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Sam Girard has a long contract, big future with Avalanche

The Avalanche’s smallest player unveiled a big smile when looking back on his summer.

July 31 highlighted Sam Girard’s summer in his native Quebec. When the 5-foot-10, 170-pound defenseman signed a seven-year contract extension on the last day of July, Girard obtained the most NHL security among all Avs players.

Girard, 21, will be under contract for eight years, because this season he will conclude his three-year entry-level contract paying him $700,000, plus bonuses. He’ll make $5 million annually from 2020-21 to 2026-27.

“It’s fun to be back with the boys. I had a great summer.