Jonas Holøs is a 26-year-old defenseman from Sarpsborg, Norway. He was drafted 170th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche - just weeks after he was invited to the Chicago Blackhawks’ try-out camp. Holøs would go on to play the next two seasons for Farjestads BK in the Elitserien (Sweden’s top-tier league) before getting a chance to play for the Avalanche.
During the 2010-11 season, Holøs played 39 games in the NHL, registering 6 points (all assists) and 10 penalty minutes. He also played for the Avs‘ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, suiting up for 17 games and registering 6 assists and 8 penalty minutes. He appeared in 7 games in the AHL playoffs that year, scoring a goal and an assist.
Per mutual agreement, he left North America after the season and went to play for the Växjö Lakers of the Elitserien, despite his NHL contract being for two years, not just one. He played two seasons in Sweden before signing a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, where he spent the past two seasons. He’s currently without a contract and is looking for a new team.
Holøs is well-known for his unusually high average ice-time, which is mostly over 25 minutes per game. He’s also an experienced national team player, who has not missed any of the past 10 World Championships. He also played at the Olympics. The Avalanche have his rights, but their rights will expire this summer. If he doesn’t sign with them until then, he’ll be able to sign with any NHL team.
The European Avs website Eurolanche has conducted an interview with former Colorado Avalanche defense-man Jonas Holøs, which you can read at the source. In which they write that his agent confirms to have been talking to Colorado Avalanche lately, but no offers have been made. If the Avs don’t pull the trigger here, it would be interesting to see if any other NHL teams want him.