Four more players who saw time for the Colorado Avalanche last season have been brought back into the fold for next year. According to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post on Wednesday, Joey Hishon, Paul Carey, Stefan Elliott and Karl Stollery have all signed their qualifying offers.
Hishon was a first round selection (17th overall) by the Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The 22-year-old center missed the entire 2011-2012 season and most of the 2012-2013 campaign after suffering a concussion during the 2011 Memorial Cup. Hishon made his NHL debut during the 2014 postseason, registering an assist in three games against the Wild. He also had 24 points in 50 games for the Lake Erie Monsters. Financial terms of his deal have not yet been released, but according to CapGeek’s qualifying offer calculator, it should be worth $850,500 at the NHL level.
Carey was a fifth round selection (135th overall) by the Avalanche in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The 25-year-old center played in 12 regular season games for the Avalanche last season and three postseason contests, all without registering a point. He had 21 points in 54 games for the Monsters last season. Carey won two NCAA Championships while playing for Boston College. His deal will see him make $715,000 if in the NHL and $65,000 at the AHL level.
Elliott was a second round selection (49th overall) by the Avalanche in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The 23-year-old defenseman played in one game for the Avalanche last season, scoring a goal. He has appeared in 58 career games for the Avalanche, scoring six goals and 18 points. He also had 28 points in 61 games for the Monsters last season. Elliott won the Bill Hunter Trophy in 2011, as the WHL’s top defenseman. His deal will see him make $850,500 at the NHL level, and $67,500 in the AHL.
Undrafted, Stollery joined the Avalanche organization after wrapping up his NCAA career with Merrimack College in 2012. The 26-year-old defenseman played in two games for the Avs last season, without registering a point. He had 30 points in 68 games for the Monsters last season. Stollery’s contract will see him make $605,000 at the NHL level, and $100,000 in the AHL.
The signings leave the Avalanche with only two restricted free agents remaining unsigned: Ryan O’Reilly and Tyson Barrie. The team elected to take O’Reilly to salary arbitration, with the hearing scheduled for July 23.