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Colorado Avalanche sign Marc-Andre Cliche to a 2-year extension

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The Colorado Avalanche continued their trend of locking up their players with expiring contracts Thursday; signing forward Marc-Andre Cliche to a two-year contract extension worth $700,000 per season.

“Marc-Andre has been a solid addition to our hockey club,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “He has done a tremendous job on the penalty kill, has a great work ethic, and we’re excited to have him under contract for the next two years.”

Cliche was claimed off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings just prior to the start of the season. Originally meant to be used as the team’s 13th forward, the longtime minor-leaguer only had one game of NHL experience coming into the 2013-2014 campaign. In 53 games thus far for the Avs this season, Cliche has six points (1g-5a) and leads all Avalanche forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:35).

“I'm so excited,” said Cliche. “Being in the American Hockey League for that long and having a one-year (contract) this year and not knowing what's going to happen next year, and finally signing an extension like this, it felt really good.”