The Colorado Avalanche have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Mikhail Grigorenko and signed a new affiliation deal with the Colorado Eagles.
The Avalanche have announced that they signed Grigorenko to a one-year contract for the 2016-17 season. The Russian-native was first acquired by the Avs last June and appeared in 74 games for the team during his first full NHL season.
The deal is reportedly worth $1.3 million and leaves the Avs with around $7 million of cap space for next season.
The team also made news by signing an affiliation agreement with the Colorado Eagles of the East Coast Hockey League.
Under the arrangement, the Eagles will act as the ECHL affiliate for any player assigned to the league by the San Antonio Rampage, the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate.
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“We are looking forward to the start of this new relationship with the Eagles. We feel this will be the right environment for some of our prospects to play,” said Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic.
The Eagles were founded in 2003 as part of the Central Hockey League and transferred to the ECHL in 2011. They currently play their games at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
“We are thrilled to finalize a partnership with the organization that truly put the sport of hockey on the map in the state of Colorado,” said Eagles president and general manager Chris Stewart.
“We feel that this will be a very advantageous partnership for the Eagles,” Stewart continued. “The Avalanche and the fans of this great sport throughout the state of Colorado. We want to be a part of helping the Avalanche continue to thrive in Colorado and we know that the Avs can help us to win our first Kelly Cup.”
The Eagles won their division last season, with a record of 41-27-4.