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Avalanche Signs Mitchell

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward John Mitchell to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 season.

Mitchell, 27, appeared in 63 games for the New York Rangers this past season, tallying 16 points (5g/11a) to go along with a +10 plus/minus rating.  He went on to dress in 18 of New York’s 20 playoff contests, posting one assist while winning 53.5% of his faceoffs (38-of-71).

“We believe John is a good fit for our team,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “He is a center with size who skates well and is solid on faceoffs.  We are pleased to have him join our organization.”

Selected by Toronto in the fifth round (158th overall) of the 2003 Entry Draft, Mitchell has recorded 71 points (25g/46a) in 222 career games for the Maple Leafs and Rangers.  The 6-foot-1, 204-pound center is a native of Oakville, Ontario.

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