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Alex Galchenyuk Agrees to Terms with Avalanche



Alex Galchenyuk

The Colorado Avalanche and Alex Galchenyuk have agreed to terms for a one-year, two-way contract, per Cap Friendly. He’ll make $750,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 if he plays with the Colorado Eagles.

Galchenyuk had attended the Avalanche training camp this year and sustained a significant injury and was released from the team. Coach Jared Bednar was impressed with his play so much so that he said “we will be keeping in touch with him.” After healing from injury, Galchenyuk signed an AHL professional tryout agreement with the Colorado Eagles. While with the Eagles, he had seven points in seven games.

Galchenyuk was the third overall pick in 2012 by the Montreal Canadiens and spent five years with the team before being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in 2019. He has been quite a journeyman since then playing games with the Penguins, Wild, Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, and soon to be Avalanche. Galchenyuk has 354 career points in 643 games in the NHL.

He was born in Wisconsin and represented Team USA on many occasions. In 2013 Galchenyuk helped the team capture the IIHF World Championship Gold Medal. He earned himself eight points in the one tournament alone, posting two goals and six assists. His most recent appearance for U.S. was in 2022, where he gained five points in 10 games.

When he as asked how the Avalanche leadership communicated with him on the release, “They told me to just get healthy. They wanted me to contact the team when I got healthy and I did. I was told that I needed to work on my defensive game before I came back. So that is what I concentrated on when I was with the Eagles.”

When he was asked if he had any familiarity with some of the players before camp, “I played with Lehky in Montreal for a few years. So we already know each other well.”

His full interview is below!!!

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Jeremy Barton

I’m pretty excited to see what he’ll bring to the team on a nightly basis (if he plays nightly). Expectations not too high but seems like a solid move.

Victory Donald

Agreed. Some of these injuries have opened doors and allowed for the creation of depth. He must have been something back in 2012 to be selected third overall. In fact, it appears 13/20 2012 first round picks are still active in the league. And Avs now have had #1-#3 overall. 1 Edmonton Nail Yakupov 2 Columbus Ryan Murray 3 Montreal Alex Galchenyuk 4 NY Islanders Griffin Reinhart 5 Toronto Morgan Rielly 6 Anaheim Hampus Lindholm 7 Minnesota Matt Dumba 8 Pittsburgh Derrick Pouliot 9 Winnipeg Jacob Trouba 10 Tampa Bay Slater Koekkoek 11 Washington Filip Forsberg 12 Buffalo Mikhail Grigorenko… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Victory Donald

I am actually quite excited to see him in an Avs uniform. Unlike the first overall pick of his draft class and former Avalanche player Yakupov, Galchenyuk has actually had several formidable seasons in the NHL with the Canadians. And even though his output has dropped off noticeably in recent years, he still ranks as one of the top scorers of his draft class. I really don’t know the story for why his career fell apart in recent years, but also don’t see why he couldn’t have a bit of a rebirth to this career similar to Nichushkin.


Ummm, montreal canadiens!


We played for bad teams most of his early career. CanadiEns and Coyotes!

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