Avalanche training camp begins Thursday, with physicals and off-ice testing at the Pepsi Center. Star right winger Mikko Rantanen likely won’t be there, given that he doesn’t have a contract and he was still in his native Finland on Monday.

“This is definitely a waiting feeling, but you just have to be calm,” Rantanen told a Finnish newspaper. “There’s no panic yet. Already in the summer, I was prepared not to go back to (America) at the usual time. I am ready in theory, and it’s no shock that I’m still in Finland.”

The Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat caught up with Rantanen and published this story (translated through Reddit) Monday. It includes the following quotes from Rantanen:

“For the past four years I have gone to North America usually always late August. All NHL players who have practiced in Turku have already returned, so it’s a special feeling to be in Finland at this time,” Rantanen said.

He added: “I’d love to be in Denver already, but it can be quite peaceful. Yesterday I was able to watch the Finland-Italy match, so there are some positive things.”

Agent Mike Liut represents Rantanen. In August, Liut told The Denver Post there was little being discussed between the two parties, just days after Avs general manager Joe Sakic called Rantanen to see how his summer was going.