The Colorado Avalanche have signed recently-acquired center Carl Soderberg to a five-year, $23.75 million contract.

Avalanche re-sign Carl Soderberg.

Avalanche re-sign Carl Soderberg.

  SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche only acquired Soderberg yesterday. Considering how quickly they re-sign him, this move appears a certainty Ryan O’Reilly will be traded very soon, possibly today.

The Avs paid a steep price for Soderberg salary-wise, as he’s getting a huge jump in pay from his $1.008 million cap hit of this season. He’s now earning $4.75 million annually starting in 2015-16 with a full no-trade clause in the first two years and a limited one afterward. That’s a lot for a guy with back-to-back 40 point seasons. Evidently they see him sliding into the second-line center role.