Colorado has re-signed one of their wingers, announcing that they’ve inked Logan O’Connor to a two-year contract. While financial terms weren’t disclosed, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports (Twitter link) that the first year is a two-way deal with a $700K salary in the NHL and $200K in the minors while the second has a one-way salary worth $750K.
The 24-year-old split this season between the Avalanche and their AHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles. While in the minors, he was productive as he picked up 12 goals and 13 assists in just 40 games, a similar point pace to his rookie campaign. With the Avs, he was held to just two goals in 16 contests while playing just 8:26 per night.
O’Connor was included on their playoff roster and while he didn’t play early on, he was pressed into action when they were hit hard with injuries. He started out on the fourth line but moved up as their series against Dallas moved on and wound up picking up an assist in five games.
GM Joe Sakic released the following statement about the signing:
Logan has continued to elevate his game each season and made the most of his opportunities this year and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He’s a hardworking player who brings speed and energy to our lineup and we’re excited to have him for another two seasons.
O’Connor will be pushing for a regular spot in the lineup at training camp but he remains exempt from waivers for next season having had only two professional seasons under his belt after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2018. As a result, he may have to start back in the minors and wait for injuries to get his next chance in an Avalanche uniform.