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Colorado Avalanche Sign Forward Anton Blidh

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The Colorado Avalanche signed a free-agent forward today. No, not that one.

The Avalanche signed Anton Blidh to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,00 at the NHL level and $350,000 at the AHL level. This appears to be a depth signing and he may spend time with the Colorado Eagles for the coming season. But, he did play 32 games for the Boston Bruins in 2021-22, so that’s something. He spent seven seasons in the Boston organization.

My colleague at Boston Hockey Now, Joe “Haggs” Haggerty, has more on what kind of player Blindh was/is here.

Here’s more, from the Avalanche official release:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed forward Anton Blidh to a one-year contract for the 2022-23 season.

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Blidh, 27, played a career-high 32 games for the Boston Bruins this past season, recording nine points (2g/7a) to reach career bests in goals, assists and points. Selected by Boston in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Blidh (pronounced BLIHD) has tallied 12 points (4g/8a) in 70 career NHL contests, all with the Bruins. 

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound left wing has also skated in 278 career American Hockey League outings with Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, totaling 88 points (46g/42a). He’s produced five points (4g/1a) in 25 Calder Cup Playoff contests.

The Molnlycke, Sweden, native played for the Frolunda organization in his home country before heading to North America. He registered 10 points (5g/5a) in 72 career games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League and collected 54 points (29g/25a) in 71 contests for the club’s junior team in the J20 SuperElit.

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Bob Neal

Tell me AD this is not the “something of significance” alternative management had in mind if they can’t resign Kadri?

Ryan Krueger

NAK replacement…

Doug

Agree with the comment that he’s a NAK replacement, or at least will have that opportunity. Elite prospects website says “Blidh is a gritty winger who plays with a lot of energy. Can kill penalties and is a terrific shot blocker. Also owns some offensive instincts and a willingness to go hard to the net. Loves to agitate and rile up opponents.”

Thomas Wilgus

They will love him in Loveland.

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