Avalanche Re-Sign Mittelstadt to Multi-Year Deal

One of the big trades heading up to this year's trade deadline saw the Colorado Avalanche swap young promising defenceman Bowen Byram to the Buffalo Sabres in return for second line centre Casey Mittelstadt.

The deal paid off for both teams, and now it's paid off for Mittelstadt as well, as the impending restricted free agent has inked a rich new deal with the Avs.

It’s a three-year contract with an average annual value of $5.75 million. It was one of the Avs biggest off-season priorities, and they are thrilled to have extended him. 

“Casey was a great fit for our lineup and a big contributor to our team down the stretch and in the playoffs,” said Avalanche general manager Chris MacFarland. “His game has improved every season and he took yet another big jump this past year.  We believe he has an even higher level to reach and it was important to get him signed for several years. Casey is an exciting, playmaking center with good vision and hands and at just 25 years old is going to be a big part of our team moving forward.”

The 25-year-old had 10 points in 18 games down the stretch after being acquired by Colorado, and raised his game to another level in the playoffs with nine points in 11 games.

The former eighth overall pick of the 2017 NHL draft was off to a nice start with the Sabres this season, but with restricted free agency on the horizon and so much of their cap already committed in long-term deals to their core players, the Sabres decided to move on and recoup a nice asset for him.

The Avalanche were the beneficiaries of that move. 

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