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Rotowire: Jul 1 / 9:27a ET
News: Beauchemin signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the Avalanche on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Beauchemin will give the Avs an experienced, left-handed defender to pair up with the team's most dynamic offensive talent on the blue line, Tyson Barrie. Coach Patrick Roy will largely task Beauchemin will providing sound play in front of netminder Semyon Varlamov, who was routinely barraged by shot attempts last season. At 35 years old, Beauchemin is probably on the downside of his career, but still possesses enough skill as a hitter and shot blocker to help upgrade the Avs' overall defense.
StatsLLC: Jul 1 / 12:00a ET
News: The Colorado Avalanche fortified their blue line by signing Beauchemin to a three-year deal. Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said the signing of the defenseman on Wednesday brings "toughness, leadership and a veteran presence to our blue line."
Impact: The 35-year-old Beauchemin averaged a team-best 22 minutes, 44 seconds of ice time per game for Anaheim last season. He also ranked second among Ducks defensemen with a career-high 11 goals. Beauchemin also brings postseason experience, having played in all 16 playoff games for the Ducks in 2014-15 and averaging 25:24 of ice time. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Beauchemin was a third-round pick by Montreal in 1998. He's played in 673 NHL games with four teams.