It became official as the Colorado Avalanche signed Andre Burakovsky to a one-year deal for $3.25M. The 24-year old was acquired last month and looks to rebound from the back-to-back 25-point seasons he posted in Washington.
For those in cap leagues, it’s unlikely he skates on the top line or top PP unit. That, combined with a lack of peripherals, makes that contract tough to roster. Even if he cracks 20 goals for the first time, it’ll be an empty 20 goals.
A couple first round picks signed their ELCs on Monday, as Jets defenceman Ville Heinola signed his three-year deal for an AAV of $1.137M and Sabres forward Dylan Cozens signed his (salary unknown, or at least I didn’t see it).
You can read Heinola’s profile here and the Cozens profile here. Our own Jokke Nevalainen did a deeper dive on Heinola that readers can peruse here.
We’re starting to get some season-long odds roll in and these are BetOnline’s odds for teams to win the East:
It’s still early in the offseason but Carolina at 20/1, lower than the Rangers and Islanders, seems like a pretty good bet. I think there’s a good argument they’re the best team in the Metro, especially if Justin Williams re-signs. I get the concerns over goaltending, but the vast majority of teams have concerns about goaltending, the Rangers and Islanders among them.
Last week in these Ramblings I discussed the start of my rankings. They were just some general thoughts in the first iteration of my 2019-20 projections. Nothing too specific, just starting to get the ball rolling.