Avalanche sign F Grimaldi, D Graham

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:31 PM The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Rocco Grimaldi and defenseman Jesse Graham to one-year contracts Wednesday.

Grimaldi, 24, spent the majority of the 2016-17 season with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, recording 55 points (31 goals, 55 points) in 72 games. He also appeared in four games for the Avalanche, tallying one assist.

Grimaldi was selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2011 NHL draft. He was acquired by Colorado on June 23, 2016. The Anaheim, Calif., native owns seven points (four goals, three assists) in 31 career NHL games with the Panthers and Avalanche.

Graham, 23, split the 2016-17 campaign between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL in the New York Islanders' system. He recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 19 games for Bridgeport Sound and 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 24 contests with the Mavericks.

Graham was selected by the Islanders in the sixth round in 2012. The Oshawa, Ontario, native played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2010-14.

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