Colorado Avalanche sign Alex Galchenyuk to pro tryout contract

According to Peter Baugh of The Athletic, the Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a professional tryout contract.

The 28-year-old winger played the 2021-22 season with the Arizona Coyotes. He scored 21 points in 60 games, finishing tied with Anton Stralman for ninth on the team in points.

Galchenyuk was selected third overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Although he didn’t reach the potential the Canadiens hoped for, he ranks fifth among other 2012 rookies in points and third in games played.

Galchenyuk was never a star player in Montreal, but he enjoyed six productive seasons there from 2012 to 2018. Overall, he scored 255 points in 418 games there. His best season in Montreal was the 2015-16 campaign, when he scored 30 goals and 56 points, leading the team in goals.

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The Milwaukee, Wis. native was traded to Arizona after the 2017-18 season in a one-for-one deal for Max Domi. Galchenyuk played one season there, scoring 41 points. It was then shipped back to Pittsburgh as part of the trade that sent Phil Kessel to Arizona.

He didn’t last a full season in Pittsburgh when he was traded to Minnesota at the trade deadline for Jason Zucker. The Ottawa Senators decided to take a chance on him for the 2020-21 season, but he only ended up playing eight games for them, scoring just one point.

In February 2021, Galchenyuk was traded to Carolina for Ryan Dzingel. But it was only two days before he was traded again, this time to his old rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had a productive stint in Toronto, scoring 12 points in 26 games and four points in six playoff games.

After a season in the Arizona desert, Galchnyuk is trying to land a contract with the Colorado Avalanche juggernaut for the 2022-23 season.

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