LeBrun: Colorado has kicked tires on Burakovsky

It’s not a secret that the secondary scoring of the Colorado Avalanche could stand an upgrade, and one potential target could be in the Eastern Conference.

Pierre LeBrun was a Leafs Lunch co-host Tuesday on Toronto’s TSN 1050.

As part of a longer conversation on the Avalanche, the Insider brought up a potential avenue for the team’s general manager to explore.

“The only thing I could see - if I’m Joe Sakic, I wouldn’t do it out of desperation, but I would do it - if there’s a hockey deal before the 25th where it’s something he would do in June anyway, you’ve got to get secondary scoring,” noted LeBrun. “So I’ll give you a name that I know Colorado has kicked tires on, and I don’t know how far it’s gotten, but Andre Burakovsky in Washington has been on the trade block for a bit now. He’s just fallen out of favor in Washington. Young player, he was great on the Cup run last year for Washington. He’s a guy who is under control past this year. He’s an RFA.

“That’s the type of move, if I’m Colorado, I look at because I know that it’s not just to salvage this year, but he’ll be there at training camp as well.

“That’s the kind of thing I think Joe Sakic has to look at.”

Burakovsky is in the second season of a two-year, $6 million contract. He’ll be eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer, and he’ll also have arbitration rights.

His contract carries a cap hit of $3 million, but his actual salary for 2018-19 is $3.25 million.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly