Grimaldi, Graham sign 1-year deals
The Avalanche signed forward Rocco Grimaldi and defenseman Jesse Graham to one-year deals, the team announced Wednesday.
Grimaldi, drafted 33rd overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft, was acquired by Colorado on June 23, 2016. He appeared in four games for the Avs last season and recorded one assist. The 24-year-old spent the majority of 2016-17 with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, where he scored 31 goals (tied for third in the league) in 72 games. He became the fifth 30-goal scorer in Rampage history. He has 31 career NHL appearances between the Avs and Florida Panthers.
Graham, 23, spent last season in the New York Islanders’ system, suiting up for the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks. He had nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 19 games with the Sound Tigers and 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 24 appearances with the Mavericks. He was selected in the sixth round (155th overall) of the 2012 NHL entry draft.