Avalanche awards AHL All-Star T.J. Tynan with a 2020-21 contract

The Avalanche extended its best American Hockey League forward Thursday, signing T.J. Tynan to a two-way contract for the 2020-21 season. He’ll earn $800,000 with the Avs or $500,000 with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles prorated by games spent with each franchise, according to a source.

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Tynan, 28, was the Eagles’ lone AHL All-Star this season and has seen action in 16 NHL games with the Avs. He leads the Eagles with 47 points in 42 games and has one point with the big club. His 42 assists rank second among all AHL players.

A four-year college player at Notre Dame, the 5-foot-9 Tynan signed a one-year contract with the Avs last summer, paying him $425,000 in the minors and $700,000 in the NHL. He was previously with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Vegas Golden Knights’ organizations but played just three combined NHL games with those teams.

Notes. Marek Hejduk, the son of Avalanche great Milan Hejduk, has been named to the prestigious U.S. National Development Program 17-under team for 2020-21. Marek, a forward, and his twin brother, David, a defenseman, played for the Colorado Thunderbirds’ 15-under team last season. Milan, an American citizen from the Czech Republic, was their coach.

Marek Hejduk will move to Ann Arbor, Mich., and attend a high school there if he moves forward with the USNDP.