It was said many times before Toronto Maple Leafs’ star forward Mitch Marner signed his new deal: his contract will have repercussions on what other star restricted free agents will be asking around the National Hockey League.
Well, it couldn’t be more true when it comes to forward Mikko Rantanen and the Colorado Avalanche.
The agent who represents Rantanen, Mike Liut, revealed on the air of Sportsnet 650 this morning that his client’s comparable is Marner.
The Avalanche has made it clear it is looking for a long-term deal with Rantanen, who is expected to join Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine with the SC Bern club in Switzerland.
GM Joe Sakic knew comparables would come into play soon enough. Marner, who recorded five less goals but seven more points than Rantanen last season, signed a six-year, $65.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs last week.
“We prefer long term,” Sakic told NHL.com in August.”If it has to be short term, it has to be short term. We want to make sure we have him signed. There’s a lot of players (in the NHL) in that same situation, a lot of great hockey players that are coming up. We’ll just see how all the players and agents handle that. There are comparable numbers that are starting to come in. We’re open to different possibilities.”
22-year-old Rantanen, who was selected10th overall back in the 2015 NHL Draft, posted a career-high 31 goals and 87 points in 74 games last season.