The Colorado Avalanche 2018-2019 campaign was one filled with its fair share of ups and downs. The team started off as one of the hottest teams in the entire league for the first couple of months then inexplicably dropped to one of the worst for the next three months just to finish up the last month or so of the season as again one of the hottest teams in the NHL. After losing a tough game 7 in the 2nd round of the Stanly Cup Playoffs the franchise is sure to expect to have an even higher finish next season.
These players are not under contract now that this season is over. The Avalanche could still decide to make them an offer to retain their services, but they may also opt not to and let them leave as free agents. *player contracts and salary information is from Capfriendly.
The Avalanche will have to make a decision on these players. Based on how Cale Makar showed in the playoffs for the Avalanche I would think that he is a lock to make the team next season. Connor Timmons is expected to be fully healthy and ready to challenge for a roster spot in camp as well next season. I would expect the Avalanche to consider letting Nemeth go to free agency because of Makar and possibly Timmons coming into the team. I would like to see them retain Derick Brassard if possible but there has not been any word regarding their plans for him.
Restricted Free Agents?
Do the Avalanche have any players who are not currently signed but that they retain the RFA rights on?
These are all players that the Avalanche are able to match any contract offer that they accept from another team if they choose to. I would imagine that the majority of these players will be resigned this summer. The odd man out here could be Sven Andrighetto.
Is there anyone in the draft or free agency etc. that the team might take a look at adding to the team before the start of next season? The Avalanche hold the Ottowa Senators 4th overall pick in the coming NHL Entry draft. That should be a very solid young prospect who potentially could make the roster opening night next season. They also have the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft as well. With roughly 30 million in cap space next season the Avalanche could easily make a big offer or two at a big name free agent or two.
One name that many fans would love to see the Avalanche make a strong offer for is Artemi Panerin. It sounds like the Avalanche will be looking for another top 6 winger as well as potentially some depth in the blue line or a bottom 6 center who is strong on the faceoff and penalty kill.
What would you do?
Let us know what you would like to see the team do this offseason. Do you think we need another top 6 forward? Should they make a trade? Do you think that they should just stand pat and see how the youth develops and how the 4th and 16th overall picks turn out?
Let us know in the comments!