Donskoi put pen to paper on a four-year, $15.6 million contract with Colorado on Monday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports. After setting career highs in goals (14), assists (23) and shooting percentage (12.2), Donskoi simply priced himself out of a deal for the cap-strapped Sharks. With the Avs, the youngster will have an opportunity to secure top-six minutes and figures to replace the production of Carl Soderberg, who was shipped off to Arizona via trade. If Donskoi can earn a spot on the power play, he could set new personal bests.
Donskoi will test the free-agent market, though he hasn't ruled out a return to San Jose, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. With a number of pending free agents to try to lock up; including Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Kevin Labanc, there simply may not be enough money to go around for the Sharks to offer Donskoi a contract he deems appropriate. The winger set career highs in assists (23), points (37) and shooting percentage (12.2) this past season and will no doubt be looking for a bump from his previous $1.9 million AAV.
Donskoi notched a helper and two shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Donskoi was held off the scoresheet in his previous five games, but managed the helper on Dylan Gambrell's first NHL tally, which cut the score to 2-1 at the time. Donskoi had only three points in 12 playoff games, as he battled injuries throughout the postseason run and likely wasn't 100 percent this spring after posting a career high 37 points in 80 regular-season games.
Donskoi's first goal of the playoffs was the game-winner in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 7. Donskoi has appeared in only six playoff games, posting a goal and an assist in that span, but the goal was enough to send the Sharks to the Western Conference finals against the Blues. He skated only 7:34 Wednesday, and his fourth-line usage makes him an unreliable option in fantasy circles.
Donskoi (undisclosed) posted an assist in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Avalanche in Game 5. Donskoi missed five contests with the injury, and has only played in four postseason games, including Saturday's game. The assist in Game 5 was Donskoi's first playoff point this year. He was listed on the second line but only skated 11:15 in the game, and he's not likely to make much impact on the scoresheet.
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