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Sports Report: Avalanche unwilling to give Marner money to Rantanen

09:20  20 september  2019
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The Colorado Avalanche are not prepared to give restricted free-agent forward Mikko Rantanen the same money Mitch Marner will earn on his new contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Marner, who was also a restricted free-agent winger following his third NHL season, signed a six-year, $65.36-million pact with the Leafs last week. The deal carries an average annual value of $10.89 million.

The Avalanche made Rantanen a long-term offer earlier in September but negotiations have not progressed much since then, LeBrun adds.

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Mikko Rantanen (born 29 October 1996) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward. He is currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, tenth overall, by the Avalanche in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

That includes the Colorado Avalanche and their negotiations with Mikko Rantanen . Mitch Marner has re-signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs for six years and .893 million per year. How does this affect the Colorado Avalanche and their negotiations with star RFA forward Mikko Rantanen ?

Rantanen's agent, Mike Liut, said Wednesday he is "not close" to landing a new deal for his client.

The 22-year-old finished second in team scoring with the Avalanche last season, setting career highs with 31 goals and 87 points in 74 contests. Here's how the towering Finn's numbers stack up to Marner's through each player's first three NHL campaigns:

Rantanen is currently skating with the Storhamar Dragons in Norway as he awaits a resolution to his contract dispute. The 6-foot-4 forward remains on the list of blue-chip restricted free agents who are still unsigned. Brayden Point, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Kyle Connor are all awaiting new deals with their respective clubs as well.

Colorado holds a projected $15.61 million in cap space with Rantanen the only remaining player without a deal, according to CapFriendly.

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Rantanen scores twice, Avalanche beat Flames 5-3 .
DENVER — Mikko Rantanen missed training camp and the preseason, yet showed he hasn't missed a beat after a summer of uncertainty. Rantanen had two goals less than a week after agreeing to a contract with Colorado, Joonas Donskoi scored twice in his debut and the Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Thursday night. It capped a wild few days and nearly 5,000 miles of travel for the 22-year-old Rantanen. "Everything happened really quick. I got a call last Saturday and now I'm here," Rantanen said. "It's already been four or five days and played the first game, too. I felt surprisingly good; it's probably going to take a couple of games to get fresh legs.

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