Toews signs four-year contract with Avalanche


Devon Toews signed a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 26-year-old defenseman was a restricted free agent who had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Saturday. He was traded to the Avalanche by the New York Islanders on Oct. 12 for a second-round pick in the 2021 and 2022 NHL Draft.

“We’re excited to have Devon under contract for the next four years,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. “As I said when we acquired him, Devon is a smart, two-way, puck-moving defenseman who is a durable defender and is excellent in transition.”

Selected by New York in the fourth round (No. 108) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Toews scored 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 68 games with the Islanders last season and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 22 postseason games. He has scored 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists) in 116 regular-season games and 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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