LeBrun: Rantanen camp in no hurry on extension

Mikko Rantanen continues to pile up points, and it won’t be long before he’ll be seeing bigger deposits in his bank account.

The young Colorado Avalanche forward is in the final year of his entry-level contract, and it doesn’t sound like his camp is in any rush to ink an extension.

“The Avs would have liked to have extended him this past summer,” noted Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading. “And the message back from agent Mike Liut, my understanding was, there’s no hurry.

“Mike Liut also the agent, by the way, for Patrik Laine - and he hasn’t signed an extension either in his last year of the entry-level deal.

“Mike Liut, you saw it with Tarasenko, you saw it with Draisaitl. I think he believes in waiting until the entry-level deal is done to negotiate a new deal. We’ll see how that goes.”

Rantanen entered Tuesday evening tied with Auston Matthews for the NHL lead in points, with 16 apiece.

Rantanen and linemate Nathan MacKinnon each has points in all nine outings for the Avs this season.


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