Holden’s move to forward is part necessity and part punishment. Holden has struggled this season, evidenced by his team-worst minus-16 rating. He will skate on the Avs’ fourth line with Cody McLeod and Michael Sgarbossa, while Karl Stollery will take his spot on the blue line.
The Avalanche have re-signed Nick Holden to a three-year deal worth $4.95 million.
Holden, 27, had a strong season with the Avalanche in 2013-14. He scored 10 goals with 15 assists and a plus-12 rating in 54 games in his first full NHL season and first with Colorado. He should be amongst their top-6 blueliners in 2014-15.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Nick Holden to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.