Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon on playing Oilers’ Connor McDavid in Western Conference Finals: ‘I don’t care’

As expected, Connor McDavid vs. Nathan MacKinnon is the biggest storyline leading into the Western Conference Finals. Two of the NHL’s biggest names are on the verge of a duel with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals at stake.

It’s everything people talked about in Game 1 on Tuesday. MacKinnon was asked Monday for his thoughts on playing arguably the best player in the NHL.

The Avalanche forward gave an honest answer that you would only get from a hockey player.

“For me, I don’t really think about it much. Obviously I see that stuff,” MacKinnon said. “Hopefully that brings in more viewers and lowers the escrow. Otherwise I don’t care.”

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In MacKinnon’s defense, he previously praised McDavid, saying, “I think he’s the best (player). I think he’s been the best for a while now.”

McDavid lit it up in the 2022 postseason. His 26 points are tied with teammate Leon Draisaitl for the championship lead. He has played a major role in both of Edmonton’s winning streaks; He registered a goal and an assist in Game 7 against the Kings and recorded the OT winner in Game 5 against the Flames.

MacKinnon also gave credit to Draisaitl, noting how extensive the Oilers roster is.

“They’re deeper than teams give them credit for,” MacKinnon said. “They are very deep. They wouldn’t be where they are without full team effort.”

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This is the first time both Superstars have played in the Conference Finals. MacKinnon and the Avs defeated the Predators in the first round before defeating the Blues in six games.

What is Escrow in the NHL?

Escrow is an intricate part of player payments and league revenue. According to Escrow.com, it is “a financial arrangement whereby a third party holds and regulates the payment of funds required by two parties involved in a particular transaction. It helps make transactions more secure by holding payment in a secure escrow account that is only released when all the terms of an agreement are met, as overseen by the escrow company.”

Essentially, a portion of a player’s salary goes into an escrow account each year, and how much they get back each year is determined by what it takes to achieve a 50/50 revenue split between the league and the players.

In terms of what MacKinnon said, the NHL’s more revenue from viewership means players would have to put less of their salaries in escrow.

What channel is Avalanche vs Oilers Game 1 on?

  • Date: Tuesday May 31st
  • TV channel: TNT (US) | Sportsnet, CBC (Canada)
  • Live broadcast: Sling TV

Game 1 of the Avalanche vs. Oilers series will be broadcast on TNT in the United States. Viewers in Canada can watch the game on Sportsnet and CBC.

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