Colorado Avalanche Re-sign Defenceman Patrik Nemeth

The Colorado Avalanche signed restricted free agent defenceman Patrik Nemeth to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million. This contract carries him through the 2018-19 season.

Patrik Nemeth Re-signs With the Avalanche

Nemeth has played for the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche in his five-year NHL career. He has put up three goals and 26 assists for 29 career points in 176 career games. The Dallas Stars originally drafted in the second round, 41st overall of the 2012 NHL draft.

Last season he scored three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 68 games. He also added 41 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 45.0 percent CorsiĀ and a relative Corsi of -3.1.

The deal avoids an Aug. 4 arbitration meeting between Nemeth and the club. Nemeth was given a $945,000 qualifying offer from Colorado. He was looking for around $3 million from the club.

What This Means for the Future

The Stockholm native has made the most of his second chance after getting waived by Dallas on Oct. 3, 2017. Nemeth netted all three of his NHL goals this season and was a surprising pick up for the team.

The 26-year-old was a vital part of the team’s penalty-killing unit and helped push the Avs into a surprise playoff appearance. Nemeth added an assist in six playoff games for Colorado.

The Ian Cole signing means Nemeth could be on the last pair for the team. This one-year deal will allow Nememth to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The upcoming season will be a chance for Nemeth to earn a long-term deal.

The move gives the Avalanche $12.181 million of cap space for their 23-man roster according to CapFriendly. General manager Joe Sakic does have flexibility to make a move if Colorado is contending for a playoff spot in the very tough Central Division.

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