The Colorado Avalanche have bought out the final year of defenseman Francois Beauchemin's contract. But the Avalanche will only have to pay him two-thirds of that over two years, $3 million total. With the buyout, Beauchemin - who carried a no-movement clause for the upcoming season, and likely refuse to waive it for the Expansion Draft - will no longer be a player Colorado is required to protect from the Vegas Golden Knights.
TSN Hockey's protection list projection for Colorado listed the Avalanche protecting eight skaters instead of the seven-three-one approach.
Beauchemin had one season left on his three-year deal at a salary-cap hit of $4.5 million. He played in 525 games for the Ducks, scoring 53 goals and adding 126 assists. Avalanche GM Joe Sakic told Beauchemin that the decision to buy him out came from a desire for the team to get younger.
A native of Sorel, Quebec, Beauchemin was drafted 75th overall by the Montreal Canadiens at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Beauchemin had 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 81 games and was a minus-14; he sure seemed to play a lot worse than that, but 11 players had even higher plus/minus figures (Barrie and Matt Duchene each finished minus-34).
Beauchemin, 37, signed with Colorado in July 2015. The veteran player won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.