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Avalanche free agency tracker: Who's staying? Who's gone?

Here's the latest moves as the Stanley Cup champions gear up for a title repeat.

DENVER — The NHL free agency carousel is in full-spin after officially beginning July 13.

Among teams to make numerous moves were the Stanley Cup champions as the Colorado Avalanche front office was busy.

A number of players from Colorado's championship roster have been re-signed, while some have signed with other teams. There's also some new faces that were added on Day One of free agency.

Catch up with all the moves with our free agency tracker.


  • Artturi Lehkonen: The 27-year-old forward agreed to a a five-year extension worth $22.5 million. Lehkonen, who scored series-clinching goals in the Western Conference and Stanley Cup Finals, was a restricted free agent.
  • Darren Helm: The 35-year-old forward has agreed to return on a one-year contract for the 2022-23 season for $1.25 million. Colorado acquired Helm before this past season after he spent 14 in Detriot.
  • Josh Manson: The 30-year-old defenseman signed a four-year contract extension worth $18 million. Manson was a late pickup for Colorado back in March.
  • Andreas Englund: The 26-year-old defenseman played 57 games for the Avalanche's AHL affiliate Colorado Eagles during the 2021-22 season. Englund signed a one-year contract.
  • Cal Burke: The 25-year-old forward signed a one-year contract with the Avalanche. Burke recorded 26 points in 57 games for the Colorado Eagles, this past season and added two points in five Calder Cup Playoff contests.
  • Mikhail Maltsev: The 24-year-old signed a one-year contract for the 2022-23 season. Maltsev appeared in 56 games for the Colorado Eagles last season.
  • Keaton Middleton: The 24-year-old signed a one-year contract through the 2022-23 season. Middleton competed in 49 games for the Colorado Eagles last year.
  • Shane Bowers: The forward signed a one-year contract for the 2022-23 season.


  • Andre Burakovsky: The 27-year-old forward is headed west for a well-deserved raise. Burakovsky signed a five-year deal with the Seattle Kraken worth $27.5 million. 
  • Darcy Kuemper: The 32-year-old goaltender had a short (one year) but sweet (Stanley Cup champion) stay in Colorado. Kuemper is joining the Washington Capitals on a five-year deal worth $26.25 million.
  • Nicolas Aube-Kubel: The 26-year-old forward is joining the Toronto Maple Leafs on a one-year contract worth $1 million. Aube-Kubel played the majority of the 2021-22 season with Colorado after being acquired in November.
  • Nico Sturm: The 27-year-old forward was a late addition in March from a trade with the Minnesota Wild for Tyson Jost. Sturm is heading to the San Jose Sharks on a three-year deal.


  • Brad Hunt: The 33-year-old defenseman has signed a two-year deal with the Avalanche. Hunt appeared in 50 games for the Vancouver Canucks this past season.
  • Jonas Johansson: The 26-year-old goaltender returns to Colorado on a one-year deal. Johansson made appearances for the Avalanche the past two seasons, but most recently had been claimed off waivers by the Florida Panthers.
  • Charles Hudon: The 28-year-old forward agreed to a one-year deal for the 2022-23 season. Hudon played in the AHL last season with the Syracuse Crunch.
Credit: AP
The Colorado Avalanche celebrate the overtime goal of center Nazem Kadri in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

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