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Colorado Avalanche ink Logan O’Connor to two-year extension

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The Colorado Avalanche kicked off their offseason business by signing Logan O’Connor to a two-year contract extension. O’Connor had been on a two-year Entry Level Contract after signing out of the University of Denver in 2018. With that contract expiring following the conclusion of the 2019-20 season O’Connor was set to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.

This deal, which is reported as two-way $700k in year one with a $200k guarantee and then a full one-way $750k in the second year, is good for both sides and carries an AAV of $725k. As someone who put in 104 games in the AHL with the Colorado Eagles before showing his worth at the NHL level this is a nice reward for a hard-working player. O’Connor might have received a little more if he filed for arbitration but the result is security for him and the Avalanche have a cost-effective depth forward at their disposal.

O’Connor suited up for 16 games with the Avalanche in 2019-20 plus five in his rookie season where he produced in two goals. In the 2020 postseason O’Connor played five games in the second round series against the Dallas Stars filling in for an injured Matt Calvert. He played that physical, energy role dutifully and also chipped in a fantastic assist on a Pierre-Edouard Bellemare goal.