Avalanche Rumors: Colorado Have Big Decision To Make With Jonathan Drouin

The Colorado Avalanche are facing a challenging decision regarding Jonathan Drouin's future with the team this summer.

The former third overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft signed a prove-it one-year $825K contract last summer, and it looks like it's going to pay off.

After a resurgent season where he recorded career-high stats and played a critical role in the team's performance, Drouin has proven his value.

This season’s success showcased his offensive prowess, contributing to the Avalanche's strong finish in the Western Conference. However, Drouin’s postseason was limited to just three games because of a lower-body injury, introducing uncertainty about his reliability and long-term fit with the team.

Over 79 games this season, the 29-year-old recorded 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 total points, setting career-highs in assists and points.

Financial considerations complicate the decision further. The Avalanche are operating under tight salary cap constraints, which makes negotiating a new, rewarding contract for Drouin challenging.

They must balance his potential contract with other roster needs and the possibility of cap relief from other players like Gabriel Landeskog. A short-term deal might be a compromise, but with Drouin’s recent performance, he could attract more lucrative offers from other teams eager to capitalize on his resurgence.

While Drouin might be tempted by higher offers elsewhere, the chance to remain with a Stanley Cup contender like the Avalanche could influence his decision to stay on a team-friendly deal.

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