The Colorado Avalanche have been quiet to start their offseason, but it appears one of their restricted free agents has taken one thing off their plate already.
Ranta, 22, has spent the majority of the last two seasons with the Colorado Eagles, picking up 43 points in 110 games. In 16 NHL games, he has failed to pick up a point with the Avalanche. His NHL stints have not lasted long, mostly due to issues in the defensive zone. He did look better in his callups this year, but failed to stay with the team.
The Avalanche can still choose to qualify Ranta and keep his rights until he’s 27 years old. It’s the wise thing to do, as they always can attempt to bring him back to North America if he really develops.
Stay tuned to CHN as news starts to trickle in this offseason.