Devon Toews Re-Ups With Avalanche For The Long Haul

Another huge extension handed out in the NHL, as the Colorado Avalanche have conducted a nice piece of business, locking-in Devon Toews for another seven seasons.

The deal is worth $7.25M AAV over seven years, a solid price for a very solid D-man. The top-pairing defenseman was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, coming off his $4.1M cap hit, and would have been in line for a much higher AAV on the open market, but now will settle in on the Colorado blueline until 2031. 

Toews will be 30 when the contract kicks in next season, and while the price is right for the Avs, they had to go a little longer on term than they might have been comfortable with to get it done. 

Toews is consistently among the plus-minus leaders, compiling a +120 over the past three seasons—tops among all NHL defensemen. He posted seven goals and 50 points last season, following a 13-goal, 57-point year in 2021-22. He consistently logs 25+ minutes of ice time per night for the Avs. 

Colorado's core of forwards Nathan MacKinnonGabriel LandeskogValeri NichushkinArtturi LehkonenRoss Colton, and defensemen Cale Makar, Samuel Girard and now Toews are all locked in until at least 2027. 

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