Avalanche buy out defenseman Francois Beauchemin

Paola Ditto
Giugno 15, 2017

The Colorado Avalanche have bought out the remaining contract of veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin.

The NHL Expansion Draft requires all players with "No Movement" clauses in their contract to protect that player from the Las Vegas Knights who will select a player from each team on Wednesday next week. The Avalanche will actually end up saving $1.5 million over the next two years with this buy out, saving $3.0 million next year and having a $1.5 million loss the following season.

In his second season with Colorado, Beauchemin had five goals and 13 assists. The team announced Thursday morning it will buy out the final year of the 37-year-old's $4.5 million annual contract, with no salary-cap benefit for 2017-18. They finished in last by a 21-point margin.

Colorado is bound to protect defensemen Erik Johnson (NMC), Tyson Barrie and Nikita Zadorov, and possibly Mark Barbario if it goes the 8/1 route. Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Carl Soderberg are the forwards projected to be protected.

He leaves the Avalanche with a career total of 271 points (73 goals/198 assists) in 836 National Hockey League games. Beauchemin only played in 11 games for Columbus, with two assists during that time, and only a single game for the Montreal Canadiens.

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