your cranky old self ! Were you on vacation or just letting it build up for few weeks? Just teasing youi

Ryan Krueger

Super Joe does it again. Best insurance money can buy. Plus, as others have commented he plays a nice, simple game.


Congratulations! We’ll deserved and his presence is much appreciated!


Good move to keep it under $1m AAV. Now let’s get Nichushkin signed to a multi-year extension. Kadri is gone, Burakovsky is a nice piece but costs too much. I’d rather use his money and Girard’s towards keeping Nichushkin, Sturm, Manson and Kuemper. That would keep the Avs contending.


Don’t forget Lehkonen.


He will never win the Norris, but he has proven to be an NHL caliber defenseman. Great signing.


I’d be surprised if he could spell Norris. lol It’s a good signing, at least for the regular season. He’s going to be utterly useless in the playoffs, but that’s part of the deal with players like this. Chris Simon was scratched too and he was Mario Lemieux compared to Kurtis. But I still like the move at that price, even if it’s just to help protect players for the 82 games.

Jim Strohmeier

Did Joe get some fries with that Big Mac?

Great signing. Kurtis will only get better on this great roster!

Stanley Cup or bust! Go Avs Go

Charlie Anderson

I don’t like it. I love it! *chants/cheers* Super Joe Super Joe Super Joe


I’m pleasantly surprised by all the love. Thought I was going to be the only one saying that I like the signing. Having a bottom guy that can play both forward and D is great. Especially for a team that’s going to be cap strapped. Might have to have less scratches.

Ted Grycel

If everyone on this team worked as hard as MacDermid to keep improving they would be an unbelievable team. This dude has improved beyond what any of us expected in our wildest thoughts. I have nothing but respect for him, and it shows his teammates do as well. It was a very deserved contract after all the hard work he’s put in. He does everything he is asked to do plus way beyond. Kudo’s to Big Mac

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