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Rumor: Andreas Martinsen signing with the Avalanche

Janik Beichler, staff writer for our good friends over at Mile High Sticking, tweeted today that the Avs have signed Norwegian forward Andreas Martinsen, late of Dusseldorf of the DEL. There have been rumors that the Avs have been scouting him for a few months now so it's not out of left field.

Martinsen is a large (6'3, 230#) C-RW who has extensive experience playing internationally for Norway and also has spent the last 3 years in the Deutsche Elite League. Scouting reports vary but he's obviously a big body with some scoring touch that isn't afraid to do a little brawling either.

Some stat lines:

Norway (League) 188 games - 53G/87A/140pts - 467 PIMs (holy shit!)

Dusseldorf (DEL) 144 games - 33G/47A/80pts - 295 PIMs

Andreas finished 3rd on Dusseldorf in scoring this year with 18G/23A in 50 games.

We'll see if the Avs staff have anything to say about Big Andy this week, or if any reporters are aware of this.

Fun Fact: Played with former Avs blueliner Shawn Belle this year