The Buffalo Sabres’ top rookie is entering his fourth NHL season and is poised to lead the team to a second consecutive Stanley Cup.
But a season that saw the No. 2 pick finish sixth in the NHL scoring race, including a Stanley Cup Final MVP award, could prove to be a challenging one for the 21-year-old.
The Sabres and MacKampons agent, Michael Hirschhorn, told the Buffalo News that the NHL is exploring his options following a positive NHL Draft Combine.
Hirschhorn said the NHL has been working with MacKamps agent, Chris O’Brien, to try to find a new home for the 6-foot-4, 212-pound winger.
Hirschhorns representatives were in attendance at the NHL Combine, and the agent confirmed he has been in touch with the New Jersey Devils about his future.
Hitchcock said during the season that he would like to keep MacKAMPONS in Buffalo, but he’s open to other teams considering him.
He also noted that there are plenty of young players in the League, including MacKAINS former teammate in the American Hockey League, Connor McDavid, who is in the final year of his contract with the Edmonton Oilers.HITCHOCK said MacKAMS future is unclear, but if he does sign a new contract with a team that wants him, it will be with the same franchise that drafted him.
If MacKammons agent is able to find an offer that is attractive to him, he would likely sign a five-year deal worth $15 million per season, according to the New York Daily News.
The news comes after the Sabres signed MacKAMINS son, Tyler, to a four-year contract with an annual cap hit of $5.9 million.
MacKAMPONS new contract also includes an opt-out clause that could mean the Sabres could sign him to a contract that does not have an annual limit.HIRSHHORN said the Sabres are in contact with the Devils about MacKamens future.
HIRSHHRHORN was in Buffalo on Tuesday, and he said he has spoken to the team about MacAINS potential contract.
Hirshhorn said MacAINS contract would likely be in the $15M range.
MacAINTs agent, O’BRIEN, told reporters that MacAINAs contract is likely in the range of $18M per season.
The Buffalo News first reported on the MacKannons future.
The Devils were the only team to offer a contract worth $20 million or more per season with MacAAMI.
Hatchon has indicated that the team wants MacAIMS to stay, and that he wants to keep him.
MacAAMI will not play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but HIRHENS agent has told the paper that the Devils are considering bringing him back to New Jersey.
Hirs team will be on the lookout for another young winger, according with the paper, with some clubs including the Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators, and Washington Capitals interested in MacAAMIS future.