MacKinnon: Negotiations are stalling

MacKinnon: negotiations stall

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Nathan MacKinnon will be a real bargain again this season, with an average annual salary of $6.3 million, but a contract extension that would pay him much more is in the plans. 

The star Colorado Avalanche player discussed his contract situation with Sportsnet on Thursday and admitted negotiations are taking longer than he expected. 

The Nova Scotian would have liked to re-sign with the defending Stanley Cup champions on July 13, the first day he had the opportunity to sign this extension.

“It's a little longer than expected, I guess,” said the 27-year-old hockey player.

MacKinnon believes the months-long talks could be settled before the start of the regular season in October. He's noticed some progress recently and said he's not on the fence with president of hockey operations Joe Sakic and general manager Chris MacFarland.

“I like Joe and 'C-Mac'. These guys are awesome. It's just a little work,” he said.

More than 10 million per season

Author of a season of 88 points in 65 games last year with the Avalanche, the center player added in the playoffs with 24 points in 20 games. The 2013 first-round pick has 648 points in 638 National League career games.

Could he now double the amount he will earn again in 2022- 2023 and command a salary as big as Connor McDavid ($12.5 million) in the future?

“You'll have to ask Pat [Brisson, his agent], MacKinnon said. I do not know. I hope it will be done soon.”