Today Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 the Colorado Avalanche have announced that signing of forward Sven Andrighetto. The Avalanche acquired Andrighetto at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for Andreas Martinsen. Andrighetto played on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. He was on a 69 point pace from the time he joined the Avalanche. He scored 5 goals and 11 assists in games with the Avalanche after the trade.
According to BSN Avalanche, it is being reported that it is a 2-year deal worth $2.8 million total. The breakdown of the deal is $1.25 million in year 1 and $1.55 million in year two. This is a classic bridge deal. In a time where these kinds of contracts are seeming to go away, it is awesome to see that they were able to agree on this deal. I think that it’s a perfect situation for a bridge deal for Sven and for the Avalanche. It sets up Sven to bet on himself and prove that he is ready for that “big boy contract” in 2 years. If he can show that his end of season output was not just a fluke on the top line for the Avalanche he will be looking at a serious raise in 2 years.
I really like the deal and the situation. I think that when the Avalanche protected him in the expansion draft it showed that they were concerned with Vegas taking him and they did not want to lose him. I am also happy to see that it’s a 2-year bridge deal and not a massive 5+ year deal at this point. That, in my opinion, would be way overblown at this point. Sven has shown that he is very good and a very skilled player. He brings a lot of speed as well as the skill to this Avalanche team that has general manager Joe Sakic preaching “we want to get younger and faster” and Sven absolutely adds to that goal.
I personally feel like Sven could be a player who emerges in Colorado as a legitimate top 6 player and use the situation in Denver to really develop his game and become a household name by the end of his contract he just signed.
The Colorado Avalanche still have many players who they qualified that they have yet to sign. Of note, Nikita Zadorov is one name that most Avalanche fans are holding their breath on. We will bring you word on the contract negotiations there as soon as we learn of any developments.
What do you think about this 2-year bridge deal for Andrighetto? Let us know in the comments and we would love to continue the hockey chat there with you! Thanks, everyone, have a great day and until next time…