Happy Free Agency day! As we’re all waiting for the big fish to land in Denver, I’ll be posting a running tally of all the signings the Colorado Avalanche make today.
First up, the Avalanche have signed forward Miikka Salomaki to a one-year league minimum deal ($700k). Salomaki spent last season with the Milwaukee Admirals and later the Toronto Marlies in the AHL. He got five games with the Nashville Predators too. He’ll be a good veteran scorer for the Colorado Eagles and he’ll be on the radar as depth on the Avalanche if there are any injuries.
The #Avs have signed signed depth winger Miikka Salomaki to a one-year deal. Gives them another forward they could call up from the AHL when needed.— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) October 9, 2020
Salomaki came to the Leafs via the Ben Harpur trade, played a few games (very well) on the Marlies. Great AHL player, and this is a nice deal for him. https://t.co/KN4p1yESqo— Pension Plan Puppets (@PPPLeafs) October 9, 2020
The Avalanche have brought back centre Sheldon Dries on a one-year deal work $700k. The 26-year-old was an RFA this offseason and will be a UFA next summer as he turns 27. After he clears waivers, Dries is expected to be on the Eagles as well. He played five games in the NHL last season, plus one in the playoffs.
The Avalanche have also signed right winger Kiefer Sherwood to a one-year NHL contract worth $700k at the NHL level. Sherwood, 25, played with the AHL San Diego Gulls last season plus 10 games on the Anaheim Ducks. Sherwood had 16 goals on 94 shots in 37 AHL games last season, Eagles fans will know him well. He’ll likely report to the Eagles after he clears waivers to start the season. The contract is likely a two-way deal, with the minors salary yet to be announced.
The Avalanche also signed Mike Vecchione to a one-year, two-way NHL contract worth $700k. Vecchione, a 27-year-old right-shooting center, played last season with the San Antonio Rampage and scored 21 goals on 174 shots in 61 games. He was previously in the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
Both Vecchione and Sherwood were undrafted players out of the NCAA. Vecchione played for Union College, while Sherwood played for Miami University (Ohio).