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Sheldon Dries signs. But the Avs still have one big RFA to sign, and we all know who that is

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So, the Avalanche re-signed 25-year-old forward Sheldon Dries to a one-year, two-way contract today. He’ll earn $735,000 at the NHL level, $395,000 at the AHL level – but he’ll make $450,000 guaranteed no matter what. Not sure I’ve ever heard of a contract structured that way before.

Thoughts on Dries: I mean, it’s obviously an organizational depth signing. He played 40 games for the Avs last season, almost exclusively on the fourth line, putting up three goals and three assists, with a minus-7. His Corsi in all situations was a less-than-stellar 43.6.

From the Avs’ release:

“He made the Avs’ opening-night roster as a rookie and skated in his first NHL game in Colorado’s season opener on Oct. 4 vs. Minnesota. Dries recorded his first NHL points with a goal and an assist on Nov. 1 at Calgary. The Macomb Township, Michigan, native also suited up in 25 contests for the American Hockey League’s Colorado Eagles, tallying 11 points (3g/8a) and adding one point (1g/0a) in four playoff appearances.

Dries (pronounced dr-EYE-z) has produced 41 points (22g/19a) in 95 regular-season AHL games for the Eagles and the Texas Stars. In his first professional season in 2017-18, he notched 30 points (19g/11a) in 70 regular-season games for Texas and added 10 points (10g/0a) in 22 playoff contests for the Western Conference champions, leading all rookies in postseason goals.”

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Dries was the lone remaining Avs restricted free agent who was eligible for arbitration. There remains just one main roster RFA player who is unsigned: Mikko Rantanen. (Vladislav Kamenev and A.J. Greer are also unsigned RFAs, but I don’t think either player would make the main roster right now).

My thoughts on where things stand with the Rantanen situation, based on some phone-calling, are as follows:

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