Avs sign C Wyatt Smith, D Wes O’Neill
DENVER ” The Colorado Avalanche have signed free agent Wyatt Smith to a one-year contract and Wes O’Neill to a three-year contract.
Smith, a center, appeared in 61 games with the Minnesota Wild last year and has also played for the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and New York Islanders. Phoenix picked him 233rd overall in the 1997 draft.
O’Neill, a defenseman, was drafted 115th overall by the New York Islanders in 2004. He was selected to play for Team Canada at the Under-18 Select Championships in 2003.
“These players provide us additional organizational depth,” Avalanche Assistant General Manager Greg Sherman said Monday. “We have the ability now with our affiliates to sign and develop players with our own staff and philosophy.”
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