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Avalanche Sign Kyle Cumiskey, Justin Mercier

The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed restricted free agent Kyle Cumiskey and have also inked Justin Mercier after what was reportedly a difficult negotiation. Terms were not listed in the press release. Cumiskey's salary on the NHLPA website is listed as $475,000 which seems to be an error. At some point, CapGeek.com should have the correct numbers for both before long. [UPDATE: Per CapGeek, it's two years, $600k cap hit. It also appears that this year's deal is a 2-way contract and next year's is a 1-way deal. I have to double check, but I believe Cumiskey becomes waiver eligible this season anyway]

In semi-related news, Victor Hedman recently signed with Tampa (and will wear #77 in honor of a certain former Av). Hedman's yearly cap hit will be $3.75 million. I'm sure you're curious to know that last year's number two, Drew Doughty, signed a contract with a cap hit of $3.475 million and the #3 pick, Zach Bogosian, has a cap hit of $3.375. So, figure...what, $3.6 million for Duchene? Oh, and for what it's worth, both of those players made their teams out of training camp.