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Colorado Avalanche signs free-agent forward Brandon Yip to two-year deal

DENVER - Restricted free-agent forward Brandon Yip, who led all rookies in goals per game last season, has signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Yip was recalled by the Avs on Dec. 18 and finished with 11 goals and 19 points in 32 games. He was second on the team with two goals and two assists in six playoff games.

He missed the first two months of the season with a hand injury and most of March with a shoulder injury.

The Avs also signed free-agent forward Ben Walter to a one-year deal. Walter, who has played in 24 career NHL games with the Devils, Bruins and Islanders, led New Jersey's AHL affiliate with 58 points last season.

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