Unless Colorado improves its contract offer for Nikita Zadorov, it appears the Ryan O’Reilly trade could become even more lopsided in the Sabres’ favor.
One day after Mikhail Grigorenko signed to play in Russia, a report from Russia's Sport-Express on Saturday said Zadorov has an agreement to play with CSKA of the Kontinental Hockey League. It is the same team that signed Grigorenko.
Zadorov is reportedly not happy with the length of the Avalanche’s contract offer and is waiting until the end of July for it to improve. The 22-year-old defenseman is a restricted free agent who made $832,500 last season.
Nikita Zadorov says term is the issue in talks with #Avs. Waiting for a better offer until the end of July. Has a mutual agreement with CSKA
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) July 8, 2017
Zadorov had no goals, 10 assists and a minus-20 rating in 56 games for the Avs. He split the 2015-16 season between Colorado and its minor-league club, recording no goals and two assists in 22 games with the Avs. He had 10 goals and 29 points in 52 games for San Antonio.
Buffalo selected Zadorov with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He totaled four goals and 16 points in 67 games with Buffalo from 2013 to 2015. His most noteworthy moment was returning late from the All-Star break in 2015 and getting benched for two games.
At the NHL Draft in 2015, the Sabres sent Grigorenko, Zadorov, forward J.T. Compher and the No. 31 pick to Colorado for O’Reilly and forward Jamie McGinn.