The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has re-signed forward Cody McLeod to a one-year contract, and also agreed to terms with forwards Philippe Dupuis and Nathan Smith, defensemen Darcy Campbell and Aaron MacKenzie, and goaltenders Jason Bacashihua and Tyler Weiman.
While it may seem like a small signing to some, I became a big McLeod fan last year and think he played a big part in getting the Avs to the playoffs.
Dressing in the last 49 games of the season, McLeod only compiled 9 points, but he also added some much needed grit and wasn't afraid to throw down with some of the league's best fighters.
According to hockeyfights.com statistics, McLeod had twelve fights in the regular season (not counting the eight he had in the AHL) and while he doesn't really have the best technique, (it sort of resembles an angry squirrel trying to get his nuts back - pardon my insinuations) he makes the Avs a tough team to play against.
Assuming the he plays with the same energy he is capable of, a rotation of McLeod, Ledin, Guite, Laperriere, and possibly McCormick seems like an interesting possibility for the Avalanche.
Oh, and of his five total goals this season, two of them were against Detroit.
That never hurts.
And if you don't like the signing, love the fact that he hates the Wings: