What’s going on with the negotiations between Mikko Rantanen and the Avalanche?
- Negotiations between the Avalanche and star restricted free agent winger Mikko Rantanen as at a standstill right now because. … they haven’t even started yet.
- There has been no contact between Avalanche management and Rantanen’s agent, Mike Liut, since an informal talk at the NHL draft in Vancouver in late June.
- The Avs have made no offers yet to Rantanen, formally or informally, on a new deal.
- There is really no chance Rantanen could play for any other NHL team this coming season, even though other teams are free to make him an “offer sheet”
- The Avs still have nearly $16.5 million in cap space under the current NHL salary cap of $81.5 million, with no other unsigned roster players besides Rantanen.
- So, matching any offer sheet wouldn’t be a problem for Avs management.
- Rantanen almost certainly would command, at minimum, $8.5 million per year on a new contract, based on “comparables” with players of his age and statistical output.
- Common sense dictates something will get done before the start of the season.
- But the clock, suddenly, is ticking a bit louder.
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Mikko Rantanen (#96) All 31 Goals of the 2018-19 NHL Season
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