Even though the Avalanche didn’t make a monumental splash at the trade deadline, there remains a question of “What the hell does Joe Sakic do with that cap space” when the Avalanche free-agency time comes – whenever the off-season eventually is upon us? I’m not a massive fan of BIG free-agency deals, they usually are good on paper at least for a season or three, then just look appalling. At first you think “Sure he’s 29, but he’s got two good seasons at least, yeah?” You get those two or so good seasons but then someone who is serviceable at age 31/32 ends up being 36 with a contract that straight up stinks. (sounds familiar Wings’ fans?) That, I’m not a fan of.
Piece By Piece, Block By Block
As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, the way Joe Sakic has built this roster is the correct way; Patiently and well managed financially. There are no real burdens, contract-wise, and having some young studs of course helps. But, in recent years, he hasn’t ONCE forced something that has yet been deemed detrimental to the franchise. All his signings and trades of recent times have been fantastic and the scouting staff has seemingly steered through the rocky seas of prospect evaluating and made it out the other side.
But am I the only thinking is it time to maaaaaybe take a walk on the wild side and see the Avs’ dip their feet in a big way into the free-agency pool?