There is no danger of Nikita Zadorov leaving the Avalanche for the Kontinential Hockey League, and progress has been made in reaching a new contract with the Avs, sources tell BSN Denver.

“Trust me, they will have a deal. You can count on it,” said one source familiar with the negotiations between the Russian defenseman and the Avalanche.

While a deal is not yet done, sources tell BSN Denver that any worry that Zadorov would jump to the KHL, as has been speculated in some published reports, is unwarranted. Sources told BSN Denver last week that Zadorov was seeking between $2.75 million and $3 million per year on a new contract, while the Avalanche was offering more in the range of $2 million per. The sources also indicate that, depending on the length of a new contract, the per-year dollar figures could increase. For instance, if Zadorov takes more than just a short-term “bridge deal”, he could get more per year.

The tradeoff for Zadorov, in signing, say a five-year deal or longer, is that he would be signed past the first year of his opportunity to be an unrestricted free agent in four more completed seasons. But it wouldn’t be too big a gamble, probably, as Zadorov is still just 22.

Zadorov remains in the Miami area, training daily. The Avalanche had no public comment on negotiations with Zadorov, the principal player acquired in the trade that sent Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres.

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling "Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era" and "100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die", which was published in October, 2016.

  • Ace O’Dale

    I still like the idea of a 2yr “Prove It” bridge followed by a 5-6yr deal. I’d be fine with most anything as long as Zad stays an Av.

  • Scott Wilson

    Hope they pair him with EJ; he and Barrie didn’t mesh that well and defensive left us wide open too often. Don’t mind him getting a long term deal now as being a Lefty while most of our young blue line talent are Right Siders (Mironov, Meloche, Makar)