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Jamie McGinn avoids arbitration, signs 2-year deal

March 12 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn (11) reacts after scoring a point against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
March 12 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn (11) reacts after scoring a point against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

According to the Denver Post and the Avalanche website, Jamie McGinn has signed a 2-year, $3.5 million contract that allows him and the team to avoid a potentially messy player-elected arbitration process. The deal is good for $1,650,000 this season and $1,850,000 the next, for an average cap hit of $1.75 million. He made $600,000 last season. The date for an arbitration hearing was actually set just yesterday.

McGinn was a late-season addition via trade from San Jose and provided the Avs with 8 goals and 5 assists in 13 games, including an electric game-tying goal with something like 2 seconds left in regulation, which turned Sandie's mother into a hockey fan or something and is therefore awesome.

GM Sherman's lookalike PR-bot said he's good at hockey.

Buried in the Avs website story is confirmation for some signings we'd heard about for ages but never had actually seen announced:

Mark Olver
Bryan Lerg
Bill Thomas
Geoff Walker,
Thomas Pock
Sean Sullivan

s/t to i2strange97 for scooping us with a link.