Avs targeting long-term deal for Rantanen at $8.4M-$8.75M AAV
- The 2019-20 NHL season is on the horizon and Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen is among the stars from the RFA class without a deal.
- It appears that Rantanen will have to wait a bit longer to get what he deserves.
- Colorado reportedly are looking to sign Rantanen to a contract anywhere from 6-8 years worth an average annual value ranging from $8.4-8.75 million per season, according to The Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark.
- The Avalanche hold $15.6 million in cap room, and have more than enough money to ink Rantanen to a deal at market value, which is well above what they’ve reportedly offered him.
- Clark reports that the term length is a point of contention: if Rantanen sought $9.5 million per year at a 6-8 year length, then the Avalanche would be amenable to his demands.
- However, if Rantanen wanted $9.5 million over three years, the Avalanche would balk at the idea.
- Rantanen is one of the brightest young stars in the NHL, and is a key component of one of the NHL’s best lines alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, posting 31 goals and 87 points in 74 games during the 2018-19 season.
- Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner recently signed a six-year contract worth an AAV of $10.893 million, but the Avalanche won’t be affected in their approach by this development, The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun reports.
- In any event, it does seem that Rantanen and the Avalanche still have a long way to go before reaching a deal ahead of the season. Colorado begins its campaign against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 3.
Source: Ryan Clark, The Athletic; Credit: Arun Srinivasan, Yahoo Sports
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