Mid Summer Report: Colorado Avalanche

download (18)By Wayne Hallee @waynehallee9 at thehockeynuts.com
As we enter the dog days of summer, activity around the NHL slows down.  Most of the big-name free agents are off the board, and everyone is enjoying some much needed time off before everything heats up in the fall.  During this time, we are taking a look at all 30 teams to see where they are and what they still need to do.  Today, we look at the

Last Season’s Finish:  39-39-4, 82 pts, 6th in the Central Division, missed the playoffs

Key Arrivals:

  • F Rocco Grimaldi (Trade)
  • F Turner Elson (UFA)
  • D Patrick Wiercioch (UFA)
  • F Joe Colborne (UFA)
  • D Fedor Tyutin (UFA)

Key Departures:

  • D Nick Holden (NY Rangers)
  • F Shawn Matthias (Winnipeg)
  • D Zach Redmond (Montreal)
  • F Mikkel Boedker (San Jose)
  • D Andrew Bodnarchuk (Dallas)
  • D Nate Guenin (Anaheim)
  • D Brandon Gormley (New Jersey)

Breakthrough Candidates:

  • F Rocco Grimaldi
  • D Nikita Zadorov
  • D Chris Bigras

Unsigned RFA’s (as of 8/13)

  • None

Current Cap Situation as of 8/13/16(source: generalfanager.com)

  • League salary ceiling: $73,000,000
  • League salary floor: $54,000,000
  • Current salary cap hit: $72,040,593
  • Current salary cap space: $959,407

 

Expected active roster

Forwards
Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Jarome Iginla, Carl Soderberg, Joe Colborne, Blake Comeau, John Mitchell, Cody McLeod, Mikhail Grigorenko, Rocco Grimaldi, Andreas Martinsen, Turner Elson
Defensemen
Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie, Francois Beauchemin, Fedor Tyutin, Eric Gelinas, Nikita Zadorov, Chris Bigras, Patrick Wiercioch
Goalies
Semyon Varlamov, Calvin Pickard

 

Outlook:

 

Colorado’s summer had been relatively quiet.  Sure, their list of players coming and going is fairly long, but all of the changes were to the bottom two lines and their AHL affiliate in San Antonio.  But, on Thursday, August 11, their quiet summer became a wild summer, when Head Coach/VP of Player Operations,  Patrick Roy Suddenly resigned effective immediately.  Roy sited differences in the direction of the team that he and Ownership/Management had as the reason for his decision. This resignation leaves the team scrambling to find a coach when training camp is less than a month away.    Even without Roy’s resignation, it was going to be a difficult road ahead for the Avalanche this upcoming season.  Colorado finished out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season last season, and they effectively did nothing to improve the team through free agency.  Their top pick in this year’s draft, Tyson Jost, is just entering his freshman season at North Dakota, so his arrival in Colorado is years away.  So, this season looks to be a continuation of the rebuilding that has gone on in the last few years.