Grigorenko signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Avalanche on Wednesday, Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports reports. Grigorenko was solid in a limited role with Colorado last season, notching 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) while averaging 13:16 of ice time over 74 games. The 22-year-old forward will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Avalanche in 2016-17, and should be similarly productive barring injury.
Grigorenko was extended a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Monday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. In his first season with the Avalanche, Grigorenko posted career-highs across the board with six goals and 21 assists over 74 games. By receiving the qualifying offer, the 22-year-old is clearly in the Avs' plans for the future, as they'll have the chance to match any contract offers he receives during the free agency period. In just his second season with the Avs and fifth campaign overall, Grigorenko should see a similar role next season.
Grigorenko tallied a goal on his only shot in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Blues. Grigorenko put an end to an eight-game scoreless streak with Tuesday's goal. Despite not finding the back of the net in that span, he did tally 10 shots on goal and eight blocked shots. The 21-year-old now has 25 points in his first full season in the league.
Grigorenko ended a 12-game goal drought and added a power-play assist in Monday's 3-1 win against the Coyotes. The 21-year-old center hasn't been very impressive in his first full year in the NHL, but flashed some of that skill that warranted a first-round selection back in 2012. During a mad scramble in front, Grigorenko was able to find the loose buck and roof a backhander past Louis Domingue for his fifth goal of the season.
Grigorenko (illness) will suit up Wednesday against the Kings. Grigorenko was scratched from Tuesday's game due to an illness, but he was able to get back on the ice just one night later. Grigorenko lit the lamp in his last game Saturday to snap a five-game scoreless streak.
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