Avalanche sign F Ross Colton to 4-year deal

The Colorado Avalanche and forward Ross Colton have agreed to a four-year contract to avoid arbitration.

The contract is reported to have an average annual value of $4 million, with a total value of $16 million.

Ross Colton played his first three NHL seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and was traded to the Avalanche in June for a second-round draft pick.

Colton, a 26-year-old native of New Jersey, was part of the Lightning team that won the Stanley Cup in 2021, scoring the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Finals.

In his career, Colton has accumulated 83 points in 190 regular-season games, with 47 goals and 36 assists.

During the last season, he recorded 16 goals and 16 assists in 81 games with Tampa Bay.

Colton has also contributed 19 points in 52 career playoff games, with 10 goals and nine assists.

This contract ensures that Colton remains with the Colorado Avalanche for the next four years.

The agreement between Colton and the Avalanche was reached to avoid arbitration, which is a process used to settle contract disputes.

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