Mitchell to join Avalanche.

TSN’s Darrren Dreger reports the Colorado Avalanche are expected to sign former NY Rangers center John Mitchell to a two-year contract. Details to follow…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mitchell played 63 regular season and 18 playoff games as a checking forward with the Rangers last season. He’ll likely replace Jay McClement, who is also an unrestricted free agent. He earned $650K on a one-year, two-way contract last season.

**UPDATE** Mitchell’s deal is $2.2 million, for an average annual cap hit of $1.1 million.