Andrighetto's agent, Aljosa Pilko, announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that his client has agreed to a two-year contract with a KHL club. Pilko didn't specify which team Andrighetto signed with but Igor Eronko of Sport-Express suggests the Swiss-born winger will join Avangard or Dynamo Moscow. The 26-year-old suited up in 64 games with the Avalanche in 2018-19, totaling seven goals and 10 assists while averaging 11:04 in ice time.
The Avalanche won't give Andrighetto a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports. Colorado has a number of young forwards in the pipeline that should be ready to take on full-time NHL roles in 2019-20, so there's no reason for them to hang onto a fringe player like Andrighetto. The 26-year-old winger should, however, be able to land a gig with another NHL club that's in need of depth up front ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
Andrighetto has four assists in his last three games. The often-streaky winger has found his way onto the scoresheet with more regularity in February, registering five points in 12 games. In Saturday's 5-0 win over the Predators, he also twice raised a referee's arm, earning four PIM. It's unlikely the bad boy routine continues, as those penalties gave Andrighetto 10 PIM this year, matching his career high in the category from last season.
Andrighetto scored his fourth goal of the season in a 4-1 win over the Jets on Thursday. On a delayed penalty call against the Jets, Andrighetto capped off a tic-tac-toe passing play for the game's final goal. Andrighetto hadn't scored since Dec. 14, and he still has just seven points in 39 games. He averaged only 11:22 of ice time per game entering the contest, and Andrighetto's lack of production across almost all statistics makes him safe to avoid in fantasy.
Andrighetto carries a minus-6 rating through nine pointless appearances in 2019. Andrighetto tends to produce in spurts -- that's only natural for a guy averaging a mere 11:49 of ice time -- but it's rather disconcerting that he hasn't connected for any power-play points this season as a skater consistently working with the secondary man-advantage group. The fear is that he may be losing confidence in his shot based on a career-worst 5.5 shooting percentage and only three goals over 32 games.
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