Avalanche Wrap-Up: Early Look at Free Agent Options, Need For Second Line Center
It was the first week of the off-season for the Colorado Avalanche, and things were quiet, as you would expect.
We were told that an official injury report was coming, but nothing has been sent our way. At this point, I’d just assume that’s not happening. The Avalanche are probably the only team in the NHL that doesn’t do exit interviews a few days after the season ends. The only chance we get to talk to potential free agents is immediately after the last game ends, which isn’t exactly the best time to get an answer that doesn’t have some emotion behind it. It is what it is, but we still managed to dig up something on an injured Avalanche player.
Last week, we took a look at what free agents in a weak class might fit in Colorado, why second line center can’t be ignored another year, and more.
Here’s a look back at what you might have missed, as well as a look ahead at what’s coming at CHN this week.
The dust had barely settled on the Avalanche season, but one thing was very clear – the Avalanche cannot ignore second line center for another year if they want to be a contender.
Jared Bednar went on the radio and gave an update on a few players, including Gabriel Landeskog. Some people have read it as Landeskog pondering his career, but to me, it just sounds like he’s deciding on what type of treatment is needed for him to get back on the ice, whenever that may be.
A very early look at what free agents might fit in Colorado. Is Jonathan Drouin a good option to take a chance on for cheap? Is Jonathan Toews an option to help down the middle?
Handing out player grades for the postseason. (+)
Mikko Rantanen wants to keep playing, as he’s headed to Finland to play for his home country in the World Championships.
Artturi Lehkonen is not, as he’s suffered a broken toe in the playoffs.
Our season in review series started, looking back at Alexandar Georgiev. For the first time in a few years, the Avalanche don’t have to worry about finding a starting goaltender in the off-season.
Cale Makar was nominated for the Norris Trophy for the third consecutive season.
Another edition of the mailbag, including: Is Devon Toews a trade option if the Avalanche can’t come to an agreement on a contract extension with him?
Season in review rolls on, looking at Logan O’Connor. A valuable depth player who was asked to do too much this season.
Looking back at the trade deadline moves by Chris MacFarland and assessing how they did.
A Look Ahead to Next Week
- Season in Review series rolls on
- The Avalanche have 8 pending unrestricted free agents. Who should they look to keep?
- Who is trade bait? And who can the Avalanche potentially target in a trade?
- The return of film room’s.
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