Avs Sign a Pair of Former Pioneers
Although the Avalanche didn’t make a big splash on July 1 in free agency in terms of money spent or big names, the Avs were certainly busy adding depth pieces and building their minor league team.
The Avs announced the signings of former University of Denver Pioneers teammates defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and forward Joe Colborne.
Patrick Wiercioch, 25 years old, was signed to a 1 year, $800K contract. Wiercioch spent two years at the University of Denver before making the jump to pro-hockey with the Ottawa Senators organization, the team that made him a 2nd round pick in 2008. The 6’5, 200 pound defenseman was not tendered a qualifying offer from the Senators after having a down year and immediately became a free agent. Wiercioch has scored 12 goals and 62 points in 211 NHL games.
Joe Colborne, 26 years old, was signed to a 2 year, $5 million contract. Colborne spent two years at the University of Denver alongside Patrick Wiercioch from 2008 to 2010. Colborne made the jump to pro-hockey with the Boston Bruins organization, the team that made him a 1st round pick in 2008. Colborne saw stops in Toronto and Calgary before landing in Denver. The 6’5, 220 pound, centerman is coming off the best year of his career, scoring 19 goals and 44 points in 73 games. Like Wiercioch, Colborne was not tendered a qualifying offer by his team therefore making him an immediate free agent.
You’re Damn Tyutin!
The Colorado Avalanche shored up their blueline further by signing veteran Fedor Tyutin to a 1 year, $2 million contract. Fedor Tyutin, 32 years old, is a 6’2, 220 pound defenseman who has played in over 800 NHL games.
A former 2nd round pick of the New York Rangers, Fedor Tyutin had been with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization since 2008. After a down year and with the Blue Jackets pressed up against the salary cap, Tyutin was bought out from his contract. More of a shut down guy, Tyutin has scored 54 goals and 251 points in 803 career NHL games.
Avs Ink Greer
The Avalanche also announced on July 1 that they have inked A.J. Greer to a 3 year Entry Level Contract. Greer was the Avs’ 2nd round, 39th overall selection in the 2015 Entry Level Draft.
The 6’3, 205 pound left winger split the 2015-16 hockey campaign between Boston University and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. Greer bolted from the University of Boston due to a lack of playing time and a limited role with the team. Greer left for Rouyn-Noranda, a team that held his rights.
The power-forward went all the way to the Memorial Cup finals, along the way capturing the QMJHL championship. Greer scored 16 goals and 27 points in 33 games during the regular season and added 12 goals and 22 points in 20 games during the QMJHL playoffs.
Eligible to return to the Huskies next season as an overager, Greer will reportedly start next season with the Avs’ AHL affilate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Avs Sign 8 Others
The Avs’ minor team saw many departures over the last couple of months so it didn’t come as any surprise when the Avs went to work in building their AHL squad.
The Avalanche announced the signings of forwards Reid Petryk and Trent Vogelhuber to 2 year contracts, and d-man Ryan Stanton, goaltender Jeremy Smith and forwards Turner Elson, Jim O’Brien, Mike Sislo and Joe Whitney to 1 year deals.
Turner Elson, 23 years old, is a 5’11, 180 pound left winger who spent the majority of the 2015-16 campaign with the Calgary Flames’ affiliate Stockton Heat where he scored 14 goals and 30 points in 63 games.
Jim O’Brien, 27 years old, is a former 1st round pick of the Ottawa Senators in 2007. The 6’3, 195 pound center spent the 2015-16 campaign playing 4 games with the New Jersey Devils and 56 games games with AHL’s Albany Devils where he scored 19 goals and 38 points.
Reid Petryk, 23 years old, has spent the last two seasons in the Avalanche organization playing in the minors. The 6’1, 200 pound centerman spent the 2015-16 campaign with the San Antonio Rampage where he scored 15 goals and 37 points in 72 games,
Mike Sislo, 28 years old, split the 2015-16 campaign between the New Jersey Devils and their AHL affiliate Albany Devils. The 5’11, 195 pound right winger played 18 games in New Jersey where he scored 3 goals and 4 points. Sislo played 57 games for Albany where he led the team in goals with 27 and finished second in points with 53.
Jeremy Smith, 27 years old, split the 2015-16 campaign between the Iowa Wild and the Providence Bruins of the AHL. A former 2nd round pick of the Nashville Predators, the 6’1, 175 pound goaltender posted a 18-9-4 record with a 2.52 GAA and a .921 save percentage this past season.
Ryan Stanton, 26 years old, spent most of 2015-campaign with the Hershey Bears of the AHL where he scored 4 goals and 16 points in 64 regular season games as well as 3 goals and 5 points in 21 playoff games. The 6’2, 196 pound defenseman has also appeared in 120 NHL games where he has recorded 4 goals and 27 points.
Trent Vogelhuber, 27 years old, spent the 2015-16 campaign helping the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters capure the 2016 Calder Cup championship. The 6’2, 195 pound right winger tallied 11 goals and 27 points in 70 regular season games as well as 2 goals and 7 points in 17 playoff games.
Joe Whitney, 28 years old, spent the 2015-16 campaign with AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The 5’6, 170 pound right winger scored 14 goals and 33 points in 36 games for Bridgeport before suffering a season ending injury. Whitney has been selected to the AHL All Star game 3 years in a row.