On Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche announced that they had signed restricted free agent forward Jamie McGinn to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the deal is worth $5.9 million.
“Jamie is coming off a very good season and played an important role for our team,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “We’re excited to have him under contract for another two years.”
The 25-year-old McGinn scored a career-high 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists) last season. He also had five points in seven playoff games.
On the deal, McGinn will make $2.9 million in the first season and $3 million in the second. His previous contract carried a cap hit of $1.75 million.
"Very excited to announce I will be an Avalanche for the next two years," said McGinn.
McGinn was acquired by the Avalanche (along with Mike Sgarbossa and Mike Connolly) in 2012, in exchange for Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi and a seventh round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (Emil Galimov). The Fergus, Ontario native was selected by the Sharks in the second round (36th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
A veteran of six NHL seasons, McGinn has accumulated 122 points in 347 NHL games. His younger brothers also play hocke., Tye McGinn saw time with the Philadelphia Flyers last season; while Brock McGinn is a prospect of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Avalanche still have several other restricted free agents, including Ryan O’Reilly, Tyson Barrie, Stefan Elliott and Joey Hishon. The team elected to take O’Reilly to salary arbitration earlier this week. Their unrestricted free agents are highlighted by Paul Stastny. The team is currently negotiating with both O’Reilly and Stastny.
Last season, the Avalanche made the playoffs for the first time since 2009-2010; winning the Central Division. They were upset in the opening round of the postseason, falling in seven games to the Minnesota Wild.