The Colorado Avalanche have signed free-agent forward Joe Colborne to a two-year, $5-million contract, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.

A former first-round pick, 16th overall in 2008, Colborne exploded in a big way last season, scoring 19 goals and adding 25 assists in 73 games for the Calgary Flames. He hit the market after he wasn't tendered a qualifying offer.

A center, Colborne will turn 27 in January. His previous career highs in goals and points were 10 and 28.