The Colorado Avalanche and defenseman Devon Toews find themselves in a contractual standoff that could have significant implications for both parties. Despite mutual interest in a contract extension, the two sides have been unable to reach an agreement, leading to NHL trade rumors suggesting he could be traded.
NHL salary cap challenges and the length of the contract have led to an impasse in negotiations. The Avalanche have limited cap space, and securing Toews to a long-term contract while maintaining roster depth presents a complex puzzle for the team.
Will Devon Toews sign a long-term contract or be traded?
Elliotte Friedman was on his 32 Thoughts podcast and stated that unless the Avs budge on the length of the contract, a deal will not be made, which could lead Devon Toews to free agency in the offseason.
Friedman went on to say in his Podcast hit that the Avs are willing to give a 5-year term; Toews wants eight.
For Toews, who has proven his worth as one of the league’s premier defensemen, seeking fair compensation is paramount in his next contract.
While a trade would bring valuable assets in return, it would also represent the departure of a key player. The Avalanche would likely use Toews as their own rental in a playoff run and decide on his future in the summer when free agency hits.