Avalanche agree to a six-year deal with Mikko Rantanen

Apr 13, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith (41) stops a shot from Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

As first reported by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Colorado Avalanche have agreed to terms on a six-year, $55.5 million deal with restricted free agent forward Mikko Rantanen. The contract will pay him $9.25 million per season.

Rantanen, 22, is now the highest-paid player on the Avs roster, making nearly $3 million more per season than linemate and All-Star Nathan MacKinnon.

The 2019 NHL All-Star recorded career highs last season in goals (31), assists (56), and points (87) while appearing in 74 games for the Avs. In the playoffs, Rantanen led Colorado in all three categories, scoring six goals, eight assists, and 14 points.

Rantanen will join the Avalanche at the conclusion of their preseason, as the Avs are currently in Dallas for their final exhibition contest against the Stars. He was one of the final three remaining restricted free agents in the NHL without a contract.

Rantanen Contract breakdown:

2019-20: $12 million

2020-21: $12 million

2021-22: $10 million

2022-23: $6 million

2023-24: $9.5 million

2024-25: $6 million