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Andre Burakovsky Re-Signs with Avalanche

Andre Burakovsky will remain with the Colorado Avalanche on a two-year, $9.8 million contract.

The Colorado Avalanche didn’t do much on Day 1 of NHL free agency but they were among the first teams to take care of some business on Day 2. The organization has signed one of their restricted free agents as TSN’s Darren Dreger reports winger Andre Burakovsky will remain with the team on a two-year, $9.8 million contract.  The deal pays $4.4 million in 2020-21 and $5.4 million in 2021-22.

In a trade that saw the Avs send second and third-round picks the other way, Buravosky came over to Colorado from the Washington Capitals during the previous offseason. It was a solid trade that led to good production from Burakovsky. He posted 20 goals and 25 assists in 58 games while playing 15:12 per night. Burakovsky was also a big contributor in the playoffs posting seven goals and ten assists in 15 games, even without being on one of the top two lines.

This raise from $3.25 million does however represent a possible shift in deployment as he’s more likely to take on top-six minutes making this kind of annual average.

Avs Buy One Year of UFA Status from Forward

For the forward, this deal makes it so that he hits unrestricted free agency one season later than he normally would have. He was UFA-eligible in 2021 and this deal buys one additional year of free agency from the winger. That might typically be a bad thing, but in the case of a flat salary cap, it’s not the end of the world for Burakovsky who can now hit free agency again at 27 years old and when NHL revenues have started to potentially climb again.

The signing leaves the Avs with $17.464 million left in cap space to get deals done.

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