Avalanche extends forward Artturi Lehkonen with 5-year, $22.5 million contract
The Avalanche agreed to terms with Artturi Lehkonen on Wednesday during free agency, signing the Finnish forward to a five-year, $22.5 million contract. The 27-year-old was a restricted free agent.
Lehkonen, who was acquired from Montreal before the NHL trade deadline in March, had eight goals and 14 points in 20 games for the Avs in the postseason. He often served as a top-six forward and was always on one of the power-play units.
“Artturi was a great fit to our team last season and obviously played an essential role in our championship run,” Avalanche general manager Chris MacFarland said in a release. “He is incredibly versatile, can play anywhere up and down the lineup. He has a non-stop motor and never takes a shift off.
“He’s really smart, highly competitive, knows his role no matter what is asked of him. Getting length and term for a player of his quality was a top offseason priority and we’re thrilled to have him for the next five years.”
Lehkonen was selected by the Canadians with the 55th pick of the 2013 draft. He has 158 points (80 goals) in 412 career NHL regular-season games, plus 26 points (14 goals) in 53 playoff games.
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