Francois Beauchemin was bought out in the offseason as Avalanche GM Joe Sakic made the decision to take the team in a younger direction. Now, he's back in the comforts of Anaheim, where he played from 2010-15. While he likely won't match last season's ice time average of 21:30 per game, the veteran can still contribute in a second or third-pairing role given that he's just one year removed from a 34-point campaign. Beauchemin's minus-14 rating from last season should also get a major boost now that he's off the worst team in the NHL.
Beauchemin put pen to paper on a one-year, $1 million deal with Anaheim on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Beauchemin likely won't find ice time easy to come by, but given the number of injuries that impacted the Ducks last season, it's not surprising to see them add some additional blue line depth. As expected, the 37-year-old will not be getting anywhere close to the $4.5 million annual cap hit he carried before Colorado bought him out of his contract. At best, Beauchemin will probably be a 20-point player, yet until his role is more finalized -- fantasy owners may want to hold off on utilizing him for their lineups.
Beauchemin will be bought out of the last year of his $4.5 million contract. Beauchemin saw a significant drop in production this season, as he registered a mere five goals and 13 helpers in 81 games. The 37-year-old averaged 21:31 of ice time -- including lining up on both the power play and penalty kill -- but didn't contribute enough to justify that big salary. Unfortunately for the Avs, they won't see any cap relief because they signed the blueliner to a 35+ contract. If the veteran can secure a role with another club, it will likely be at a significant discount.
Beauchemin scored his fifth goal of the season in Sunday's 3-2 loss against the Blues. Beauchemin's biggest contributions for fantasy owners comes in the blocked shots (156) and hits (73) categories, as he rarely contributes on offense. However, he finished the regular season with a three-game point streak, including two rare goals.
Beauchemin scored just his third goal of the year Thursday against the Devils, but it came at a huge time, breaking a 2-2 tie late in the third period and holding up as the game-winner. Having managed exactly zero points and a minus-8 rating over his prior 15 games, Beauchemin wasn't exactly a likely hero. He has just 14 points on the season, leaving the veteran blueliner's fantasy value quite low. At 36, he has one year left on the contract he signed with Colorado, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Beauchemin retire after next season.
Beauchemin chipped in a helper Saturday against the Jets. He also skated to a plus-3 It was the 12th point of the season for the 36-year-old, who is well off the pace of last year's 34-point output. It's been a rough year for pretty much everyone in an Avs sweater, and the fact that Beauchemin's minus-4 rating is best on the team (among players that have logged 24 games or more) exemplifies that point. Further adding to the fantasy disappointment in deeper leagues has been his reduction in blocked shots, as his 106 equate to a pace of 181 after he piled up 256 in 2015-15.
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