The Colorado Avalanche have reportedly signed star defenseman Erik Johnson to a contract extension of $42 million over 7 years, giving him an Annual Average Value of $6M. The contract makes Johnson tied for the 11th highest-paid defenseman in the NHL. Johnson was Colorado’s top defenseman last season and was on his way to a potential career-high season when…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast. Follow AJ on Twitter - @returnofaj