One of many prime defensemen within the 2024 NHL UFA class is off the board.
The Colorado Avalanche introduced Friday they re-signed Devon Toews to a seven-year contract extension. The membership did not launch monetary particulars, however TSN’s Chris Johnston stories it carries a $7.25-million common annual worth.
He’s at present within the last season of a four-year deal value $4.1 million yearly and would’ve been one of many prime defensemen accessible in free company if his contract expired.
SEVEN MORE YEARS OF TOEWSER!
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) October 13, 2023
Toews, 29, performed 80 video games with the Avalanche final season, recording 43 assists and 50 factors whereas averaging 25:06 of ice time per recreation, which ranked eighth within the NHL. The Abbotsford, B.C., native additionally started his fourth season with the Avalanche in Colorado’s season-opening 5-2 win on Wednesday in opposition to the Los Angeles Kings. He put up an help in 24 minutes of ice time.
Since being chosen 108th total within the 2014 NHL draft by the New York Islanders, Toews has performed 316 profession NHL regular-season video games, with 40 objectives and 145 assists for 185 factors. He was a part of Colorado’s Stanley Cup-winning staff in 2021-22 and has a complete of 10 objectives, 35 assists and 45 factors in 67 playoff video games.
Toews is Colorado’s top-pairing left defenseman alongside Cale Makar, probably the greatest blueliners within the NHL. When the Avalanche have a duo that munches minutes and had the third-best anticipated objectives share amongst pairings with at the very least 500 minutes final season (per moneypuck.com), the very last thing they might’ve wished to do is danger dropping that chemistry by not re-signing Toews.
He is now locked in alongside blueliners Makar, Samuel Girard and Josh Manson by the subsequent three years. However even with the wage cap anticipated to rise subsequent season, the Avalanche will seemingly nonetheless be up in opposition to the utmost. And if Toews is within the later levels of his prime years, the hope is he’ll be capable of stay efficient and sturdy by the 2030-31 season.
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