Ramblings: Day 2 of Free Agency: Burakovsky Extends, Kevin Goes to Labanc, and the Mike Smith Experience Is Back In Edmonton! (Oct 11)

Ian Gooding


Need a place to follow all of our fantasy takes from a crazy Day 1 of free agency? Check out our Free Agency Tracker page.

Day 2 wasn't quite as busy, but we also provided several Fantasy Takes on Saturday as well. Here's the list:

Fantasy Take: Greiss To Detroit Ice, Baby

Fantasy Take: Smith Ships Up To Boston

Fantasy Take: Tyson Barrie Punches Ticket To Edmonton

Fantasy Impact: Johnsson For Anderson – Leafs Make Deal With The Devil(S)

Fantasy Take: Blackhawks Trade Saad To Avalanche For Zadorov

Because there's enough news to discuss beyond the obvious big signings, I'm again going to concentrate on the other news, such as the lesser signings and re-signings.


The Avalanche have signed Andre Burakovsky to a two-year extension with a cap hit of $4.9 million. In his first season in Colorado, Burakovsky earned this contract with a career-high 45 points (20g-25a) in 58 games. Even though the point total might not seem high, this was production that is similar to the likes of Victor Olofsson, Elias Lindholm, Bo Horvat, and Claude Giroux. Burakovsky followed that up with an outstanding postseason, scoring 17 points in 15 games.

I wrote a bit more about Burakovsky in the September 13 Ramblings. In that article, I also mentioned the high shooting percentage (19.4%). Yet even if his goal total drops as a result, he should supply enough assists to make him a possible value grab in single-season drafts.

Later in the day, the Avs re-signed another forward in