The Colorado Avalanche and Mikko Rantanen won't be holding contract negotiations until the offseason, the superstar winger revealed during his media availability at the All-Star festivities on Thursday night.
Rantanen is making his first All-Star Game appearance. He's in the middle of a career-best season while ranking second in league scoring with 74 points in 50 games.
The 21-year-old is playing out the final season of his entry-level contract. He'll be part a potentially stacked restricted free-agent class that could also feature Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Patrik Laine, Sebastian Aho, Matthew Tkachuk, and Brayden Point.
Rantanen is on track for a significant payday after his 84-point output last season, and with his 121-point pace in 2018-19. The Avalanche are in good shape to re-sign him, as the team will have roughly $34.3 million in available cap space for the 2019-20 season, per Cap Friendly.