Samuel Girard is in Colorado to stay and his financial future is assured. The Robervalois defenseman has signed a new seven-year, $ 35-million deal with the Avalanche in the last few hours.
The team made the announcement in a statement late in the morning. “Samuel has been one of the most complete defenders since joining the Avalanche,” said General Manager Joe Sakic. He takes significant minutes and is a person on which coaches rely to face the best opposing lines.
“He has exceptional abilities to skate and control the puck. As a member of our core, we believe that it was important to hire them in the long term, “said Sakic.
This new contract will come into effect at the beginning of the 2020-2021 season until 2027. Next season, Girard will be in the final year of his three-year rookie contract. Last year, the Roberval tornado played in every Avalanche game in the regular season, amassing 27 points. Wounded in the first round, he was still in the lineup for nine playoff games. A second-round draft pick for the Nashville Predators in 2016, Girard was acquired by the Avalanche the previous season in a three-team deal that included Matt Duchene for the Ottawa Senators and Kyle Turris in Nashville.
The sacrifices were numerous for the Girard family throughout Samuel’s career.
“It’s a big moment. It’s really something. Seven years, we did not expect that, “said his father, Tony Girard, Wednesday afternoon, during a telephone interview.
He and his wife, Guylaine Dion, were aware of the negotiations between officer Pat Brisson and Avalanche in recent weeks and finally, everything was tied Tuesday late evening. Although everything was still unofficial, Samuel Girard took the trouble to warn his relatives via a video conversation. Once all the papers signed and sent to the offices of the National League, the announcement was made Wednesday morning. Pride was of course very big for everyone.
“Jeremy (his brother) made big sacrifices for Sam and he cried with joy. He was really happy for Sam and the whole family too. It has always been said that work equals reward and that’s what it gives, “says the father. When he was younger, Jérémy had put his own hockey career on hold for the benefit of his younger brother because of financial obligations that were too important for his parents.
“It’s a good contract for Sam,” says Tony Girard, adding that a tax expert on Pat Brisson’s team will advise the 21-year-old to make informed decisions.
“Sam stays down to earth. It’s as if nothing was wrong. It is as usual, “assures the father, adding that customary celebrations will be made at a family dinner in a few weeks. Starting August 19th, the Robervalois will be in the region to participate in the Julie Robitaille power skating school in Dolbeau-Mistassini. In the meantime, he will continue his summer training in Châteauguay.