ANAHEIM AT COLORADO Spotlight on Francois Beauchemin:
The veteran Ducks defenseman was bought out by the Avalanche in J une and signed a one-year, $1 million free agent contract with the team he won the Stanley Cup with in 2007. Beauchemin, 37, will collect $1 .5 million from Colorado this season and in 201 8-1 9 under the buyout agreement, and his entire $4.5 million cap hit for this season counts as dead money against the Avs’ salary cap. Buying out Beauchemin didn’t appear to make sense at the time, and his play with the Ducks is proving why. He is a serviceable blue-line leader who can mentor young defensemen in his final years in the league. Beauchemin has played in all four games for Anaheim and is averaging 1 8 minutes, 1 2 seconds in ice time. He is playing with Brandon Montour on the second pairing while the Ducks await the return of two of their best D-men.