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Avalanche ink Jones to new four-year contract @NHLdotcom

The Colorado Avalanche announced Thursday they have signed forward David Jones to a four-year contract through the 2015-16 season. Terms were not released by the club, but the Denver Post is reporting the deal is worth $16 million.

Jones reached the 20-goal mark for the second straight year in 2011-12, finishing with 20 goals and 37 points in 72 games. The Guelph, Ontario native tied Calder Trophy candidate Gabriel Landeskog for the team lead with five game-winning goals, while his 20 goals overall ranked third on the squad. He also tied for fourth on the club in points.

"David has been one of our top offensive players over the past two seasons," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said. "He is a product of our organization who has developed into a proven goal scorer. We are pleased to have him under contract as he enters the prime of his career."

Jones, 27, scored two overtime goals this past season, giving him five in his career (third-most in franchise history). In fact, all five of his OT winners have come since Jan. 1, 2011, tied with Steven Stamkos for the highest total of any NHL player during that span. Jones' three OT markers in 2010-11 established a single-season team record.

Selected by Colorado in the ninth round (No. 288) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Jones became the lowest draft choice in franchise history to ever make the team when he made his debut in 2007-08. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound right wing has appeared in 239 career games, tallying 67 goals and 50 assists for 117 points. Jones tied for the club lead with 27 goals in 2010-11.

Later Thursday, the Avs also signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a two-year deal. Hunwick, 27, had three goals and six points in 33 games with the Avs this past season.

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