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Avs sign Croatian prospect Borna Rendulic

May 20, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

The Colorado Avalanche reportedly signed Croatian-born prospect Borna Rendulic to a contract on Tuesday, reports and the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater confirms. indicates that he’d be the first player from Croatia to make the NHL if he manages to get that far. (There appears to be no evidence to the contrary, but if you find any, feel free to mention it in the comments.)

CapGeek indicates that it would be a two-year deal with a $620K cap hit at the NHL level and a $60K salary if he played in the AHL. Do note that the Avalanche haven’t provided a press release about Rendulic at this time.

Rendulic scored 11 goals and 32 points while collecting 34 penalty minutes and a -1 rating during the 2013-14 season with the SM-liiga’s HPK Hameenlinna.

It’s difficult to forecast his NHL chances, but if he makes it, his name certainly lends itself to puns:

“Born again” and maybe even “Bourne Supremacy/Identity” puns could also work well, depending on the situation.

  1. youcallthathockeyblog - May 20, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Borna “Cro Hockey” Rendulic.

  2. 1harrypairatesties - May 20, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    blomfeld ? OOOh blomfeld.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - May 21, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Well, obviously, since he has signed, and for more than most of us make, he’s no longer Borna Free.

  4. vacuoso - May 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Here’s to him playing in the NHL his first year, no need for finding Jesus…

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