DENVER — The Avalanche locked up defenseman Samuel Girard with a seven-year extension that goes through the 2026-27 season.
Girard, 21, played in all 82 games last season. He finished with four goals and 23 assists for an Avalanche team that has made back-to-back playoff appearances.
It was Girard’s second season with the Avalanche after being acquired from Nashville as part of a three-team deal with Ottawa on Nov. 5, 2017.
He was originally a second-round pick in 2016 by the Predators.
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic says Girard has an “exceptional ability to skate and move the puck.”
The Avalanche boast a young and exciting blue line with Girard, Cale Makar and Bowen Byram, the fourth overall pick in the June draft.