After signing Darren Helm to help the bottom-six, the Colorado Avalanche have signed a pair of additional depth forwards. Dylan Sikura and Stefan Matteau have both inked one-year contracts for the 2021-22 season. Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports that Sikura will earn $800K at the NHL level and $450K at the AHL level, while Matteau will earn $750K in the NHL and $225K in the AHL.
Matteau, 27, was selected in the first round nearly a decade ago, but has just 91 NHL games and 11 points to his name. The 6’2″ forward has embraced his role as a physical fourth-line presence in recent years though and actually played 18 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. Whether he gets that kind of opportunity in Colorado remains to be seen, but their depth chart at forward is a little deeper with him in the mix.
Sikura too had NHL experience this season, playing six games for the Vegas Golden Knights in the regular season and even suiting up twice in the playoffs. He spent most of the year with the Henderson Silver Knights of the AHL, scoring 22 points in 30 games, but could be an option if Colorado faces injuries this season. In 53 career NHL games, the Northeastern University star has 16 points.
The Avalanche did say goodbye to several players this summer, but the forward group remains deep and talented. With their eyes set on the Stanley Cup once again, the team may add even more of these fringe players to make sure that they have options if some of their higher-paid players are unavailable. Still, there is enough money left under the cap for Colorado to make another more expensive addition, after missing out on Philipp Grubauer. Even taking into account Tyson Jost’s expected deal, there’s a bit of wiggle room for GM Joe Sakic and the rest of the front office.