Avs Re-Sign David Jones, Matt Hunwick

Jones Signs for 4-Year, $16 Million; Hunwick Signs 2-Year, $3.2 Million Deal

The Colorado Avalanche has re-signed forward David Jones and defenseman Matt Hunwick.

Jones’ 4-year contract is worth $16 million and Hunwick’s 2-year contract is worth $3.2 million.

Jones, 27, reached the 20-goal mark for the second straight year in 2011-12, finishing with 20 goals, 17 assists and 37 points in 72 games. He shared the team lead with five game-winning goals, while his 20 goals overall ranked third on the squad. The Guelph, Ontario, native tied for fourth on the team in points.

“David has been one of our top offensive players over the past two seasons,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “He is a product of our organization who has developed into a proven goal scorer. We are pleased to have him under contract as he enters the prime of his career.”

Jones, scored two overtime goals this past season, giving him five in his career and the third-most in franchise history. In fact, all five of his OT winners have come since Jan. 1, 2011, tied with Steven Stamkos for the highest total of any NHL player during that time span. Jones’ three OT markers in 2010-11 established a single-season team record.

Jones was selected by the Avalanche in the ninth round and 288th overall of the 2003 Entry Draft. He became the first draft choice to ever make it to the NHL when he made his debut in 2007-08 in Avalanche history. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound right wing has appeared in 239 career games, tallying 67 goals and 50 assists for 117 points. Jones tied for the club lead with 27 goals in 2010-11

Hunwick, 27 will enter his third year with the Avalanche. He scored three goals and had three assists in 33 games last season.

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