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Report: Andre Burakovsky, Kraken Agree to 5-Year, $5.5M AAV Contract After Avs Stint

Erin WalshJuly 13, 2022

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Andre Burakovsky's time with the Colorado Avalanche has ended, but at least he departs a Stanley Cup champion.

The veteran winger has signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal with the Seattle Kraken on the opening day of free agency, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. The contract is worth $5.5 million annually.

Burakovsky is coming off a two-year, $9.8 million deal with the Avs, so his latest contract with the Kraken is a nice raise. He spent three seasons with the Avalanche from 2019-22, posting 61 goals and 89 assists for 150 points in 191 games.

The 27-year-old had the best season of his career in 2021-22, tallying 22 goals and 39 assists for 61 points in 80 regular-season games. In 12 playoff games, he posted three goals and five assists for eight points.

Before joining the Avalanche, Burakovsky began his career with the Washington Capitals, which selected him in the first round of the 2013 NHL draft.

Burakovsky made his NHL debut with the Caps during the 2014-15 season. He tallied 62 goals and 83 assists for 145 points in 328 games across four seasons from 2014-19. The Austrian also helped Washington win a Stanley Cup in 2018.

With Burakovsky in the fold, the Kraken are now projected to have $15.6 million in cap space, according to CapFriendly. They still need to use some of that space to re-sign restricted free agents Morgan Geekie and Kole Lind.

The Kraken are set to enter the 2022-23 season with a top line of Jaden Schwartz, Matthew Beniers and Jordan Eberle. Burakovsky should slot in on the team's second line alongside Jared McCann and Yanni Gourde.

Seattle finished its inaugural season in 2021-22 with a 27-49-6 record, eighth in the Pacific Division. Burakovsky should help the team continue to build next season, though it also needs to improve on both offense and defense via free agency if it hopes to compete for a playoff spot.

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