3 Colorado Avalanche players who won’t be on the team next season

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The Colorado Avalanche will look a little bit different next year. While they will still have their core intact with Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen, Devon Toews, etc., there are bound to be some departures.

Unfortunately, some players stay for a short period of time. Others have the opportunity to stay for quite a while. Either way, the end goal is the same for them all: to win a Stanley Cup.

Some player join other teams in a last ditch effort to get the Stanley Cup. That’s the case for our first player on the list of players who won’t be with the Colorado Avalanche in 2024-25.

Zach Parise

Zach Parise joined the Colorado Avalanche in the middle of the 2023-24 season and I will say that I was wrong about his potential impact with the team when news first broke of his signing. I thought that he would not fit in because of his age.

Thankfully, he proved me wrong. Although four goals and five assists for nine points in 23 games isn’t anything absolutely spectacular, he has still helped the Avalanche and will continue to help the Avalanche into the 2023-24 NHL postseason.

Over his career before joining the Avalanche, Parise played the Avs 51 times, scoring 19 goals and assisting on 27 goals, as well as six power play goals and two game-winning goals. He had a plus-minus of +14,

Playing for the Minnesota Wild for so long, it’s natural for Colorado Avalanche fans to dislike Parise while he was an enemy. It’s pretty neat that he chose to come to a former rival of his following recovery from injury. I know, maybe he didn’t get a strong offer, which makes sense given his age; maybe he wanted what he felt was the best chance to win a Stanley Cup.

Regardless of his reasons to join the Avalanche, Avs fans thank him for what he has done. This chapter isn’t over at this very moment—this sounds like a goodbye write-up—but once the Avalanche’s season comes to an end, so will Parise’s career. It would have been cool if Parise joined the Avalanche several years ago—he would have won a cup already.

If he and the Avalanche win it all this year, he can add that to his incredible career.

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