The Avalanche invested nearly $10 million in two players Friday.

Forward John Mitchell signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract, and goalie Reto Berra signed a three-year, $4.35 million contract. Both could have become unrestricted free agents next season.

"John is a proven NHL player who has been a very good addition to our team the past two seasons," said Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic. "He can play in different situations, and we feel his presence and his versatility will continue to strongly benefit our team moving forward."

Berra, acquired last week from the Calgary Flames, is making $850,000 in the final year of his contract. Mitchell was making $1.2 million. Mitchell will earn salaries of $1.7 million, $1.8 million and $1.9 million.

Berra will get his first start with the Avalanche at Winnipeg on Wednesday.

"I'm really pumped and excited, really looking forward to it," Berra said. "All the guys here have been so friendly and welcoming. It's a really great group of guys and a great team."

Coach Patrick Roy said Berra was at the top of the Avs' list for potential backup goalies who might be available.

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