Though it won’t grab many headlines after the league’s announcement yesterday, there is a little bit of other hockey news today. The Colorado Avalanche have placed Igor Shvyrev on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract termination. Shvyrev’s entry-level contract was scheduled to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.
The 21-year old Shvyrev was a fifth-round draft pick of the Avalanche back in 2017 and came over to North America after just one more season in the KHL. In 2018-19 with the Colorado Eagles he recorded 13 points in 57 games, but still showed enough flash and promise to excite Colorado fans. Unfortunately things stagnated this season, with Shvyrev often seeing only fourth-line duty with the Eagles. He scored just nine points in 49 games and now looks like he’s headed back home.
Technically he will become an unrestricted free agent allowed to sign with any other NHL organization for the 2020-21 season, but it seems likely that the young forward will return to the KHL. Colorado will not retain any exclusive rights but will gain a contract slot moving forward.