Andre Burakovsky, Colorado Avalanche
Previous Cap Hit: $4.9M
Adding a player with a Stanley Cup pedigree should always be sought after on the free agency market. Burakovsky has that winning edge to him after winning a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche this past season, and also winning one with the Washington Capitals in 2018.
Burakovsky just had a 61-point season and was a huge part of the Avalanche’s march through the postseason as he added another eight points in 12 games.
At just 27-years-old, Burakovsky already has 93 games of postseason experience and been a half point per game producer. You want proven winners in the playoffs on your roster, and that’s exactly what the Predators have been missing as they’ve lost in the first round in four consecutive postseasons.
Burakovsky isn’t going to come cheap. He’s absolutely earned himself a large pay increase, but I do think the Predators have enough cap space to swing for the fences for one more huge offseason move.
The Avalanche are going to have a difficult time holding on to everyone they want to keep, so Burakovsky might end up being the odd man out.
Burakovsky is addmitedly somewhat of a risky addition, but if I’m the Predators I take that chance based off what he showed everyone last season, and his experience of playing on very good teams his entire career. He’d fit great on a line with Ryan Johansen.