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Avs ink Stewart to two-year deal

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 7:30 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

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Avs ink Stewart to two-year deal
The Colorado Avalanche announced the signing of restricted free-agent forward Chris Stewart to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.

Stewart, 22, led Colorado with 28 goals and finished second on the team in scoring with 64 points in 77 games last season.  Stewart, who scored 25 of his 28 goals at even strength, also paced the Avalanche in both game-winning goals (5) and shots (221).  The Toronto native was +4 for the season and added 100 hits and 73 penalty minutes.  Stewart went on to lead the Avalanche with three goals (3g/0a) in six playoff games.

"We are pleased to have Chris Stewart under contract," said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  "Chris was one of our top offensive players last season and we look forward to seeing him build on what he started a year ago."

Colorado's first-round pick (18th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Stewart made his NHL debut with the Avs in 2008-09, finishing as the club's top rookie scorer with 11 goals and 19 points in 53 games.  The 6-foot-2, 228-pound winger played three seasons of junior hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League and also spent a season-and-a-half with Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.






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