National Hockey League Hockey Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

The Colorado Avalanche should pay Mikko Rantanen right now

The Colorado Avalanche should pay Mikko Rantanen right now
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
October 16, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) moves the puck ahead of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson (42) during the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Much was speculated over the summer about whether or not theA Colorado AvalancheA were going to make it a priority giveA Mikko RantanenA a contract extension. It was argued that the team should lock up their star right winger with a new a long term extension before his Entry Level Contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season. The organization indicated they were content to wait as Rantanena€™s camp wanted to see how the season played out, as mentioned by General Manager Joe Sakic in his season opening press conference. A second point per game season would give Rantanen a much stronger case for a big-money, long term extension.

It obviously takes two to tango on a deal but there certainly is a figure that gets the attention of the other party. Assuming there is any possible deal within reason it would be wise to take the proactive approach.

The case for waiting

The Avalanche have team control over Rantanen for the next four years and do not have to rush into any contract decision. Rantanen also does not have arbitration rights upcoming, although that may not end up as a benefit to the organization. A long drawn out contract process with no deadline is possible as seen currently playing out withA Toronto Maple LeafsA forwardA William Nylander, who is still withholding his services into the regular season while he waits for a contract. An offer sheet is also possible, though they rarely are executed even if there are many ironically gleeful at the idea to take advantage of a team who cana€™t handle their business in a timely manner.

Rantanen is not a star center nor the face of the franchise and those are the players who generally are in position to get their money early. The Avalanche bucked this trend when they signed captain Gabe Landeskog to a seven-year extension just two years into his NHL career but since then have waited until contracts expired to address long term extensions.

The aforementionedA NylanderA also plays into the Avalanche waiting on Rantanen because it will be a contract comparable despite Nylander only hitting a career high in points of 61 to Rantanena€™s 84. As it stands right now Rantanena€™s best comprarables areA Boston BruinsA wingerA David PastrnakA who signed a six-year deal at $6.66M Annual Average Value coming out of his ELC and a career high of 70 points in his breakout season andA Edmonton OilersA centerA Leon Draisaitlwho signed an eight-year $8.5M AAV contract after scoring 77 points in his third season. Rantanen likely falls between these two comparables but where exactly to peg him is tough without more information.

The case for an extension

There is more upside in waiting for Rantanen than for the Avalanche as the price likely only goes up by the day. With the salary cap growing each year, especially with now Seattle all but confirmed to add to the expansion coffers, contract comparables are only going to increase and young talented players are getting their long term extensions earlier in their careers as well.

Read the complete news article here...


More Featured News

Kings Jeff Carter Linked To Boston Bruins
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
When one national writer connects a contending team with a trade candidate, ita€™s simply speculation. When three link the two in the span of a few days, there is usually something ...
Sabres suspend Patrik Berglund indefinitely for 'failure to report'
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
Patrik Berglund's first season with the Buffalo Sabres took another surprising turn Saturday when he was suspended indefinitely by the team for "failure to report."Berglund, acquire...
Oilers CEO says Chiarelli's job is safe if team makes playoffs
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
With things recently taking a turn for the better in Edmonton, Oilers CEO and vice-chair Bob Nicholson gave general manager Peter Chiarelli a somewhat conditional vote of confidence...
Oilers Alex Chiasson has earned his place on Connor McDavids wing
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
There are 13 pay periods inside a National Hockey League season. When Alex Chiasson got off the plane in Edmonton back in September, he was just trying to get to one of them.He came...
How should Rangers approach the trade deadline?
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
Whether by design or not, the New York Rangers have been better than expected so far in 2018-19.Despite waving the white flag of rebuild, theya€™re only one point behind the Islande...
Formenton out of World Juniors for Canada with injury
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
Alex Formenton will not be able to play for Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship after the Ottawa Senators forward was injured in an exhibition game.Hockey Canada annou...
Blues ink Bortuzzo to three-year extension
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
Robert Bortuzzo is sticking around in St. Louis.A The Blues announced Saturday that the defenceman has signed a three-year contract extension worth $1.375 million per season.A In 12...
Blues won't loan Robert Thomas to Canada for WJHC
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
One of the St. Louis Blues' best prospects is sticking with the team for the time being.Robert Thomas will not be loaned to the Canadian national team for the upcoming World Junior ...
Boeser healthy, thriving again for Canucks
Published On: Sat, Dec 15
It had been a frustrating night for Brock Boeser and the Vancouver Canucks.For the first 55 minutes Thursday, the Nashville Predators gave the Canucks little room to skate and creat...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts