Colorado Avalanche: Buyer Beware July 1st

June 24th, 2010 by James Crider Leave a reply »
With the salary cap officially raised to 59.4 million dollars for the 2010-2011 NHL season, the Avalanche currently have a mammoth 28 million in cap space. However, with such a shallow free agent pool July 1st (which became even shallower today ), most player come with a big "buyer beware" sign attached to them.

Historically, players get over-hyped once they become a free agent. Two years ago, the Blackhawks made Brian Campbell the second highest paid defenseman in the league after he was coming off of his first—and only—star caliber season. They also made Christobal Huet—who still has yet to win 30 games in a season—the eighth-highest paid goaltender in the league. Paying over $12 million annually has led to more impactful players being shown the door .

The Hawks aren't the only team that has been guilty of this.

When discussion the subject of mismanagement, it's hard for one to overlook Glen Sather's wizardry with the New York Rangers. Granted, sometimes he can trade his way out of boneheaded signings , but I don't think that fact helps Ranger fans sleep any better at night, given that every summer Sather finds a way ...

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