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Avalanche Signs Parker, Boychuk

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced Wednesday that the team has signed forward Scott Parker and defenseman Johnny Boychuk to one-year contracts for the 2007-08 season.

Parker was re-acquired by the Avalanche from San Jose in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft on Feb. 27, 2007. He appeared in 10 games for Colorado this past season, notching a goal and one assist. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound right wing played in a combined 21 games between Colorado and San Jose, recording two points (1g/1a) and 28 penalty minutes.

Parker, 29, was one of four first round picks (20th overall) by the Avalanche in the 1998 Entry Draft. He spent his first four NHL seasons with Colorado and was a member of the Avalanche’s 2001 Stanley Cup Championship team. He was traded to San Jose for a fifth round pick in the 2003 Entry Draft on June 21, 2003. The Hanford, Calif., native has appeared in 283 career NHL games, recording 21 points (7g/14a) and 629 penalty minutes.

“Scott is an intimidating player who brings energy and toughness to our team,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere.

Boychuk, 23, was Colorado’s second selection (61st overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He spent this past season with Albany of the American Hockey League, where he appeared in a team-high 80 games. Boychuk finished second among River Rats defensemen in scoring with 28 points (10g/18a) and ranked fourth on the team in penalty minutes (125). The Edmonton, Alberta native also skated in five playoff games for the River Rats, recording a goal and one assist.

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