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Colorado Avalanche ink Gabriel and Rene Bourque

03 MAR 2015: Nashville Predators left wing Gabriel Bourque (57) during the second period of the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Nashville Predators played at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ. The New Jersey Devils defeat the Nashville Predators 3-1.

With just a few days left until the start of the regular season, the Colorado Avalanche have inked a pair of players named Bourque to one year deals.

It was confirmed by the Central Division club on Monday that both Gabriel Bourque and Rene Bourque have been inked to standard player contracts for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign. The two, who both attended training camp with Colorado, are not related.

A native of Rimouski, Quebec, Gabriel Bourque is a former 2009 draft pick of the Nashville Predators who spent his entire pro career prior to this season with the Preds. Through a collective 242 career NHL games, he has put up 31 goals and 78 points.

Rene Bourque, on the other hand, is a long-time NHL veteran. He’s been in the league for 660 career games, putting up 298 points in the process across the Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, and Columbus Blue Jackets. Undrafted at the NHL level, the Lac la Biche, Alberta native was signed as a free agent by the Blackhawks following his fourth and final season of NCAA hockey at the University of Wisconsin.

Neither forward is likely to be more than offensive depth for Colorado, so these aren’t particularly consequential signings. For the Avalanche, though, this could help them reinforce their bottom six without having to sacrifice their newly-replenished AHL roster.

The Avalanche will begin their 2016-17 season on Saturday, October 15th, when they host the Dallas Stars.

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