Avalanche add D Cole, F Calvert on three-year deals


The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Ian Cole and forward Matt Calvert to three-year contracts in free agency, the team announced on Sunday.

Financial terms were not announced, but according to Sportsnet, Cole's deal is worth $4.25 million annually, while Calvert's deal averages $2.8 million per season.

"Very excited to start this new chapter of my career in Denver with the @Avalanche," Cole tweeted. "Looking forward to help build on this team's success. Huge thank you to everyone who helped me get to here - family, friends, and all my past teammates and organizations #GoAvsGo"

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Cole, 29, spent most of the last three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning a pair of Stanley Cups, but he was traded twice in four days in February prior to the deadline. He was first sent to the Ottawa Senators in a package for Derick Brassard, and then to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third-round pick and prospect Nick Moutrey.

Cole finished the 2017-18 season with five goals and 15 assists in 17:47 of average ice time, a year after tallying career highs of five, 21 and 19:49, respectively. In 10 seasons, he has 97 points (20 goals, 77 assists) and is plus-40 in 405 games.

"Ian has been a part of two (Stanley) Cup teams, brings leadership and a veteran presence to our blue line," Avs general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. "He's a strong puck-moving defenseman who is solid in his own zone and kills penalties."

Calvert, 28, had nine goals and tied a career high with 15 assists in 69 games last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He spent his first eight seasons playing for the Jackets after they took him in the fifth round in 2008.

"Matt is a competitive two-way winger who has the versatility to play throughout our lineup," Sakic said in a statement. "His speed and tenacity is a strong fit with the way we play."

In 416 games, Calvert has 72 goals and 77 assists.

--Field Level Media

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