Colorado Avalanche: Chris Stewart, Peter Mueller Remain Unsigned

August 31st, 2010 by James Crider Leave a reply »
Despite the fact that there are only three weeks until the start of Avalanche training camp, key forwards Chris Stewart and Peter Mueller remain without contracts.

Everyone knew coming into the offseason that Colorado wouldn't be big spenders, but no one expected them to be penny pinching with their own players, especially when they currently have the most salary cap space in the entire NHL.

But Avalanche management isn't alone in their conservative negotiating with young RFAs. Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks, Marc Staal of the New York Rangers, and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens are just a few other high profile restricted free agents who remain without contracts to start the month of September.

Topping the list of reasons this league-wide anomaly is occurring rests on the hiring of a new executive director for the NHL Players Association, and right now the leading candidate is Donald Fehr.

For those not familiar with Fehr, he's the former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (1986-2009), who's career highlights include the cancellation of the 1994 World Series after he lead the MLBPA on a strike ...

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