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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Avalanche Re-Sign McLeod, Jones, Hunwick

The Colorado Avalanche have announced that they have re-signed right wing Cody McLeod to a three-year contract worth $3.5 million, right wing David Jones to a four-year contract worth $16 million, and defenseman Matt Hunwick to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million.  McLeod's deal will average out to $857,000 per season, while Jones' contract will pay him $4 million per season.  Hunwick's deal will average out to $1.6 million per year.  All three players would have been unrestricted free agents on July 1.  In 75 games last season, McLeod had six goals and five assists for 11 points and 164 penalty minutes, while Jones had 20 goals and 17 assists for 37 points in 72 games.  In 33 games last season, Hunwick had three goals and three assists for six points.  He was a healthy scratch for much of the 2011-12 season.

These aren't bad moves for the Avalanche, as all three players will add some depth to the team.  McLeod will continue to bring lots toughness and grit to the forward lines, while Jones brings plenty of offensive depth and goal scoring ability to the team.  However, $4 million per season for his skill level is a bit high and will likely set the bar in free agency for players of similar skill.  Hunwick has some puck-moving ability and will likely play as a sixth or seventh defenseman over the next two years.

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