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Colorado Avalanche sign Jared Cowen to a PTO

Cowen could provide defensive depth for the Avs

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This morning, the Colorado Avalanche announced that they will be bringing defenseman Jared Cowen to training camp after signing him to a professional tryout agreement.

Cowen didn’t play last season as he spent the year rehabbing his hip after being bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Cowen was acquired by Toronto during the 2015-16 season as a part of the Dion Phaneuf trade.

At 6’5”, Cowen is the prototypical ‘old-shool’ defender that has been left behind by the speed of today’s NHL. selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Cowen has 15 goals and 46 points in 249 career NHL games.eWith very little NHl experience on the left-side of the blueline, taking a look at Cowen is a risk worth taking for the Avs. He is going to have to outplay Anton Lindholm, Duncan Siemans, Andrei Mironov, Chris Bigras and Sergei Boikov in order to warrant getting an NHL contract out of camp.

The addition of Cowen to camp also acts as insurance in case Nikita Zadorov is still unsigned. An extra body on the left side will definitely help out.