After a long offseason, the Avalanche and Nikita Zadorov have agreed on a contract. Zadorov has missed two days of camp because of being without a contract. The two sides were haggling between $2M and $2.5M AAV. Both sides were very adamant in not backing down. Today it seems both teams gave in. The deal is a 2 year deal at $2.15M per year. (per BSNDenver)
Zadorov was a cornerstone in the Ryan O’Reilly deal that happened in 2015 which sent Zadorov, Grigorenko, JT Compher, and a second-round pick to Colorado. Much of the success of this trade falls on Zadorov, so it is good to hear that the standoff has ended, it went on long enough. Now the Avalanche can move on with their defensive core going into the season.
Look forward to seeing Zadorov in camp this weekend.