This summer in the National Hockey League it’s not just the draft that’s going to be very exciting and interesting. There is also the free agent market that could give us a show.
As we speak, many other players appear to be heading towards full autonomy on July 13th.
We can think, among others, of Johnny Gaudreau, Nazem Kadri, Filip Forsberg, etc.
Several teams will therefore be forced to let some of their players go due to their salary situation.
One such team that will get quite a headache is the Colorado Avalanche.
In fact, Joe Sakic, the team’s general manager, will have a lot of work to do after the Stanley Cup final to keep his roster as competitive as possible.
Looking at the current gap under Avalanche’s salary cap (around $ 25.6 million), you’d think it would all be easy.
However, several players will have to resign and many of them will clearly ask for a significant salary increase.
To keep it as short as possible, here are the “important” players that the Avalanche will most likely try to re-sign.
- Artturi Lehkonen – Left winger – 26 years – FRG
- Andre Burakovsky – Left Winger – 27 years old – UFA
- Nazem Kadri – Center – 31 years old – UFA
- Valeri Nichushkin – Left Winger – 27 years old – UFA
- Josh Manson – Right-handed defender – 30 years old – UFA
The player here who will most likely ask for a great pay raise besides Nazem Kadri who will most likely become a free agent is Valeri Nichushkin.
Indeed, thanks to his solid season (25 – 27 – 52 in 62 games), but above all thanks to his excellent current performances in the playoffs, Nichushkin will ask for a major contract.
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The Russian winger earned $ 2.5 million annually this season. he will therefore clearly ask for a significant salary increase, and he knows very well that by testing the free agent market he could get the contract of his career.
The question of whether Avalanche will be able to re-sign it therefore arises very seriously.
The style of player that Nichushkin is and the way he is playing right now will keep many NHL teams on the alert about these talks with Joe Sakic.
This type of player who is able to do everything well on the ice as well as perform well in the playoffs is a rare commodity that many teams are willing to pay dearly for.
A team like the Montreal Canadiens could be very interested in a player like Nichushkin, especially if he enlists Shane Wright and not Juraj Slafkovksy first in the draft.
Slafkovsky has often been compared to Nichushkin in recent weeks.
In short, it will be really interesting to see what happens in the case of Nichushkin and his next contract.
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