The Colorado Avalanche have signed goalie Calvin Pickard for another year, the club announced today.
It’s reportedly a two-way deal worth $850,500 at the NHL level.
Pickard is coming off an excellent rookie season, albeit in a limited role. The 23-year-old appeared in 16 games, 13 of them starts, and registered a .932 save percentage.
On three occasions, Pickard was forced to make more than 40 saves. That included a 47-save effort at Pittsburgh on Dec. 18, though the Avs actually lost that game, 1-0, in overtime.
With Semyon Varlamov firmly entrenched as the No. 1 in Colorado, Pickard will have to battle Reto Berra for the No. 2 role next season.
Given Pickard will be on a two-way deal and is exempt from waivers, more time in the minors seems likely.