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Rantanen remains restricted free agent

Connor also missing preseason games

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

With preseason games in full swing, NHL.com takes another look at the top remaining restricted free agents.

Any restricted free agent who does not sign by Dec. 1 cannot play for the remainder of the NHL season.

Here are the significant players (listed alphabetically):

 

[RELATED: Best remaining unrestricted free agents | NHL Free Agent Tracker]

 

Forwards

Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets

Connor said his plan was to re-sign with the Jets before training camp but he did not. The 22-year-old had NHL career highs in goals (34), assists (32) and points (66) in 82 games last season, after leading NHL rookies with 31 goals in 2017-18. Connor has 128 points (67 goals, 61 assists) in 178 NHL games and 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche

Rantanen's agent said Sept. 18 the forward and the Avalanche were not close to a contract. Rantanen had NHL career highs in goals (31), assists (56) and points (87) in 74 games last season, and was highly effective on the power play (16 goals, 33 points). He had more goals, assists and points than the previous season in each of the past three (he was held without a point in nine games in 2015-16), and the 22-year-old was the second-leading scorer for the Avalanche behind center Nathan MacKinnon (99 points; 41 goals, 58 assists) in 2018-19. Rantanen has 209 points (80 goals, 129 assists) in 239 NHL games.

 

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