It appears the Colorado Avalanche are focusing on locking up some depth players before working their way up to the NHL squad.
Just a week after re-signing AHL defenseman Nate Clurman to a one-year deal, the Avalanche locked up fellow defenseman Wyatt Aamodt to the same deal. The 25 year old defenseman is now signed through the 2023-24 season, and will eat up valuable minutes on the Colorado Eagles.
Aamodt is a left-handed shot who registered 18 points in 52 games in his first full professional season with the Eagles. He signed as a free agent out of Minnesota State University last April, where he was the captain of the team.
The Avalanche now have 10 defensemen with NHL contracts, a number that will surely go up in the near future. They still have Bowen Byram and Ryan Merkley as restricted free agents this summer, and both Erik and Jack Johnson are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. If neither of those two are signed, a replacement or two will be needed. Barring some unexpected injuries, Aamodt should spend the majority of his time in the AHL.
Stay tuned to CHN, as Avalanche news is starting trickle in very slowly this offseason.