Avs sign three of their six free agents

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Cham­bers

The Avalanche an­nounced the sign­ings of three of their six qual­i­fied re­stricted free agents Tues­day. For­wards Gabriel Bourque and Felix Gi­rard and de­fense­man Dun­can Siemens agreed to oneyear, two-way con­tracts for next sea­son.

De­fense­man Nikita Zadorov and for­wards Matt Ni­eto and Rocco Grimaldi re­main un­signed RFAs. Zadorov and Ni­eto played reg­u­larly with Colorado last sea­son and are ex­pected to make the Avs’ open­ing-night lineup in Oc­to­ber. Bourque, Gi­rard, Siemens and Grimaldi are prob­a­bly bound for San An­to­nio of the Amer­i­can Hockey League.

Zadorov, 22, played in 56 games for Colorado last sea­son and is con­sid­ered a cor­ner­stone de­fense­man for the team. But ac­cord­ing the Rus­sian news out­let Sport-Ex­press, he has agreed to terms with CSKA Moscow of the Kon­ti­nen­tal Hockey League. Zadorov would pre­fer to re-sign with the Avalanche, SportEx­press wrote, but is wait­ing to the end of July to get a bet­ter of­fer from Colorado.

For­mer Avalanche for­ward and fel­low Rus­sian Mikhail Grig­orenko re­cently signed with CSKA. Grig­orenko, 23, who was not given a RFA qual­i­fy­ing of­fer by the Avs, joined Colorado, along with Zadorov, in the 2015 six-player trade that sent Ryan O’Reilly to Buf­falo.

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