The Colorado Avalanche will bring back Jayson Megna next season and the one after that. The pending free agent forward has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him in the Avalanche organization through the 2022-23 campaign. The financial details have not yet been released, but in all likelihood, the deal will be a two-way contract worth the league minimum of $750K at the NHL level.
Megna, 31, certainly seems to be okay with that kind of a deal, given he has never had a contract worth more in the NHL than his entry-level paid. He has gone almost year-to-year throughout his career, signing one-year deals with the Penguins, Rangers, Canucks, Capitals and Avalanche. The security of a two-year contract must seem like a huge win for the minor league veteran, who continues to provide depth for the Colorado organization.
In 2020-21, he played nearly as many games with the Avalanche as he did with the Colorado Eagles, suiting up seven times in the NHL. He registered two points during those games, but managed another seven goals and nine points in 13 minor league contests.
Despite being eligible for the expansion draft, he has not played quite enough games to fill the Avalanche forward requirements, meaning this two-year deal is more about his place in the organization than any other expansion manipulation. He’ll need to clear waivers next season to go to the Eagles, but that shouldn’t be much of an obstacle.