Of the unrestricted free-agent Avalanche players, who are most likely to stay?
Five guys. Not the burger chain, but five guys from the Avalanche can become unrestricted free agents on July 1, guys who played regularly or semi-regularly for the team in 2018-19.
Today is June 15, the first day when some CBA-related contract stuff can start happening, such as team-elected arbitration on restricted free agents they don’t think they’ll be able to come to a contract agreement on their own with. I don’t expect the Avs to do that with anyone. RFAs who are arbitration-eligible have until July 5 to notify teams of their intent to file for it. The Avs have five RFAs who are arbitration-eligible (Alexander Kerfoot, Sven Andrighetto, J.T. Compher, Nikita Zadorov and Ryan Graves). More on them another time.
Of the UFAs, these are the five guys: Semyon Varlamov, Colin Wilson, Patrik Nemeth, Gabriel Bourque and Derick Brassard.
Let me give you my thoughts on each one, whether there’s a chance they come back or not: