In what has been the biggest couple weeks of the offseason, the Colorado Avalanche have announced the signings of Chris Stewart and Peter Mueller.
While there was never much doubt that these two would eventually be signed (they’re RFAs, after all) it did take a lot longer than I expected. With training camp starting on Saturday, the front office didn’t really give themselves a lot of breathing room. Still, in my opinion, we got a lot of bang for our buck. Both players got two-year deals. Stewart will be making $5.75 million on his contract, and Mueller will be making $4 million on his.
These two players will be essential to our future as we continue to rebuild with our young guns. If Mueller can continue his pace, he may end up leading the Avs in scoring this year (unless Duchene or Stastny have anything to say about that) and I think this year will be the year Stewart breaks the 30-goal plateau.
With these two signings, the Avalanche now have all the pieces we should expect as they head into the season. Who actually makes the roster remains to be seen, depending on who steps up in training camp, but expect to see mostly the same team we fell in love with last year, minus some of the dead weight, and adding another rookie or two on the blue-line.
Keep an eye out for potential rookies like Kevin Shattenkirk and Cameron Gaunce, our first overall picks in the 2007 and 2008 Entry drafts, respectively.
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