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Avalanche sign former Pittsburgh Penguins forward

The Avalanche begin the preseason on Monday, Oct. 3.

DENVER — Free agent forward Evan Rodrigues has signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Rodrigues set career highs in goals (19), assists (24) and points (43) last season in 82 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 29-year-old has 53 goals and 76 assists in 316 career NHL games with the Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres.

"We are excited to add a two-way player with Evan’s versatility to our group," said Avalanche General Manager Chris MacFarland on Monday. "He is coming off his best offensive season and has shown he can play in a variety of roles and help a lineup in many ways."

Rodrigues had five points in seven Stanley Cup Playoff contests last season.

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Evan Rodrigues (9) celebrates his hat trick with Bryan Rust (17) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Rust also had a hat trick in the game, and the Penguins won 8-5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Evan Rodrigues (9) loses control of the puck as he attempts to get a shot on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Buffalo Sabres center Evan Rodrigues (71) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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