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

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Jack Johnson

Similar to Parise, unfortunately age catches up to everyone. Though a cheap option on the defensive side, Jack Johnson is 37 years old with his contract expiring at the end of the 2023-24 NHL season. I believe that his time with the Colorado Avalanche is going to come to an end.

Johnson signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in August of 2022, after winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. He was then traded back to the Avalanche in February of 2023. He was absolutely welcomed back with open arms.

Johnson was the third overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. As many NHL players, Johnson never played for the team that drafted him. He went on to play for the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers before his tenure with the Avalanche (and then the Blackhawks).

The Avalanche have a player or two waiting in the wings to take over for Johnson.

Throughout his career, he played in 1,180 games, scoring 77 goals and 258 assists. He has done very well with the Avalanche and I feel like he fit in tremendously.