Pending UFA Boedker isn’t ruling out a return to the Avalanche

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The opening of free agency isn’t far off now, but it seems there is at least a chance pending unrestricted free agent Mikkel Boedker could return to the Colorado Avalanche.

Acquired from the Arizona Coyotes at the trade deadline, Boedker had 12 points in 18 games for the Avalanche, which sent Alex Tanguay and prospects Kyle Wood and Conner Bleackley to the Coyotes as part of that deal and then missed the playoffs in the Central Division.

Boedker, who matched his single-season career high in points with 51, doesn’t turn 27 years old until December and could now walk away from the Avalanche for nothing if he chooses the open market.

(The Coyotes won’t sign Bleackley, so they’ll take the second-round compensation pick as a result.)

But Boedker’s camp hasn’t exactly ruled out a return.

“We’ve come this far on shorter deals, now we’re at the point where he can pick a team,” Boedker’s agent Jarrett Bousquet told ESPN.

“We’re going to definitely weigh all the options and make the best decision for Mikkel. He liked everyone from the coaches and the players to the fans in Colorado. It’s definitely a place that’s up there on his list.”

Just a few days ago, Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said that both Boedker and pending UFA Shawn Matthias would test free agency, but added he’d like to have one of those players back for next season.