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Andre Burakovsky Signs 1-Year Contract With the Colorado Avalanche

Andre Burakovsky has signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. The 24-year-old forward was traded to the Avalanche from the Washington Capitals on June 28. The Capitals received forward Scott Kosmachuk, 2020 second-round draft pick and 2020 third-round draft pick. 

Burakovsky was a restricted free agent. According to multiple reports, Burakovsky signed the mandatory qualifying offer that was offered by the Capitals. All qualifying offers in the NHL expire at the end of Monday. 

What Burakovsky Brings To The Table

Drafted by the Capitals in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Burakovsky played 328 total regular season games and posted 145 points (62 goals, 83 assists). The young forward provides playoff experience, scoring 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 56 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

His most successful year was when the Capitals won their first Stanley Cup title in 2018. He scored six points (two goals, four assists) in 13 playoff games. 

Last season Burakovsky scored 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in just 76 regular-season games. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he scored two points (one goal, one assist) in seven games. The skillful winger spent a lot of time in third-line this season, leaving him frustrated with his role. 

Joe Sakic On Burakovsky

“We are excited to be adding a big, fast, skilled winger like Andre,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said at the time of the trade. “He already has a lot of NHL experience at a young age and is a Stanley Cup winner who has performed well in the playoffs. At just 24 he is entering the prime years of his career and we feel with an added role, he will be a great addition to our team.”


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