Erik Johnson Signs 4-Year Deal With Colorado Avalanche

WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEBRUARY 19: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots from the point during their NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on February 19, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Erik Johnson has re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche for four years and approximately $15 million.

Erik Johnson will be returning to the Colorado Avalanche after he re-signed with the team on Tuesday. His current contract expired at the end of this season, and he's decided to stay with the Avs, signing a new deal worth $15 million over four years. Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman spoke about the signing on the team's website.

"Since Erik's arrival in Colorado, he has provided stability, size and an offensive presence to our blueline. At only 24 years of age, we believe that Erik will continue to grow his game and we are thrilled to have him under contract."

A former No. 1 overall pick, Johnson has been a solid performer in the NHL but has never quite lived up to his early potential. The Blues traded him at the trade deadline in February of 2011, and though Johnson could still improve significantly, the Avs are currently looking like the losers of that trade. Since the swap, Johnson and Jay McClement have been out-performed by the players they were swapped for, Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart.

For more on the Avs, head over to Mile High Hockey and SB Nation Denver.

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