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Avs give Mitchell, Berra three-year extensions

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3/14/2014 8:14:34 PM
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Denver, CO - The Colorado Avalanche announced a pair of signings on Friday.

Forward John Mitchell was inked to a three-year contract extension and goaltender Reto Berra was kept in the fold with a three-year deal.

Mitchell has registered seven goals and 23 points in 65 games this season for the Avalanche. The 29-year-old signed with Colorado in July of 2012 and tallied 10 goals and 20 points last season.

"John is a proven NHL player who has been a very good addition to our team the past two seasons," said Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic. "He can play in different situations and we feel his presence and his versatility will continue to strongly benefit our team moving forward."

A fifth-round draft pick of Toronto in 2003, Mitchell spent parts of three seasons with the Maple Leafs and one season with the Rangers before joining the Avalanche.

Berra was acquired from Calgary on Mar. 5 in exchange for a second-round pick in this year's draft. The Swiss native posted a 9-17-2 record in his first NHL season for the Flames.

"As I mentioned when we acquired Reto, we strongly believe in his abilities," said Sakic. "He has size and skill and will help solidify our goaltending position for years to come."

The 27-year-old was taken by St. Louis in the 2006 draft, but spent his entire professional career in Switzerland prior to this year.

Berra's contract likely means that current backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere will either retire or catch on with another club next season.

John Mitchell (Photo: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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