The Colorado Avalanche have signed the best free agent available, inking forward Evan Rodrigues to a one-year deal worth $2 million.
Rodrigues, 29, is coming off of a career-best 43-point season, highlighted by 19 goals, the first double-digit goal count of his career. Rodrigues seemed to fit in anywhere he played last year, especially with Sidney Crosby, which inflated his numbers.
Still, Rodrigues' numbers on a team that struggled with injuries was promising, and adding him to a team fresh off of the Stanley Cup will allow him to continue to build on his momentum. With the right teammates, 20 goals is definitely an option, and while he won't need to be as important offensively in Colorado, the Avs got someone who can clearly compete and gel with high-end talent and thrive while doing it.