Scouting the Philadelphia Flyers and Arizona Coyotes- Thursday
Dave Isaac: Scouts listed to attend Thursday’s Flyers-Coyotes game: Pittsburgh Penguins (2), Ottawa Senators (GM Pierre Dorion – Senators play Flyers today), Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, and the Washington Capitals.
Scouting the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche – Thursday
Stu Cowan: Scouts listed to attend Thursday’s Canadiens-Avs game: Anaheim Ducks (2), Columbus Blues Jackets (2), Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, and the Winnipeg Jets.
MacKinnon would take less again on his next contract
Jordan Horrobin of Forbes: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon on his current contract.
“I was just excited to get paid that much money at such a young age,” MacKinnon said Wednesday from his visitor’s room stall in Toronto. “Obviously it’s pretty (team) friendly now, but I was worth that at the time … I have no regrets.”
Recently some RFA aren’t signing early and holding out for more money.
“I think you want to get paid what you’re worth,” he 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.”
MacKinnon doesn’t want to have the Avs in a situation like the Maple Leafs are in with three players taking up over $33 million.
“We have guys that we wouldn’t (otherwise) be able to bring in,” MacKinnon said. “On my next deal, I’ll take less again. Because I want to win with this group.”
TSN: Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon said that he would take less on his next contract to help retain/gain more players as he wants to win with this group.
Darren Dreger said that he spoke with MacKinnon’s agent Pat Brisson.
“I spoke with his agent Pat Brisson earlier, and he said No. 1, MacKinnon wants to win. He wants to win a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche and if the pieces are right and they are in place and his contract were expiring, then yeah perhaps he’d be willing to take less money, but what’s the salary cap going to look like at that point? If it’s $90-plus million, taking less might be going from $14 to $13 million or $13 million down to $11.5 million so there’s a lot of work to get done before that happens.”