NHL Free Agency 2012: Why the Colorado Avalanche Must Hold Nothing Back

July 3rd, 2012 by John Spina Leave a reply »
The Colorado Avalanche are a long way from their dynastic days in the late '90s and early 2000s, when they were perennial Stanley cup contenders. 

Ever since the lockout in 2005, the Avalanche have struggled to regain their swagger, and have only made the playoffs twice.  While the team’s record has shrunk to one of the worst in the NHL over the last couple of years, they have done a great job of rebuilding and look to have a very young and incredibly talented squad for years to come. 

Last season, the Avs barley missed the playoffs, being edged out by the LA Kings in the last few games. However, by adding a few veteran players through free agency this offseason, the team could return to their glory days and make a run at Lord Stanley’s cup.

Colorado already have a very talented team. That being said, very few of these players have playoff experience and many are still evolving their game in the NHL.  Nine of the team’s top ten point scorers are under the age of 28, including Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly, who are all 21 or younger. 

There is an immense amount of potenti ...

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