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Francois Beauchemin | Defenseman | #32

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/4/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 3 (75) / MON
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Updating the story on the Avalanche's decision to buyout Francois Beauchemin, his agent says that his client was never asked to waive his no-movement clause.
One possible reason to buyout Beauchemin would have been had he refused to waive his NMC because that would have forced the Avalanche to include him in their list of protected players for the expansion draft unless they parted ways with him. If Colorado never asked him to waive it, then it's possible that they could have freed the slot without buying him out, though they're getting the freed slot now either way. Avalanche GM Joe Sakic told Beauchemin that the decision to buy him out came from a desire for the team to get younger. That said, the Avalanche are still on the hook for his full $4.5 million cap hit next season because he was inked to an over-35 years old contract. Jun 15 - 10:49 AM

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The Colorado Avalanche have decided to buy out the final season of Francois Beauchemin's three-year, $13.5 million contract.

Beauchemin was inked to an over-35 years old contract, which means that Colorado will still be charged his full $4.5 million cap hit next season. So if the Avalanche are stuck with his cap hit either way, why are they buying him out? Because Beauchemin had a no-movement clause and he probably was refusing to waive it ahead of the expansion draft. Without him waiving it, Colorado would have been forced to put him on its list of protected players, but buying him out frees up that spot for the Avalanche. Beauchemin had five goals and 18 points in 81 games last season.
Jun 15 - 10:33 AM

Francois Beauchemin got his fourth goal of the season Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota.

Beauchemin didn't have a point in his previous 10 outings. The veteran defender has contributed 16 points in 79 games this campaign.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 7 - 10:37 AM

Francois Beauchemin scored the game-winning goal Thursday against New Jersey.

He broke a 2-2 tie with only 1:14 remaining in the third period to give Colorado their second straight victory. "I'm not sure how it started but the puck took a funny bounce off the boards, I took the first shot and the rebound came right back at me," Beauchemin said. "I took a quick, quick wrister and it found a way to get through with a couple guys in front for a screen." He has three goals this season along with 11 assists in 65 games.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 10 - 9:09 AM

Francios Beauchemin added a helper to his ledger in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Jets.

It's the veteran defender's 10 assists of the season, giving him 12 points through 48 games thus far.
Feb 4 - 7:17 PM

Francois Beauchemin scored his first goal of the season during Saturday's 3-2 win loss to Nashville.

The veteran defender now has nine points in 40 games this season. He also picked up a hit and two blocks in the effort.
Jan 14 - 6:07 PM

Francois Beauchemin was back in the lineup on Thursday.

He miss last Friday's game because of an illness. Beauchemin had a minus-1 rating and one shot in his return to the fold versus Anaheim. The veteran defender has eight assists in 39 games this campaign.
Jan 13 - 1:54 AM

Francois Beauchemin will miss Friday's game due to an illness.

Beauchemin has eight assists in 38 games this season. Given that he's unavailable, Eric Gelinas will draw into the lineup.
Jan 6 - 2:10 PM

Francois Beauchemin didn't take part in Sunday's practice due to an illness.

It remains to be seen if Beauchemin will be available for Monday's game. He has seven assists in 36 games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 2 - 10:42 AM

Francois Beauchemin (upper body) was able to play on Friday.

Beauchemin's status was unclear after he missed Thursday's practice. He had two shots on goal in 18:06 minutes of ice time on Friday.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 02:42:00 AM

Francois Beauchemin (upper body) didn't practice on Thursday.

It's not clear if Beauchemin will be available for Friday's contest. He has six assists in 28 games this season.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 05:16:00 PM

Francois Beauchemin (hand) was fine to play Thursday.

He earned an assist for his sixth point of the season. Beauchemin didn't practice on Wednesday because of a minor hand injury.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Francois Beauchemin didn't practice Wednesday due to a minor hand injury.

He still could be available to play against Boston on Thursday. Beauchemin's status will probably be determined following the morning skate.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 09:17:00 AM

Francois Beauchemin earned a power-play assist in a 3-2 loss to Columbus on Thursday night.

He has collected five helpers in 22 games this season, with two coming on the man advantage.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 09:38:00 AM

Francois Beauchemin found the back of the net in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Dallas.

He scored his eighth goal of the season at 10:54 mark of the third period. The veteran blueliner has 34 points in 81 games this campaign.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 10:03:00 AM

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