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Lace ’em up. Time for the Morning Skate.
NHL training camp is a mere few weeks away, and the Colorado Avalanche and defenseman Nikita Zadorov have yet to sign a deal. While there are still a few contract holdouts as the offseason comes to a close, none seem to be as close to completion as Zadorov and the Avalanche.
Back in early August, sources were reporting that Zadorov and the Avalanche were close to a two-year deal. On Wednesday, we got an update to the situation, and reportedly the difference between Zadorov's ask and the Avalanche's limit is a mere $500,000. According to Adrian Dater with BSNDenver.com, Zadorov is asking for $2.5 million per season while the Avalanche only want to pay him $2 million.
Zadorov hasn't exactly lived up to his pedigree as the 16th overall selection in the 2013 NHL draft, with just 28 points overall in 145 games played. However, the Avalanche don't really have anything to lose by giving the 22-year-old defenseman the additional $500,000 per year. Currently, the Avalanche have $11.6 million in cap space with only three defensemen under contract, according to Cap Friendly. Quibbling over a mere $500,000 with just a few more pieces to sign seems outlandish given how conservative they have been with their roster this offseason.
Plus, should they get their wish to ship Matt Duchene off the team, an additional $6 million in cap space will be freed up for each of the next two seasons, just in time for Zadorov's modest two-year payday.
The Avalanche don't have a lot going their way at the moment after a miserable 2016-17 season and losing out on Will Butcher, but they aren't making it any easier for themselves on otherwise simple calls.
DOAN IS DONE IN THE DESERT, AND IN THE NHL
Shane Doan, former captain of the Arizona Coyotes, has announced his retirement after 21 seasons in the NHL. Doan was captain of the Coyotes for the last 14 seasons, but Arizona declined to pick up his contract back in June.
Many wondered if Doan would sign a deal with another NHL club for one last shot at a Stanley Cup, but in a letter penned to The Arizona Republic he said he always knew this past year would be his last.
OFFSEASON GOALIE UPGRADES COULD BENEFIT THESE TEAMS
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