Free Agent Tracker: Avalanche add Donskoi and Bellemare, re-sign Wilson

May 8, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi (27) controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in game seven of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY

12:50 PM EST — With free agency officially underway at noon EST, the Avs have officially signed RW Joonas Donskoi to a four-year deal worth $15.6 million. Donskoi, 27, will make an AAV of $3.9 million per season as reported by Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic, shoring up Colorado’s middle six forwards.

The Finnish forward has played his entire four-year career with the San Jose Sharks, accumulating 45 goals and 77 assists in 283 games. Last year Donskoi matched his career-best in goals with 14 and scored a career-high 37 points in 80 games.

12:58 PM EST — The Avs are bringing back a familiar face as unrestricted free agent Colin Wilson has re-signed, inking a one-year deal to return for a third season with Colorado. Last season Wilson recorded 12 goals and 15 assists in 65 games. Wilson was also a factor in the post-season, scoring four goals and four assists in 12 games.

Wilson, 29, is a 10-year veteran of the NHL, accumulating 113 goals and 169 assists in 623 regular-season games.

1:30 PM EST — The Avalanche have added another forward, signing C Pierre-Edouard Bellemare for two years with an AAV of $1.8 million. Bellemare, 34, recorded scored six goals and 15 points with the Vegas Golden Knights last season.

The native of Le Blanc-Mesnil, France, has enjoyed two straight career seasons with Vegas before starting his career with the Flyers.

 

On the way out:

  • D Patrick Nemeth: Signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings
  • G Semyon Varlamov: Signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the New York Islanders
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