DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 16: Mark Barberio #44 of the Colorado Avalanche advances the puck against the Washington Capitals at Pepsi Center on November 16, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Despite missing a significant amount of last season due to injury, the Colorado Avalanche and defenseman Mark Barberio agreed on a two-year contract extension. Set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Avalanche prevented that from happening.

He recently spoke in an interview with TVA Sports about his excitement about the Avalanche’s success this season.

Barberio also spoke about his opportunities with the Avalanche and how he has been able to grow as a player.

“I played well when I was given a chance in Montreal, but in Colorado I have better opportunities because I will not go back to the press box after every game I play”, he said. “I am more mature and more experienced, and all that is thanks to the Avalanche that gave me my chance.”

Despite only playing a little over half of the season, Barberio matched a career high with 13 points. He had three goals and 10 assists in 46 games. He also appeared in all six of Colorado’s postseason games against the Nashville Predators. Barberio recorded one assist and averaged 22:18 time on ice per game, ranked third on the team.

Barberio was claimed on waivers from the Montreal Canadiens on February 2, 2017. He played in all 34 remaining games for the Avalanche that season. He recorded two goals and seven assists.

Drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Draft, Barberio has collected 13 goals and 40 assists in 239 career games.

“Mark has been a steady part of our blue line since joining the team and has helped solidify our defensive depth,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Joe Sakic in a press release. “He has played important minutes for us and has been a key penalty killer. We are pleased to have Mark under contract for the next two seasons.”

Barberio is the ninth Avalanche currently under contract by the team. He joins Conor Timmins, Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrier, Nikita Zadorov, Samuel Girard, Anton Lindholm, David Warsofsky and Mark Alt.

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