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Devils legend Scott Stevens loves Nathan MacKinnon's willingness to leave money on the table

7 décembre 2019
When Nathan MacKinnon came out earlier this week and stated that he plans to take less on his next contract, a lot of people were caught off-guard, in a good way. Here's what MacKinnon had to say in an interview with Forbes' Jordan Horrobin:

"We have guys that we wouldn't (otherwise) be able to bring in. On my next deal, I'll take less again. Because I want to win with this group."


On Friday, New Jersey Devils legend, Scott Stevens, praised MacKinnon's willingness to leave money on the table in order to give the Colorado Avalanche some financial flexibility to help build a team that is a perennial cup contender and, hopefully, win a championship.

"I'll tell you one thing, if I'm a free agent and I want to win a Stanley Cup one day, I will be going to Colorado and joining Nathan MacKinnon because he is willing to sacrifice for the team," commented Stevens.

The former Devils captain knows what it takes to win and just how important it is to make sacrifices for the good of the team in order to chase hockey's greatest prize. Although Stevens' sacrifices weren't monetary, it would be difficult to argue that the former Conn Smythe winner and Stanley Cup champion didn't sacrifice in other ways. The 55-year-old Kitchener, Ontario native was known for putting his body on the line, night in and night out, laying bone-jarring hits and even answering the bell and dropping the gloves whenever necessary.

"If you take care of your money and if you're smart, you'll have more than enough for your family and for yourself when you're done playing this game," Stevens continued, "but the bottom line is, you want to have a Stanley Cup. That's the most important thing. Nathan will have enough money, but he definitely wants a ring and if I want to win a Stanley Cup and I'm looking for a place to go, I'd be going to Colorado and joining Nathan MacKinnon, because he is saying the right things."

It's hard to argue with that logic. See the full video below:

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With 33 games to play and 7 points of a place in the playoffs, do you still believe in the chances of the Habs to participate?
   Yes, everything is still possible
   No, it's over
JANUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
3 - 3
ANZE KOPITAR
1 2 3
TOMAS TATAR
1 2 3
PHILLIP DANAULT
- 3 3
ILYA KOVALCHUK
2 - 2
NIKITA KUCHEROV
2 - 2
CAM ATKINSON
1 1 2
CONNOR BROWN
1 1 2
JOSH MANSON
1 1 2
RICKARD RAKELL
1 1 2
PAUL STASTNY
1 1 2
MARK STONE
1 1 2
MIKA ZIBANEJAD
1 1 2
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
- 2 2
JOHN CARLSON
- 2 2
CAM FOWLER
- 2 2
RYAN GETZLAF
- 2 2
KARSON KUHLMAN
- 2 2
KYLE OKPOSO
- 2 2
DAVID PASTRNAK
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
48 74
LEON DRAISAITL
48 73
ARTEMI PANARIN
46 68
NATHAN MACKINNON
47 68
DAVID PASTRNAK
49 68
BRAD MARCHAND
49 64
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
46 62
JACK EICHEL
47 62
PATRICK KANE
48 60
JOHN CARLSON
48 58
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
49 36
AUSTON MATTHEWS
48 34
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
48 31
JACK EICHEL
47 28
NATHAN MACKINNON
47 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
48 49
LEON DRAISAITL
48 46
JOHN CARLSON
48 45
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
46 44
BRAD MARCHAND
49 43
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
48 58
ROMAN JOSI
46 47
VICTOR HEDMAN
45 41
DOUGIE HAMILTON
47 40
ALEX PIETRANGELO
48 38
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
VICTOR OLOFSSON
42 35
CALE MAKAR
39 34
QUINN HUGHES
47 33
DOMINIK KUBALIK
46 28
NICK SUZUKI
49 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
34 23
JORDAN BINNINGTON
34 22
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
38 22
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
39 21
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
34 19
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
39 4
JAMES REIMER
18 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
22 3
TRISTAN JARRY
24 3
PEKKA RINNE
28 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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