Report: Avalanche ink Berra to three-year extension

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The Colorado Avalanche have reportedly signed goaltender Reto Berra to a three-year extension, per the Denver Post.

Berra, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, hasn’t played a game yet for the Avalanche and had a 2.95 GAA and .897 save percentage in 29 games with the Calgary Flames.

It caught some people off guard when the Avalanche scarified a second-round pick in order to pry the 27-year-old rookie away from Calgary when they already had Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The initial explanation for the trade was that the Avalanche wanted an insurance policy in case Giguere’s back becomes an issue again. It was later revealed that Giguere is also seriously considering retirement and Colorado consequently got Berra with the intention of elevating him to the backup role in 2014-15.

Berra will get his first start with the Colorado Avalanche on March 19, according to the Post’s Adrian Dater.