ANA­HEIM AT COLORADO Spot­light on Fran­cois Beau­chemin:

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

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.

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