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Dater’s Daily: Nathan MacKinnon Contract Speculation, Expanded Hockey Now Coverage On Way



Nathan MacKinnon

A fine Thursday to all of my merry band of Colorado Hockey Now subscribers and you drive-by folks too. About 85 degrees already here in Thornton at 10:20 a.m, but the forecast calls for some merciful cooling the next few days. Let’s do some hockey notes and links, starting with one on how Avalanche fans are buying everything in sight commemorating the Stanley Cup, some exciting news for Colorado Hockey Now subscribers and some Nathan MacKinnon contract speculation, among other things:

  • I was looking at the “minimalist” design by S. Preston of the Avalanche Cup win, and like it a lot. Even thought about buying one for young Thomas Dater, a huge Avalanche fan. But they’re all sold out – the only one of his other minimalist championship posters of teams from other sports. How much does that say about how rabid Avalanche fans are right now? Click here to see them at least (S. Preston Designs)
  • It’s tough to find other Avalanche Cup stuff too. The Altitude Authentics store does have some good stuff, though (Altitude Authentics)
  • Good news for CHN subscribers, and those of the other Hockey Now sites too: I’m going to cut and paste what my partner in crime, Dan Kingerski, wrote on the flagship Hockey Now site, Pittsburgh Hockey Now, this morning: the new platform is almost here! We began training and transferring a few sites yesterday. “The new platform means your ad-free PHN+ subscription (and CHN+ subscription will give you access to ALL of the Hockey Now sites and their subscription content.. BUT WAIT, there’s more! Our app is on the way. You’ll be able to configure it for the teams, sports, and breaking news you want. Our national homepage will be updated with the top stories in real time, and you’ll have a daily newsletter instead of many emails per day.”
  • I’ve got even more good news, for those fence-sitters who want to join the thousands of other Colorado Hockey Now subscribers: I’ll give you 20% off on a yearly subscription right now, from the normal $29.99  to $24.99, if you use the promo code word 5off in the quick and easy subscription checkout box here: (checkout box).
  • Hey, you know I don’t forget about you too, my existing subscribers who might have paid a fiver more. You can often get that price too (I run sales a fair bit) on the next go-around. I’m easy to find if you want to find me on that.
  • Lots of trade rumors involving Les Habitants lately (Montreal Hockey Now)
  • It’s been quiet lately on the Nathan MacKinnon contract front, at least to me anyway. A cone of silence appears to be under construction on it. That could be a very GOOD thing, that something might be getting done. We’ll see. I had a sourced story last month saying MacKinnon and his camp fully expect, when he signs his next deal, that he’ll be the current highest-paid player in the NHL, and I stand by that 1,000%. Other outlets picked up on the story (without crediting Colorado Hockey Now, how petty) and so I guess it’s “official” now lol.
  • I originally predicted a new AAV of $14.5 million per on the next deal. I might lower that a bit, to $13.5 or $14. The current highest salary in the NHL right now is $12.5 million.
  • Some people who know Nathan MacKinnon have told me he’s hungrier than ever for another Cup, that winning one has only made him more famished for another.
  • Sportsnet 32 Thoughts Podcast: Elliotte Friedman has the scoop on Evan Rodrigues and his choices.
  • Spoiler alert: Avalanche not in the mix apparently.
  • The Red Wings (boo) haven’t been in the playoffs for several years, but national hockey outlets still want to put them on TV a lot this season (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • Saw a pretty good documentary last night on the late Morton Downey Jr. He pretty much is the godfather of trashy TV, which Jerry Springer and many others later co-opted. (Amazon)
  • Don’t forget, it’s Avalanche Alumni weekend up in Vail this weekend. Plenty of ex-Avs to see, and Trista Sutter, of the original Bachelorette fame, is organizing it. More info. here

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