Report: Grigorenko requests $1.65 million from Avs in arbitration (Update: signs for $1.3M)

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Mikhail Grigorenko, one of the pieces acquired by Colorado in last summer’s Ryan O'Reilly trade to Buffalo, is asking for a fairly healthy raise ahead of Friday’s scheduled arbitration hearing.

Per CBC, Grigorenko wants $1.65 million, while the Avs are countering at $950,000.

The 22-year-old just wrapped a one-year deal that paid $675,000.

UPDATED: CBC has since reported the two sides have avoided the upcoming hearing, and agreed on a one-year deal worth $1.3M.

The 12th overall pick in 2012, Grigorenko has been something of an enigma over the last few seasons. He made the Sabres out of training camp as an 18-year-old rookie, scoring five points in 25 games, but spent the following campaigns bouncing back and forth between AHL Rochester and QMJHL Quebec.

A gifted, dynamic offensive talent in junior, Grigorenko got his first full NHL season with the Avs in ’15-16, scoring six goals and 27 points in 74 games. He sat as a healthy scratch on a few occasions, but ended the year in Colorado’s top-six forward rotation with a decent uptick in minutes (though he did finish the year averaging just 13:10 TOI all told).

One thing Grigorenko has going for him is his relationship with Avs head coach Patrick Roy. The two worked well together in junior, most notably during the ’11-12 campaign when Grigorenko scored 85 points in just 59 games to win QMJHL offensive rookie of the year.