Erik Johnson Re-Signs with Avalanche


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Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(DENVER) — The Colorado Avalanche re-signed defenseman Erik Johnson to a four-year $15 million contract Tuesday.

The first overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft, Johnson played his first three seasons with the St. Louis Blues before he was traded to the Avalanche at the end of the 2010-2011 season.

Johnson played 73 games last season scoring four goals and adding 22 assists.

“Since Erik’s arrival in Colorado, he has provided stability, size and an offensive presence to our blue line,” Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said in a news release. “At only 24 years of age, we believe that Erik will continue to grow his game, and we are thrilled to have him under contract.”

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