Avs' Jonathan Drouin Happy to Leave Canadiens for Fresh Start

Jonathan Drouin could not be more happier with his decision. He needed a change of scenery this summer and his agent delivered as Drouin signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Drouin signed a one-year contract at $825,000, and heads to mile high after spending six seasons in Montreal. He's happy to reunite with junior teammate Nathan MacKinnon and Drouin recently caught up with Colorado Hockey Now and had this to say on his new team:

I think I needed a fresh start. Obviously, there was a lot of ups and downs in my six years in Montreal, so I’m super excited to get a fresh start somewhere new. It’s a great team, and it’s been a great team for a lot of years, so I’m just going to try to help them any way I can, and try to find my game again. I know it’s there, it’s just a matter of confidence. We definitely were texting quite a bit in the past couple of weeks. Obviously, I’ve known Nate for quite a while now. To get a text from him at this time of my career was something I was looking forward to.

The Avalanche are expected to test out the chemistry and give MacKinnon and Drouin a chance to play together out of training camp. If they can find it once again, look out because they would do special things for the Halifax Mooseheads. 

Last season Drouin recorded just two goals and 27 assists in 58 games for the Canadiens.

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