Colorado Avalanche Fans Just Need to Relax

DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 23: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche plays the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center on January 23, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - JANUARY 23: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche plays the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center on January 23, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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To all of the Colorado Avalanche Fans, I have a very special word for you… Relax!!!

The Colorado Avalanche have gone through a tough stretch and are in danger of falling out of a playoff spot. I, among others have written a few articles about what might be going wrong in the short-term. However, the farther I look into the future, the happier I become.

Normally, I am a glass half empty kind of guy. But when looking upon the Colorado Avalanche roster and the amount of cap space we’ll have, I have nothing but excitement about the future.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I understand we are in the here and now, and I, for one, want nothing less than another trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But as we know, this team has had a tough  couple of months and the playoffs seem to be slipping out of our hands. We may very well right the ship and have another playoff run, however it’s not the end of the world if we don’t.

I’m aware our goaltending situation is very shaky at the moment, but there are many goalies hitting the open market this summer. Sergei Bobrovsky, Mike Smith and Jimmy Howard lead the list with the first of the trio being a superstar. If you don’t like that list Braden Holtby headlines the list of free agents in 2020.

The Colorado Avalanche’s goalie situation may figure itself out, but if it doesn’t there are more than qualified goalies the Avalanche can add without trading any valuable piece they currently posses.

The most valuable of pieces may be the unknown, referring to Ottawa’s first round pick this year. The Avs could get the likes of Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko. If we miss out on one of them, we will still receive a very highly touted prospect more than likely in the top 5 of the draft.

That pick will go along with the likes of Cale Makar, Connor Timmins, Shane Bowers, and Martin Kaut among others.

Worst case scenario we still have Tyson Barrie, Sam Girard, Nikita Zadorov and Erik Johnson on defense. That’s assuming none of the four are dealt.

Players like Alexander Kerfoot, J.T. Compher and Tyson Jost will only improve.

The Avalanche have the third most cap space heading into the 2019-2020 free agency period according to CapFriendly. As of right now, Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Jeff Skinner, Artemi Panarin, Jordan Eberle and Joe Pavelski are unrestricted free agents come July, 1, 2019. Colorado has room to pay one of them.

The Avalanche have so much to look forward to in the next year or so, as their roster can pan out in about a million different ways. The Avs are in the driver’s seat of their own future and the best has yet to come.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, 29, 92 and 96 aren’t going anywhere.

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So, just relax, Avs fans.