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Tyson Jost signs new deal with Avalanche; Is that it for spending?

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Tyson Jost

Tyson Jost, whose mercurial play has often been the subject of scorn among Avs but who rebounded with a pretty nice season in 2021, re-signed with the club today at two years, $4 million. Jost will make $1.75 million this coming season, and $2.25 million in 2022-23.

According to our partners at PuckPedia, the Avalanche have a full boat when it comes to allowable “active-roster” contracts.

I’ll be honest, the cap number stuff is thoroughly confusing to me. Does anyone know what the true cap number is lol? CapFriendly says the Avs have about $5.1 million of cap space right now, but they are counting players such as Logan O’Connor, Jacob MacDonald and Alex Newhook as “non-roster” players. PuckPedia has them as on the roster. But, unless I’m reading wrong, PuckPedia has a guy like Kiefer Sherwood as a full-roster player and one of the “23 active-roster contracts” when he has a two-way contract.

Translation: I’m confused.

Does this leave enough room to sign a good forward still on the open market, or are the Avs done spending, based on their current roster? If Avs brass tells me, I’ll relay the information on.

Bottom line: the Avs don’t have a ton of cap space either way. I don’t think the true cap number is $5.1 million, that’s for sure. Even Joe Sakic said the other night that “we’re up against the cap” and was the reason why they couldn’t offer more to a guy like Brandon Saad.

As for Jost, he probably had his best season as a pro in 2021. No, his scoring production wasn’t much again (seven goals, 17 points in 54 games) but his defensive play was excellent (plus-14) and his Corsi for percentage was very good (58.7). He became a better checker and penalty killer.

Hopefully, he can start scoring goals in the double-digit range again. He hasn’t done that since 2018-19. Jost will still be a restricted free agent when this contract is over, though he will be eligible for arbitration when it’s over too. He would then be one year away from being a UFA.

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Here’s more on the signing, from Avs PR:

Jost, 23, skated in 54 of Colorado’s 56 games last season, recording 17 points (7g/10a) with a career-best +14 plus/minus rating.  He ranked fifth on the team in hits (45) and was second in total shorthanded minutes (108:57).  Jost posted a career-high, five-game assist/point streak from April 9-22 and scored a season-high two goals, including the game winner, in the season finale on May 13 vs. Los Angeles to help the Avalanche win the Presidents’ Trophy and Honda West Division title.

The St. Albert, Alberta, native has produced 89 points (39g/50a) in 262 career NHL games and has 10 points (6g/4a) in 40 career Stanley Cup Playoff appearances.  He skated in all 10 of Colorado’s postseason games during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording four points (2g/2a).

“Tyson took a big step last year and was a key contributor to our team.  He has worked hard to improve his game and earn a spot in our lineup,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “Tyson is a guy with a lot of character who competes at a high level day in and day out.  We are excited to have him under contract for another two seasons.”

Prior to turning pro, Tyson Jost played one season for the University of North Dakota, tallying 35 points (16g/19a) in 33 games.  He finished second on the team and third among all National Collegiate Hockey Conference freshmen in points, earning a spot on the NCHC All-Rookie Team.

Before enrolling at North Dakota, Tyson Jost was named the winner of the 2015-16 Vern Dye Memorial Trophy as the British Columbia Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player after tallying 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists) in 48 games for the Penticton Vees.  His 62 assists led the BCHL, while his 104 points ranked third.  Jost’s 2.17 points-per-game average was the highest in the league.

Internationally, Jost represented his country at the IIHF World Championship in 2018 and 2019 and helped Canada capture the silver medal at the 2019 tournament in Slovakia.  The 5-foot-11, 187-pound center helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal/Toronto and captained Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he led the entire tournament with 15 points (6g/9a) in seven games. His 15 points established a Canadian record at that event, surpassing the previous mark set by Connor McDavid (14) in 2013.  Jost was selected as the tournament’s “Best Forward” and was named to the All-Star Team.

 

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idavsfan

Solid contact – Jost’s play did improve greatly last season. My concern is still the Avs lack of size/grit on the blueline.

AD what do you think (assuming there’s still a couple of Million available) the Avs go after someone like Jordie Benn as something like 1yr $1.5-2M?

ricoflashback

He’s not a defenseman like Sam Girard so he isn’t playing with his back to opposing players and defending the puck. I agree that the Avs need more size and grit everywhere but Jost is an excellent penalty killer and he uses his speed well to create penalties and scoring opportunities. Sure, we’d like a steady diet of 20+ goals a year but I’m very happy for him. High motor and nice to see some extra jingle in his pocket.

Yan Girard

Tyson Jost is an excellent center. He must improve again particularly concerning his offense. I am confidence that he finds a solution to contribute more at the offensive for the next season. Many people explain the elimination of the Avs by the lack of size/grit. All the teams would like to have players of height 6.04 with speed, grit and talent. But only some players in NHL have these features. Anyway, that’s not the main reason of the elimination in second round. The Avs isn’t a team that achieves the maturity. The impact players are very few old and must… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Yan Girard
David Chavez

AD, I think this is the end of the spending. You need some flexibility going into the season for “What if.” That extra money also helps if a trade you want to pursue becomes an option. I don’t know that Puckpedia nor CapFriendly have it totally correct with the rosters as they have them. I think Puckpedia is closer to reality at present though. You can go ahead and get started with projecting lineups and looking for paths to improve their playoff performances with what you see. A key question for me is will Bednar change his coaching? I went… Read more »

bhgodlygovt

The issue is neither PuckPedia nor CapFriendly have a great sense of who will actually be on the roster. In my opinion, Stefan Matteau shouldn’t be included on that list, which would mean there is one more spot open with 3.5 million to spend. Now we can debate whether the Avs should get another player or not, but I just don’t think those websites have an accurate grasp of who should actually be included on the roster.

bhgodlygovt

And I don’t know if you saw AD, but I did ask PuckPedia in response to their tweet why Matteau is included on their list. Very interested in what their response would/will be.

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