One dream, one realistic, and one bargain player Colorado Avalanche can sign in NHL free agency

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1 realistic player the Colorado Avalanche could sign in free agency: Daniel Sprong, DET

If the Colorado Avalanche are able to re-sign Drouin, adding a top forward from another team becomes less of a priority. However, they can still add to their bottom-six. Daniel Sprong of the Detroit Red Wings could be of interest to them.

Sprong has played for several teams, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals, Seattle Kraken, and the Red Wings. He has been fairly productive, especially during the last two seasons in which he played in 142 games, and had 39 goals and 50 assists.

When it comes to adding onto a lower line, you’re not looking for a player to score 40 goals. I think that Sprong could be a nice rental player for the Colorado Avalanche as they get through some difficulties that will happen in the upcoming season regarding the salary cap.

Signing Sprong to a one-year deal would be the move here with flexibility to sign him again in the 2025 free agency period if he does well enough. The thinking is that he would be a short-term solution for this team. That’s what the Avalanche kind of have to do right now. It’s up to Sprong or any other player they target to decide whether or not that’s what they want in 2024-25.