Colorado Avalanche buy out Francois Beauchemin

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The Colorado Avalanche have opted to buy out the final season of Francois Beauchemin's contract with the team.

The buyout will cost Colorado $1.5 million in actual salary per season over each of the next two years, but the move doesn't clear up any space for the time being.

Beauchemin has a no-move clause in his deal and the Avalanche would have needed to protect the 37-year-old Quebec native in the upcoming expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights had he not been bought out.

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I suppose the route they take will depend on their opinion of defenseman Mark Barberio, 27, who played pretty well in 34 games with Colorado (two goals, seven assists) after he was claimed on waivers from Montreal. He also played part of one season with the Canadiens and a portion of another with the Columbus Blue Jackets as well. The Avalanche were outscored by 21 goals when he was on the ice. Beauchemin and Barrie really shouldn't have had that kind of workload, but they played more minutes when Johnson missed 36 games because of a broken leg. During that time he had 13 goals and 39 assists, with eight goals and 26 assists in the 2015-16 season. He was selected in the third round of the 1998 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

Over 836 career games, Beauchemin owns 73 goals and 198 assists in his National Hockey League career.

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