This season, Avalanche were able to witness Nazem Kadri’s attacking blossom. The striker, who had never crossed the 61-point mark in a season, has found a way to collect 87 this season, and this, in 71 games.
And in the playoffs, he added 15 points in 16 games, including scoring the winner in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final while trailing a severe thumb injury.
Clearly, Kadri has found the right moment to experience such a season, he who will become a free agent in ten days. Obviously Avalanche would like to keep his services, but salary could be a problem.
Indeed, the striker would like to receive $ 8 or $ 9 million a year on his next contract, and that may be a little too high for Avalanche.
Dreger on Insider Trading: “Joe Sakic made Nazem Kadri a priority … Can Colorado afford the 8-9M price on an AAV? Well we’ll find out, so there will be extension talks with the AVS early next year. next weekend”.
– NHL scout (@NHL_observer) 1 July 2022
Currently, the Avalanches have just under $ 26 million under the salary cap for next season. But there is Very people who need a new contract for next season: Kadri, Darcy Kuemper, Valeri Nichushkin, Andre Burakovsky, Josh Manson (who seems to be leaving), Darren Helm, Andrew Cogliano, Jack Johnson and Nico Sturm, among others, soon become a free agent without compensation.
And to this list must be added Artturi Lehkonen and Nicolas Aubé-Kubel, who will be free agents with compensation.
If we push the note further, Joe Sakic will also have to take into account that Nathan MacKinnon’s contract will expire at the end of the 2022-23 season and, clearly, it will be the team’s # 1 priority.
MacKinnon has always been willing to take less money to stay in Colorado than he could have earned on the market (he only made $ 6.3 million for a few seasons) and will likely do it again for his next contract, but either way, it’s money the team should be ready to spend.
I mean, is it realistic to see Kadri stay with the Avalanche next year? Personally, I doubt it, but if he’s willing to accept a little less money, maybe that’s okay. I think the Avalanche are more likely to hold Nichushkin back And Burakovsky (which could cost $ 8-9 million between them) rather than spending that money on a single player, but we’ll see what happens to that file over the next few weeks.
– Was unofficialbut it’s time official : Jim Montgomery will lead the Bruins next year.
Monty is the man.
The Boston Bruins have named Jim Montgomery the 29th manager in franchise history.
📰: https://t.co/HbjR4HJ565 pic.twitter.com/C1HeaBwFRQ
—Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) 1 July 2022
– A new assistant to the Blues. He’ll probably replace Montgomery.
Craig MacTavish joins the Blues as assistant coach on Craig Berube’s staff. https://t.co/ndt52tAiaY #stlblues
– St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) 1 July 2022
– Very interesting.
Logan Cooley’s Hockey Journey: From “Little Penguin” to the Best Perspective of the 2022 NHL Draft https://t.co/JtL7TkjQqo
– Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) 1 July 2022
– Changes behind the bench in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Canucks have appointed Mike Yeo and Trent Cull assistant coaches to Bruce Boudreau’s staff.
Jeremy Colliton has been named head coach of the Abbotsford Canucks. pic.twitter.com/BlD1E7JYqb
—Full hockey news (@CompleteHkyNews) 1 July 2022
– Great signing in the NBA.
He will be able to receive $ 215 million over the next five years. https://t.co/pyXCrsBfGU
– AlleyOop360 (@ AlleyOop360) 1 July 2022