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Colorado Avalanche Have Settled with Devon Toews on 4-Year Contract

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Devon Toews to a four-year contract worth $4.1 million per season. They avoid arbitration with the deal.

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After trading two second-round picks for Toews earlier this offseason, and acquiring his rights from the New York Islanders, the Colorado Avalanche have signed Devon Toews to a four-year contract worth $4.1 million per season.

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The deal is backloaded and breaks down as follows:

  • 2020-21: $2,350,000
  • 2021-22: $3,550,000
  • 2022-23: $4,600,000
  • 2023-24: $5,900,000

A deal that is probably close to full value for the player, the 26-year-old defenseman was a restricted free agent who avoided arbitration with this signing. It would have been an interesting arbitration case considering both sides typically talk about why their respective offers were fair based on their experience with the team. Toews, however, hadn’t played a single game for the Avs.

Toews an Upgrade Over Zadorov

Toews comes in as a replacement for Nikita Zadorov and offers the Avalanche a strong two-way game, great zone entries, he stick checks well and covers a lot of ice. He’s got an offensive level to his game that Zadorov didn’t.

“We’re excited to have Devon under contract for the next four years,” said Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic when discussing the extension.“ He called Devon a smart, durable, two-way, puck-moving defenseman who is excellent in transition. Toews is expected to play in the top-four and will get time on the team’s second powerplay unit.

Now, Colorado has some interesting decisions to make on who to protect in expansion draft and the organization has $1.8m of cap space remaining, to make additional moves or try to fill out the roster. Sakic may not do so, instead, he might choose to bank the cap space for the inevitable Cale Makar ELC performance bonuses.

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