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Avalanche Signs Toninato

College free agent inks entry-level deal

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season. Toninato became a college free agent on Aug. 15.

Toninato, 23, wrapped up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16g/13a) in 42 games and finished with a team-high +25 plus/minus rating, helping the Bulldogs capture their first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and named the league's best defensive forward, finishing with 29 blocked shots.

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Burgundy/White Game Set For Sept. 17

The annual event returns to the University of Denver for a fourth straight year

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 a.m.

DU will host the event for the fourth consecutive year and for the eighth time overall, more than any other location. Magness Arena was also the site of the contest in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Avalanche Signs Grimaldi, Graham

The forward and defenseman ink one-year deals

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Rocco Grimaldi  and defenseman Jesse Graham each to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Grimaldi, 24, spent the majority of the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), where he led the club with 31 goals and 55 points (31g/24a) in 72 games. He also appeared in four games for the Avalanche, tallying one assist. Grimaldi's 31 goals with San Antonio tied him for third in the AHL and made him just the fifth 30-goal scorer in Rampage history.

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Avalanche Signs Matt Nieto

The forward recorded 11 points after being picked up on waivers by Colorado in 2016-17

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Matt Nieto  to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Nieto, 24, was claimed off waivers by Colorado on Jan. 5, 2017, and played in 43 of the Avalanche's remaining 44 games. He finished with 11 points (7g/4a) for the Avs and matched career highs with two goals on Feb. 4 against Winnipeg and two assists against the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 25. Nieto only missed a March 15 contest against the Detroit Red Wings due to a knee injury.

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Avalanche Signs Bourque, Girard, Siemens

Colorado inks the trio to one-year deals

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forwards Gabriel Bourque and Felix Girard and defenseman Duncan Siemens to one-year contracts for the 2017-18 campaign.

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Avalanche Adds Bennett, Parkkila to Coaching Staff

Will Join Current Assistant Nolan Pratt on Jared Bednar's Staff

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has hired Ray Bennett as an assistant coach and Jussi Parkkila as goaltending coach. Bennett and Parkkila will join current assistant Nolan Pratt on Jared Bednar's coaching staff.

"Ray brings a tremendous amount of NHL experience and hockey knowledge to our team, and Jussi has a proven track record of working with goaltenders," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "They're a great complement to our current coaching staff, and we're excited to have them join our organization."

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Avalanche Signs Nail Yakupov

Former First Overall Pick Inks One-Year Deal

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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nail Yakupov to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Yakupov, 23, was the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft.   He has appeared in 292 career NHL games for the Oilers and St. Louis Blues, tallying 120 points (53g/67a). The Nizhnekamsk, Russia, native skated in 40 games for the Blues this past season, collecting nine points (3g/6a).

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Avalanche Signs Agozzino, Warsofsky, Cannata

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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Andrew Agozzino and defenseman David Warsofsky to two-year contracts through the 2018-19 season and goaltender Joe Cannata to a one-year deal for the 2017-18 campaign.

This will be the second stint with the Avalanche for Agozzino. The 26-year-old was with the organization from 2012-16, collecting 194 points (79g/115a) in 266 combined games with the club's American Hockey League affiliates, the then-Lake Erie Monsters and the San Antonio Rampage. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Chicago Wolves, finishing with 54 points (18g/36a) in 71 outings.

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Avalanche Signs Jonathan Bernier

Former first-round draft pick has appeared in 252 NHL Games

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Jonathan Bernier to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Bernier, 28, appeared in 39 games for the Anaheim Ducks this past season, posting a 21-7-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. The Laval, Quebec, native compiled a 12-1-2 record over his final 15 starts, with his 12 wins leading all NHL netminders from March 1 until the end of the season. Bernier was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for March 6-12 after going 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.62 GAA and .948 SV% in three games. He had a career-high scoreless streak of 125:41 during that stretch from March 7-12. The 6-foot, 184-pound goaltender went on to appear in four playoff contests for the Ducks, including one start (1-2-0, 3.28 GAA).

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Avalanche Acquires Colin Wilson From Predators

Forward played 502 NHL Games with Nashville

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired Colin Wilson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Wilson, 27, has spent his entire career with Nashville after being selected seventh overall in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 70 regular-season games for the Predators this past season, tallying 35 points (12g/23a) with a +7 plus/minus rating. He also dressed in 14 playoff contests for Nashville, notching four points (2g/2a).

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