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Devils legend Scott Stevens loves Nathan MacKinnon's willingness to leave money on the table

7 décembre 2019
When Nathan MacKinnon came out earlier this week and stated that he plans to take less on his next contract, a lot of people were caught off-guard, in a good way. Here's what MacKinnon had to say in an interview with Forbes' Jordan Horrobin:

"We have guys that we wouldn't (otherwise) be able to bring in. On my next deal, I'll take less again. Because I want to win with this group."


On Friday, New Jersey Devils legend, Scott Stevens, praised MacKinnon's willingness to leave money on the table in order to give the Colorado Avalanche some financial flexibility to help build a team that is a perennial cup contender and, hopefully, win a championship.

"I'll tell you one thing, if I'm a free agent and I want to win a Stanley Cup one day, I will be going to Colorado and joining Nathan MacKinnon because he is willing to sacrifice for the team," commented Stevens.

The former Devils captain knows what it takes to win and just how important it is to make sacrifices for the good of the team in order to chase hockey's greatest prize. Although Stevens' sacrifices weren't monetary, it would be difficult to argue that the former Conn Smythe winner and Stanley Cup champion didn't sacrifice in other ways. The 55-year-old Kitchener, Ontario native was known for putting his body on the line, night in and night out, laying bone-jarring hits and even answering the bell and dropping the gloves whenever necessary.

"If you take care of your money and if you're smart, you'll have more than enough for your family and for yourself when you're done playing this game," Stevens continued, "but the bottom line is, you want to have a Stanley Cup. That's the most important thing. Nathan will have enough money, but he definitely wants a ring and if I want to win a Stanley Cup and I'm looking for a place to go, I'd be going to Colorado and joining Nathan MacKinnon, because he is saying the right things."

It's hard to argue with that logic. See the full video below:

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In a final game, one in three players in the NHL would choose Carey Price in front of the net. And you, what would be your choice?
   Carey Price
   Marc-André Fleury
   Tuukka Rask
   Jordan Binnington
   Connor Hellebuyck
   Braden Holtby
   Pekka Rinne
   Other
JANUARY 22, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
- 3 3
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
2 - 2
FILIP ZADINA
2 - 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
SETH JONES
1 1 2
ERIC STAAL
1 1 2
MATS ZUCCARELLO
1 1 2
TREVOR DALEY
- 2 2
MATT DUMBA
- 2 2
LUCA SBISA
- 2 2
MASON APPLETON
1 - 1
JORDAN GREENWAY
1 - 1
GUSTAV NYQUIST
1 - 1
NEAL PIONK
1 - 1
JASON ZUCKER
1 - 1
ANTHONY BITETTO
- 1 1
KEVIN FIALA
- 1 1
VALTTERI FILPPULA
- 1 1
NICK FOLIGNO
- 1 1
DYLAN LARKIN
- 1 1
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 76
LEON DRAISAITL
49 75
NATHAN MACKINNON
49 72
DAVID PASTRNAK
51 70
ARTEMI PANARIN
47 68
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
49 65
BRAD MARCHAND
51 65
PATRICK KANE
51 63
JACK EICHEL
48 62
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
51 37
AUSTON MATTHEWS
49 34
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
49 34
NATHAN MACKINNON
49 30
JACK EICHEL
48 28
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 49
LEON DRAISAITL
49 48
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
49 47
JOHN CARLSON
49 47
BRAD MARCHAND
51 44
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
ROMAN JOSI
47 48
VICTOR HEDMAN
46 41
DOUGIE HAMILTON
47 40
ALEX PIETRANGELO
49 40
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR
41 37
VICTOR OLOFSSON
42 35
QUINN HUGHES
48 34
DOMINIK KUBALIK
49 32
MARTIN NECAS
46 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
35 24
JORDAN BINNINGTON
35 22
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
39 22
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
42 21
CAREY PRICE
40 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
42 4
JAMES REIMER
20 3
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
21 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
24 3
TRISTAN JARRY
25 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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