The Colorado Avalanche have placed Andrei Mironov on unconditional waivers with the intention of a mutual contract termination. Mironov only signed his entry-level contract last May, but has been up and down between the NHL and minor leagues all season, unable to really find a role on the Avalanche blue line.

A contract termination would allow Mironov to return to Russia, where he has played for the last five seasons. The 23-year old defenseman was originally selected by Colorado in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, when he had already been passed over two years in a row. There was no guarantee that he would come over at all, but it looks like his stint in North America will be a short one.

Mironov has played in 10 games for the Avalanche this season, recording three points.