Bye Bye Beauchemin
After weeks, if not months, of speculating on whether or not the Colorado Avalanche would buy out defenseman Francois Beauchemin, on June 15 we finally got clarity on the situation.
It was announced on Thursday, just days before Expansion Draft protection lists would need to be submitted, that the Avalanche will buy out the final year of Francois Beauchemin’s contract.
Beauchemin was signed to a 3 year, $13.5 million contract on July 1 2015. In his two seasons with the Avs, Beauchemin played in every single game but one, scoring 13 goals and 52 points in 163 games.
Beauchemin, 37, had a No Movement clause which would require the Avalanche to protect him in the Expansion Draft if he declined to waive it.
According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Beauchemin‘s agent was informed by Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on June 14 of their decision to buy out Beauchemin‘s contract. Beauchemin was also not asked by the Avalanche to waive his NMC either.
Expansion Draft Protection List
Now with Beauchemin being a non-factor heading into the Expansion Draft, the Avalanche have a choice between going the 7 forwards, 3 d-men, 1 goalie route or the 8 skaters, 1 goalie route.
If the Avs go the 8-1 route that would mean the Avs would want to protect defenseman Mark Barberio. If that’s the case, the Avs would have to quickly sign one of Patrick Wiercioch, Cody Goloubef or Fedor Tyutin so they can satisfy Expansion Draft exposure requirements of having one d-man exposed who is under contract for next season AND has either played in 40 games this past season OR 70 games combined in the previous two seasons.
If Saturday night comes around and the Avs have not re-signed one of the three mentioned names from above, Barberio will be exposed in the Expansion Draft and the Avalanche will go the 7-3-1 route.
The 7 forwards the Avs would protect? Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Sven Andrighetto and Matt Nieto would be locks. Then the Avs would have to choose two of the following to protect: Mikhail Grigorenko, Blake Comeau, Joe Colborne, Carl Soderberg.