Now how many of you believe that if the NHL wasnt going to be figuring out a new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) next season that the Avs would be signing guys to more then 1 year deals?
The way it stands now according to Capgeek.com, the Avs have 23 guys signed to contracts this year, and 17 of those guys are either on their last year of current contracts or signed this year to 1 year deals. The three longest contracts belong to Paul Stastny-3 years, Jan Hejda-4 years and Semyon Varlamov-3 years.
So is Greg Sherman just covering his butt in case there is a lockout in the 2012-2013 season? I believe so. Who knows what could happen that season.
As is stands for the 2012-2013 season, there are 8 roster guys that will become RFA’s, they are;
Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly, Peter Mueller, Kevin Porter, T.J. Galiardi, Erik Johnson, Kyle Quincey and Ryan Wilson
As for UFA’s for that season, it looks like this
Milan Hejduk, David Jones, Jay McClement,Cody McLeod, Daniel Winnik,Brandon Yip, Joakim Lindstrom, Matt Hunwick and Shane O’Brien.
If we thought the Avs are having a busy Off-season this year, its going to be 10 fold next season…. Pending a new CBA that is.
Here’s a look at the players that the Avs have signed since July 1st
Goaltenders- Semyon Varlamov, J.S. Giguere, Cedrik Desjardins
Forwards- Chuck Kobasew, Patrick Rissmiller,Evan Brophey
Defense- Jan Hejda, Shane O’Brien
I believe the Avs will be adding only one more piece to the puzzle this off-season by signing 2011 1st rounder Gabriel Landeskog. Signing Landeskog to a rookie contract with bonuses will bring the Avs to the Cap Floor this season and add a much needed missing piece to the Avs Lineup since Sherman traded Stewart away.
I conclude by saying that this year in camp the 2 bottom lines are really going to have to work for a spot on the Avs roster. With the signings and young prospects coming up through the system, no one has a secure job on the 3rd and 4th lines. Expect to see a few of last year roster players placed in the minors.
As for what i believe the Avs line-up at the start of the season will look like, i have no idea. Its all going to depend on training camp now.
Thanks for reading,