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Report: Avs close to signing top SHL forward Derek Ryan


The Colorado Avalanche are reportedly the front runners to sign forward Derek Ryan.

According to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post, the Avs are currently in negotiations with Ryan on a two-way contract.

Chambers reports the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs are also in the mix.

The 28-year-old spent the 2014-15 season with Orebro HK of the Swedish Hockey League leading his team with 60 points in 55 games.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward was never drafted. Prior to this year, Ryan spent three seasons playing professionally in Austria. He led Austria’s top pro league in scoring during the 2013-14 season.

Photo courtesy of The Denver Post

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