I stumbled across this article about the Avs having failed to get Zadorov under contract so far. https://www.milehigh...orado-avalanche
The author implies that Nikita is actually a better player then Risto and Risto is horribly overpaid.
A bad idea of how to compensation Zadarov would be to follow the Sabres by paying for what they wanted Ristolainen to turn into, rather than what he is, which is arguably not as good as Zadorov.
Ristolainen received a $5.4M AAV for 6 years and he struggles to put up third pairing numbers. The argument that Ristolainen’s minutes are tougher than a third pairing defender, and that someone like Zadorov may have similar shot suppression in those minutes, but no matter how you slice it, Ristolainen is horrifically overpaid and is a cautionary tale.
FYI: The formula that the author uses to determine Zadorov's value, has results for all 2017 FA's. https://docs.google....jt6M/edit#gid=0
It predicts $3 mill for Baloo, $4 mill for Lehner. It also says we are underpaying Johnson 250K and overpaying Larsson 140K. It says we got a great deal on Pouliot (underpaying 300k) and Ullmark (underpaying 167K).