The Colorado Avalanche Extend Contract of Goaltender Justus Annunen

The Colorado Avalanche made a significant move on Tuesday by signing their goaltender, Justus Annunen, to a two-year contract extension. While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, it is reported that Annunen will have a cap hit of approximately $833,000 on a one-way deal. This extension will keep Annunen in Colorado through the 2025-26 season.

At just 24 years old, Annunen has already shown promise on the ice. With a record of 5-2-1, two shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average, and a .926 save percentage in eight games, Annunen has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the team. Notably, he became the first rookie goalie in Avalanche history to record back-to-back shutouts with 5-0 victories over the Chicago Blackhawks. His impressive performance included tying a franchise record for rookie netminders with 37 saves in a single game.

General manager Chris MacFarland expressed confidence in Annunen’s abilities, stating that the young goaltender has worked hard to earn his place at the NHL level. With his continued development and success in both the AHL and NHL, the Avalanche are looking forward to seeing Annunen perform over the next two seasons under this new contract extension.

Background and Draft Selection

Originally selected by the Avalanche in the third round of the 2018 NHL Draft, Annunen has steadily made his mark on the team over the past few seasons. His record of 7-3-2 with a 2.85 GAA, .908 save percentage, and two shutouts in 12 games (11 starts) demonstrates his potential as a top-tier goaltender in the league.

The contract extension for Justus Annunen represents a strategic investment in the future of the Colorado Avalanche. With his impressive performance and potential for growth, Annunen is poised to become a key player for the team in the seasons to come.

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