Avalanche Sign D Kyle Cumiskey To One Year Contract

The Colorado Avalanche have finally signed all their restricted free agents after agreeing to terms on a two-way deal with defenseman Kyle Cumiskey, just barely a week before the start of Training Camp.

According to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, the two-way contract  is worth $708,000 while on the Avalanche roster, and $105,000 if he is sent down to the AHL Lake Erie affiliate.

Cumiskey is facing an uphill battle this upcoming season, as Colorado has turned away from the fast, light defensive style that was prevalent at the very beginning of last season. The roster now includes big, physical defensmen such as Ryan O'Byrne and Erik Johnson, along with free agent signings this offseason of players like Jan Hejda and Shane O'Brien. With Cumiskey's lack of size -- and significant injury history -- he likely represents quality depth for the season more than an impact player on the Opening Night roster. 

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