According to CBC sportswriter Tim Wharnsby, the Colorado Avalanche avoided arbitration with forward Mikhail Grigorenko as the two sides have agreed on a 1 year, $1.3 million contract.
The arbitration case was suppose to be held on Friday. Tim Wharnsby also reported earlier in the day that Mikhail Grigorenko was seeking $1.6 million through the arbitration process and the Avs were seeking to pay $950,000 for his services. The team and player ultimately sided in the middle. Grigorenko made $675,000 last season playing for the Avs.
Mikhail Grigorenko, 22 years old, was one of the major pieces in the trade that saw Ryan O’Reilly go to the Buffalo Sabres at the 2015 NHL Entry Level Draft. In his first year in Denver, Grigorenko set career highs in games played (74), goals (6), assists (21) and points (27).
With Grigorenko signed, Tyson Barrie remains the final piece of business for the Avs to take care of. Barrie, like Grigorenko, has decided to take the Avalanche through the arbitration process. Tyson Barrie’s arbitration case is set for Friday, July 29.