The Colorado Avalanche aren’t done adding to their depth just yet as they’ve signed defenseman Maxim Noreau to a two-year, $1.25 million dollar contract. Noreau, 27, has spent the past three seasons in the Swiss League playing for HC Ambrì-Piotta. In 146 games in the Swiss League, Noreau posted 102 points, proving that he’s an offensive threat from the blueline.
Noreau, undrafted in 2007, signed with the Minnesota Wild in 2008. He spent three seasons in the AHL, where he scored 147 points in 203 games, before making his NHL debut at the end of the 2009-2010 season. Noreau was back in the AHL for the 2010-2011. He played 76 games and scored 54 points. He played in five games for the Wild in 2010-2011 before going over to the Swiss League following the 2011 season.
Last week, at the start of NHL Free Agency, the Avalanche added to their blueline depth by signing Bruno Gervais and Zach Redmond. That same day, they traded for Brad Stuart and extended the contract of Nick Holden.
Thoughts: This is another “low risk-potential reward” scenario for the Avalanche. Noreau has proven his offensive capabilities in other leagues and he’ll get a fair shot in training camp. If those offensive capabilities come through with the Avs, he could be a strong addition to the blueline. If it doesn’t work, the Avs don’t lose a whole lot. It’s clear that the Avs are not only adding depth, but giving themselves options in case injuries strike their blueline.