The Colorado Avalanche announced the signings of goaltender Cedrick Desjardins and forward Evan Brophey to one-year contracts for the 2011-12 season.
The team has also agreed to terms on one-year contracts with five of its own players: defenseman David Liffiton and forwards Greg Mauldin, Justin Mercier, Ryan Stoa and David Van Der Gulik.
Desjardins, 25, made his NHL debut in 2010-11, appearing in two games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He won both of his starts, posting a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage. The Edmundston, New Brunswick native spent most of the year with Tampa Bay’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, where he posted a 15-6-1 record with a 2.59 GAA and .905 save percentage in 24 appearances.
Brophey, 24, also made his NHL debut in 2010-11, playing one game for the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 23 against Columbus. He spent most of the year with the Rockford IceDogs (AHL), collecting 10 goals and 19 points in 67 games. A third-round pick by the Blackhawks in the 2005 Entry Draft, the Kitchener, Ontario native has spent the last four seasons with Rockford. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound forward amassed 36 goals and 107 points in 68 games with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) during his final season of junior hockey in 2006-07.