Apr 17, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn (11) celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Jamie McGinn signs two-year extension

Today the Colorado Avalanche announced that they’ve signed forward Jamie McGinn to a two-year $5.9 million deal. The cap hit on McGinn will be $2.95 million. As a restricted free agent, the Avs had to offer McGinn at least $1.85 million in order to retain his rights.

At 25-years old, McGinn is coming off his best season as a pro, scoring 19 goals and adding 19 assists for 38 points, a career best, in 79 games. Not just a scorer, McGinn proved to be psychical as well, finishing with 140 hits. In the playoffs, McGinn had five points in seven games.

Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic had the following to say:

“Jamie is coming off a very good season and played an important role for our team. We’re excited to have him under contract for another two years.”

Thoughts: Between Ryan O’Reilly, Tyson Barrie, Paul Stastny, and Jamie McGinn; McGinn was always going to be the easiest of the four to get under contract, so it’s nice that the Avs went ahead and took care of business. I think the numbers might be a little higher (I figured around $2.5 million would be fair) but McGinn is a versatile player who can play anywhere on the top three lines without a complaint. He’s only 25 so there is still room for improvement as well. Hopefully this signing leads to the Avs getting deals done with the other players, although I suspect those might take a little longer.

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