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Monday, July 24, 2006
Avalanche sign forward Stastny, defenseman Klee

Associated Press

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Paul Stastny on Monday and agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Ken Klee.

Stastny, 20, a standout at the University of Denver for two seasons, signed a multiyear contract with the Avalanche. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal means Stastny will begin his professional career with the same franchise as his father, Peter Stastny, who signed with Quebec in 1980.

Stastny had 36 goals and 62 assists in just two seasons at Denver.

"Paul brings a great deal of speed, skill and potential to the organization," Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere said. "Obviously his college accomplishments speak for themselves and we look forward to watching him continue to develop."

Klee, 35, is entering his 12th NHL season after stints with Washington, Toronto and New Jersey. The Avalanche are looking to shore up the blue line after losing unrestricted free agent defenseman Rob Blake to Los Angeles earlier this month.

"Ken gives us another strong, experienced defenseman," Giguere said. "He has demonstrated year after year that he can be counted on to take quality minutes and play a solid defensive game and we'll be counting on him to do that for us this season."