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Nathan MacKinnon: On my next deal, I'll take less again

5 décembre 2019
If you didn't already appreciate Nathan MacKinnon as a person and a player, this should do it. "We have guys that we wouldn't (otherwise) be able to bring in, "MacKinnon told Forbes' Jordan Horrobin on Wednesday. "On my next deal, I'll take less again. Because I want to win with this group."


Is there a more incredibly humble player than MacKinnon? This is a guy who has eclipsed the 90 point mark in each of his last two seasons (97 and 99 points, respectively).

Now, let's withhold the bulk of our praise until Mack's next contract is actually signed, but if he does indeed take a discount to keep the band together following the 2022-23 campaign, you would have a hard time arguing that MacKinnon is not one of the most selfless players in the game.

Had MacKinnon signed a 3-year bridge deal in 2016 as opposed to the 7-year $44.1M contract he inked, he would have easily been worth almost twice the $6.3M AAV he currently earns. That fact hasn't even crossed the mind of MacKinnon who still believes he and the Avs struck a great deal.

"I was just excited to get paid that much money at such a young age," MacKinnon said. "Obviously it's pretty (team) friendly now, but I was worth that at the time. … I have no regrets."

MacKinnon also understands that there is another side of the coin. When it comes to players who lean on past performance and future potential to bargain for a better deal, if they feel they're being undervalued.

"I think you want to get paid what you're worth," MacKinnon said. "I'd probably do the same thing. If a team isn't paying you what you think you're worth, holding out is something (players) are entitled to. … I think it's going to continue that way."

With the Colorado Avalanche currently in the enviable position of both being a contender AND having cap space to spare, you have to imagine that this may become the new team-building archetype adopted by clubs going forward if the Avs can perennially compete for multiple championships.

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TOP 20 G A PTS
NAZEM KADRI
2 1 3
DYLAN LARKIN
1 2 3
NATHAN MACKINNON
2 - 2
TYLER BERTUZZI
1 1 2
RYAN GRAVES
1 1 2
ANDRE BURAKOVSKY
- 2 2
CALE MAKAR
- 2 2
MIKKO RANTANEN
- 2 2
MATTHEW NIETO
1 - 1
GIVANI SMITH
1 - 1
IAN COLE
- 1 1
ROBBY FABBRI
- 1 1
TYSON JOST
- 1 1
FILIP ZADINA
- 1 1
NIKITA ZADOROV
- 1 1
JUSTIN ABDELKADER
- - -
PIERRE-EDOUARD BELLEMARE
- - -
ALEX BIEGA
- - -
MADISON BOWEY
- - -
MATT CALVERT
- - -
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 76
LEON DRAISAITL
49 75
NATHAN MACKINNON
48 70
DAVID PASTRNAK
50 70
ARTEMI PANARIN
47 68
BRAD MARCHAND
50 65
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
47 64
JACK EICHEL
48 62
PATRICK KANE
50 62
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
50 37
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
49 34
AUSTON MATTHEWS
49 34
JACK EICHEL
48 28
NATHAN MACKINNON
48 28
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 49
LEON DRAISAITL
49 48
JOHN CARLSON
49 47
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
47 46
BRAD MARCHAND
50 44
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
ROMAN JOSI
47 48
VICTOR HEDMAN
46 41
DOUGIE HAMILTON
47 40
ALEX PIETRANGELO
49 40
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR
40 35
VICTOR OLOFSSON
42 35
QUINN HUGHES
48 34
DOMINIK KUBALIK
48 32
NICK SUZUKI
50 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
35 24
JORDAN BINNINGTON
35 22
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
39 22
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
41 21
CAREY PRICE
40 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
41 4
JAMES REIMER
20 3
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
20 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
23 3
TRISTAN JARRY
24 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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