Colorado Avalanche Active During Free Agent Frenzy, Sign 3 Players

Kevin Goff@@BrgBrigadeKevinContributor IJuly 1, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 24: P.A. Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 24, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 4-3 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Free-agent frenzy is a day when you see every NHL team playing the market to try and improve their roster for the run up to the following season.

Colorado Avalanche GM Greg Sherman hinted that the Avalanche would active during the chaos that is July 1, and he didn't disappoint.

The Avalanche made some moves early in the day and saved some exciting action for the afternoon hours.

Things started off with the Avalanche signing John Mitchell away from the New York Rangers, according to Adrian Dater of The Denver Post. Mitchell was a fourth-line center for the Rangers that saw about 10 minutes per game.

With the Avalanche likely letting Jay McClement walk in free agency, Mitchell takes his place on the fourth line quite nicely. Not a huge splash, but a good signing nonetheless.

Fellow Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Tom Urtz had this to say about what the Avalanche will get from Mitchell:

"Great teammate, will give you guts and heart, has offensive creativity at times was called Johnny Malkin at times."

Later in the day, Colorado announced that Greg Zanon arrived in Denver. Zanon played a great deal of time with the Minnesota Wild and was traded over to the Boston Bruins during this past season.

Zanon isn't big as far as stature goes, just 5'11", but is a strong 211 lbs., and he loves to toss that frame of his around.

Zanon connected with 116 and blocked 136 shots. Zanon can be easily compared to Brett Clark, who played for the Avalanche a few seasons ago, just a tougher version of him.

A trade like this makes one wonder how much longer Ryan O'Byrne might have with the Avalanche.

The third, and biggest, signing of the day for the Avalanche was P.A. Parenteau from the New York Islanders, officially announced by the team.

Parenteau outscored everybody on the Avalanche last season with his 67 points and is a perfect fit for this team.

The Islanders, like the Avalanche, have a young core of players that play a fast, offensive style of game.

Parenteau enjoyed a great amount of success on the wing of John Tavares and will likely play with a similar style of skilled center, Matt Duchene, in Colorado.

He's got good size and is an excellent passer. He will help the offensive lines be more tough in the corners and will then be able to find the scorers in front of the net with his excellent passing.

The contract numbers are as follows.

Mitchell gets a two-year contract worth $2.2 million.

Zanon signed for two years at $4.5 million.

P.A. Parenteau signed a four-year contract worth $16 million.

These are three strong signings that all address needs for the Colorado Avalanche immediately. 

Greg Sherman is quickly showing that he is a savvy general manager that is able to take care of his team.


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