Ryan O’Byrne Accepts Offer
Just a day before free agent frenzy kicks off and a day after David Jones accepted his qualifying offer, Ryan O’Byrne has accepted his offer from the Avs as well.
Adrian Dater is reporting that O’Byrne has agreed to a two-year $3.6 million deal, or $1.8 million a season. O’Byrne played three games last season with the Montreal Canadiens before being traded to Colorado in exchange for prospect Michael Bournival. He tallied 10 points this season which were all assists while he was with Colorado.
O’Byrne had his season cut a bit short after his face was sliced open by Taylor Hall’s skate in a game against Edmonton in late February. It was a scary moment, but things healed great and O’Byrne was able to finish the season while wearing a full cage to protect his wound.
In related free agent news, Dater also tweeted earlier this afternoon that the Avs might be interested in Nashville’s Joel Ward. Ward was a beast in the playoffs for the Predators last year and would be a great addition to the Avs offense.
There should be a lot of news in the upcoming weeks about the Avs and free agency. They HAVE to sign four goalies as well as (most likely) a few other free agents to reach the cap floor of $48.3 million.
Who would you like to see in an Avalanche uniform next season?