The Colorado Avalanche have announced that they have signed college free agent Dominic Toninato to a 2 year Entry Level Contract. The deal is worth $800K in the NHL and $70K in the AHL.
“We are excited to announce that Dominic has decided to sign with our organization,” said Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic in a press release. “He is a big, responsible two-way center and represents a solid prospect for the future of our team.”
Toninato, 23, was selected in the 5th round at the 2012 Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 6’2 200 pound centerman spent the last four years playing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
In his senior year, Toninato captained the Minnesota-Duluth team that went to the NCAA Frozen Four. Also in his senior year, Toninato was named the NCHC’s best defensive forward. Dom Toninato has scored 54 goals and 91 points in 151 college games.
Via text message, “Colorado is a young team that is rebuilding and we thought there was a great opportunity to be a part of that,” said Dominic Toninato.
- As was expected for months, Avalanche draftee and Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher has officially rejected the Avalanche and is now free to sign with anyone. Denver Post reporter Mike Chambers reports that the New Jersey Devils, Vegas Golden Knights and the Buffalo Sabres are among the interested teams.
- Nikita Zadorov still remains unsigned. Many people believe/have heard that both sides have agreed to a two-year bridge deal worth a cap hit of $2 million. There is speculation that the deal hasn’t been announced because both sides are potentially working on a long term deal. At this point, it is almost certain that a deal will get done between the Avs and Zadorov.
- Matt Duchene is still a member of the Colorado Avalanche. Nothing imminent on this front but it’s still possible Duchene gets traded before the start of training camp. The Columbus Blue Jackets remains the front runner and quite possibly the only runner at this point in time. But there’s still other suitors like the Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins and even the New York Islanders. Have they moved on?