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Colorado Avalanche signed Nikolai Kovalenko (2 Years / $925,000 AAV)

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Jul. 25, 2023 at 2:43 p.m.
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Nikolai Kovalenko has signed a new contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
Entry-Level Contract
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SIGNED BY: Chris MacFarland
Length: 2 years
Value: $1,850,000
Expiry Status: RFA
Cap % Tooltip: 1.07
Signing Team: Logo of the Colorado AvalancheColorado Avalanche
Signing Date: Jul. 25, 2023
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Nikolai Kovalenko signed a 2 year, $1,850,000 contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Jul. 25, 2023. The contract has a cap hit of $896,250.

SEASONClauseCap HitTooltipAAV TooltipP. BonusesTooltipS. BonusesTooltipBase SalaryTooltipTotal SalaryTooltipMinors SalTooltip
2023-24$896,250$925,000$0$92,500$832,500$925,000$70,000
2024-25$896,250$925,000$57,500$92,500$775,000$867,500$70,000
TOTAL$1,792,500$1,850,000$57,500$185,000$1,607,500$1,792,500$140,000
Qualifying OfferTooltip: $813,750
CONTRACT NOTE: European Assignment Clause in 2023-24 only
European Union This contract includes a European Assignment Clause
Jul. 25, 2023 at 2:52 p.m.
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They are able to get the **** out of Russia, so good for them. And if they play a single game in the NHL, it will be better than most 6th round draftees manage.
Jul. 25, 2023 at 3:18 p.m.
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Jul. 25, 2023 at 3:24 p.m.
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Holy crap it’s actually happening
Jul. 25, 2023 at 3:37 p.m.
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YES! Welcome Kovalenko! See you in March lol
Jul. 25, 2023 at 4:19 p.m.
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WHO VOTED NO?!?!?!?💀
Jul. 25, 2023 at 4:57 p.m.
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They are able to get the **** out of Russia, so good for them. And if they play a single game in the NHL, it will be better than most 6th round draftees manage.


This dude scored almost a point per game in the KHL as a 22 year old last year. It is very likely he will see the ice in the NHL and be the first late round Avs pick to do so since Tyson Barrie (if 3rd round even counts as late round). We SUCK at drafting guys after round 1. This is a huge win for our scouting department.
Jul. 25, 2023 at 6:25 p.m.
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WHO VOTED NO?!?!?!?💀


The people who still think it's funny to vote No on entry level deals in 2023.
Jul. 25, 2023 at 7:38 p.m.
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The only thing that sucks about it for the Avs is that we get him in the NHL for barely over 1 season. It's great we get him at all don't get me wrong; it's just not the same as other prospects signing a 3 year ELC with the hope you get 2+ seasons on the cheap.
Jul. 25, 2023 at 7:44 p.m.
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Quoting: HockeyScotty
The only thing that sucks about it for the Avs is that we get him in the NHL for barely over 1 season. It's great we get him at all don't get me wrong; it's just not the same as other prospects signing a 3 year ELC with the hope you get 2+ seasons on the cheap.


On the flip side, he’s still RFA status at the end of the deal and for a 6th rd draft pick out of Russia, the fact he’s even coming over and should be NHL matter, is found money to begin with
Jul. 25, 2023 at 7:54 p.m.
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On the flip side, he’s still RFA status at the end of the deal and for a 6th rd draft pick out of Russia, the fact he’s even coming over and should be NHL matter, is found money to begin with


True; so I want him to be "good" but not great; then sign a cheap 3-year extension as soon as possible and THEN light it up
Jul. 25, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.
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True; so I want him to be "good" but not great; then sign a cheap 3-year extension as soon as possible and THEN light it up


If I could lock him in today as a player who will be a steady 40-45pt middle 6F, I’d do it.

He’s got no proven track record to suggest he will light it up so badly that COL couldn’t afford him once this deal is done. Don’t think there’s cause for concern there. And let’s say he does light it up, 65-70pts, now RFA and COL can’t sign him. Well, we still own his RFA rights, could be traded for a good haul still.

Point being, he’s found money at this point
Jul. 25, 2023 at 10:04 p.m.
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If I could lock him in today as a player who will be a steady 40-45pt middle 6F, I’d do it.

He’s got no proven track record to suggest he will light it up so badly that COL couldn’t afford him once this deal is done. Don’t think there’s cause for concern there. And let’s say he does light it up, 65-70pts, now RFA and COL can’t sign him. Well, we still own his RFA rights, could be traded for a good haul still.

Point being, he’s found money at this point


Avalanche 6th Round Draft Picks to even have a cup of coffee in the NHL: Brian Willsie, Charlie Stephens, David Aebischer, Jonas Holos, Riku Hahl, Justin Mercier and Nils Aman (with freaking Vancouver). If he plays more than 40 games with the Avs he will be the best 6th round pick in team history (maybe other than Aebischer). He is all sorts of found money.
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Jul. 25, 2023 at 10:04 p.m.
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Still can't believe the Avs got Kovalenko in the sixth round. He's such a crafty kid, so talented. Great stuff
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Jul. 26, 2023 at 10:50 p.m.
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They are able to get the **** out of Russia, so good for them. And if they play a single game in the NHL, it will be better than most 6th round draftees manage.


Good use of gender-neutral pronouns here
 
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