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Colorado Avalanche Still Talking With Nazem Kadri, Josh Manson As Deadline Nears



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Still talking. That’s what I’m hearing, anyway, regarding the situations with potential Colorado Avalanche unrestricted free agents Nazem Kadri and Josh Manson as the 10 a.m. market opening looms.

As of late last night, a source familiar with the Manson situation said the Avalanche was still in it for the big D-man. I heard the same with Nazem Kadri, that “the door isn’t shut” for a possible Kadri return to Colorado.

That’s about all I know. Will either player sign with the Colorado Avalanche today? We still don’t know. If the Avalanche somehow pull a rabbit out of a hat and sign both guys, they will need to move out some other salary at some point before the start of the season.

The Avalanche has about $15 million to spend, but don’t forget about Artturi Lehkonen, the restricted free agent who will eat into that number with his next deal – whenever that is. He’s not going anywhere, so don’t worry about that at least.

I haven’t heard anything substantial in the way of talks between the Avalanche and veterans Jack Johnson and Darren Helm. Maybe they could circle back to Colorado when the initial frenzy is over and there’s some money left in the till.

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If Kadri leaves, Andrew Copp might be a nice replacement, or Vincent Trochek. Or, hey, maybe those Patrick Kane rumors will come to fruition. There are still a lot of big names out there who might be on new teams today, so it’s going to be very interesting.

Darcy Kuemper, I hear, will be a Washington Capital. We’ll see, but that’s what I am hearing. It would not shock me if Helm went back to Detroit, by the way. *HELM came back after all.

Saddle up for a long day kids.

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Spencer Bradshaw

Copp to the Wings is all but confirmed per Dreger.

Kane trade, if it ever happens, would be in the middle of the season per Seravalli.

Trocheck likely to Pittsburgh.


I don’t necessarily see us renewing with Kadri. Seeing what Nichushkin got on his deal, you’d imagine that Kadri will take home 7.5 AAV or more easily. But he’s 5 years older than Nuke and I can’t see him keeping up his point production for more than 3 years or so.

Frankly because of age consideration, I’d be more interested in renewing Burakovsky. He’s a proven scorer and his production may still be rising for a few more years to come.

Aaron Rud

Winter in Detroilet must be so enjoyable.
I don’t blame Manson if he leaves. He spent what, 10 years in Anaheim? Nice weather. Established. I kinda get it. I can’t, however, understand wintering in a crappy place on a crappy team. Count me out.


Really? What self-respecting hockey player would be worried about living somewhere that it’s cold? We’re not talking about beach volleyball or shuffleboard here.


What about Burkakovsky, AD?

Donald Victory

I’d say time to try new things he made 4.9 I believe…not worth it for the streakiness

Ryan Krueger

Not that he had much impact but what is the situation with Sturm?

Glendon Gulliver

Manson signed, Helm signed. Still working on Lehkonen? Who will be 2C?


Manson is signing with the Avs. 4 years x $18m. Yes please!

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