He came to the Avalanche late last season from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for power forward Andreas Martinsen. It seemed like one of those “who cares?” kinds of deals, with one team trading their lower-level scrub for another.

Except, Sven Andrighetto became a much more than just a scrub the rest of the way with the Avs. In 19 games with Colorado, Andrighetto put up 16 points. He was arguably the team’s best player the final few weeks of the otherwise dismal season.

On Wednesday afternoon, Andrighetto was rewarded by the Avs with a new two-year, $2.8 million contract. He will make $1.25 million in 2017-18 and $1.55 million the following season. His cap hit will be $1.4 million.

“We were pleased with what Sven added to our team at the end of last season,” said Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic said in a team release. “He sees the ice well and brings speed and scoring to our lineup. We’re excited to have him under contract.”

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The Swiss native Andrighetto led the team in scoring in March, 11 points, including a career-high four-game point streak from March 23-29.


Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.

  • Pixelrebirth

    +1 Sakic, great value for Ghetto, basically gave him Grigo’s contract….hope he can stay productive and has a good return year

  • WorkingMan

    This is nice prove it deal that set Sven up for a decent raise when the deal is up if he continues his strong play.