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Avalanche and Rantanen agree to six-year, $55.5m deal

September 29 2019 4:04 AM

NHL All-Star Mikko Rantanen agreed to a six-year, $55.5million deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

The Avalanche confirmed Rantanen's deal on Saturday, which will see the 22-year-old remain in Colorado until at least the 2024-25 season.

Rantanen had a career-high 87 points in 2018-19, leading to an All-Star selection.

"Signing Mikko to a long-term deal has been a priority, and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six years," general manager Joe Sakic said in a release.

"Mikko has established himself as one of the premier young wingers in the NHL and is a big part of our core group. We look forward to having him back with the team as we get ready to start the season."

Rantanen formed possibly the best line in all of hockey last year alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, and the winger might have been the best player out of those three at times.

He scored 31 goals and added 56 assists as the Avalanche made the playoffs for the second straight year and lost to the San Jose Sharks in the second round in a controversial seven-game series.

With the regular season just days away, it looked like Rantanen could go into the campaign without a deal, but like Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets and Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he came up with a contract just in time.

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