Though he’s quick to point out that things are not official yet, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver believes that the Colorado Avalanche will announce a contract for Nikita Zadorov at some point today. Zadorov is one of three remaining restricted free agents who are currently not in camp with their respective teams.

This week Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said that negotiations were close enough that he expected Zadorov to be in camp, and though the big defender has missed the very beginning a deal today would allow him to participate in almost the entire thing. That would be good news for a club who have had nothing but turmoil lately, including both Tyson Barrie and Tyson Jost leaving the ice today with injuries (both are minor). Zadorov’s return would be a boon to an Avalanche defense corps that right now looks like it will employ several minor league players.