Veteran d-man Clark joins Avs’ staff

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The Colorado Avalanche returned a familiar face to the fold on Tuesday, officially announcing Brett Clark as its newest player development consultant.

Clark, 37, is a veteran of nearly 700 NHL contests and spent a good chunk of his career in Denver, scoring a career-high 10 goals and 39 points for the Avs during the 2006-07 campaign. Clark was also a member of the ’11 Tampa Bay Lightning squad that came within one game of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

Last year, Clark spent half the season as an unrestricted free agent before inking a deal with Colorado’s AHL affiliate in Lake Erie. He played 53 games for the Monsters, scoring 14 points. He’ll now work in a similar capacity as former Avs captain Adam Foote, who’s currently employed as a defense development consultant.