According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the Colorado Avalanche have signed left wing Per Ledin to a one-year contract. Ledin will turn 30 when training camp begins. While playing for HV71 of the Swedish Eliteserien last year, he scored 16 goals and 33 points in 52 games. Known for his gritty style and agitator role he also had 137 penalty minutes. He appeared in 7 games at the World Championships in Quebec/Halifax and assisted on 5 goals. He is also good at shutting down the opposition's top players and is a great team player.
He will provide exactly what the Avalanche was looking for. The team needs to get tougher and is lacking another effective agitator to support Ian Laperriere. The Avalanche are probably hoping that the 6 foot and 194 lbs forward will turn into another Johan Franzen. After Detroit won the Stanley Cup with 7 Swedes on its playoff-roster it makes sense that Colorado was looking in Scandinavia to find some missing pieces.
This marks the third player in the post-lockout NHL who gets signed by the Avalanche and has a legitimate chance to crack the roster:
- In 2005 Colorado signed goalie Vitaly Kolesnik. Kolesnik played 8 games.
- In 2007, center Jaroslav Hlinka was signed to a one-year contract. He appeared in 63 regular season games and accomplished 28 points. He left the Avalanche for Europe
Financial terms of the deal were not announced.