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via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,.
I wouldn’t be shocked to see Nikolai Khabibulin become an Av at some point. No, probably not before the season. But come trade deadline time - if Huet is playing well in Chicago and Peter Budaj isn’t here - I think it will be an easy call that the Avs would be among the highest bidders for his services.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post at All Things Avs,
Don Meehan, the agent for former Avs goalie Jose Theodore and current left winger Ryan Smyth, is one of the good guys in the business….
Today, I spoke with him on the phone about the situation that went down with Theodore and the Avs….
As Meehan said, “Both sides were in a position to make the choices they made. And that’s what happened. I don’t think there’s anybody “at fault” here. It’s just what both parties decided was in their best interest.”
True enough. It’s nothing personal, just business. I know that, and am not trying to take sides. I just personally still find it weird at how the whole thing ended.
via press release:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free-agent defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist to a one-year contract.
Tjarnqvist, 31, has appeared in 315 NHL contests with Atlanta, Minnesota and Edmonton before playing last season in the Russian hockey league. The 6-2, 195-pound native of Umea, Sweden was drafted 88th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 1995 NHL draft.
“Daniel Tjarnqvist is an experienced defenseman who provides us greater depth on our blueline,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed restricted free-agent forward Wojtek Wolski to a two-year contract.
“Wojtek is definitely part of the elite young group of players establishing themselves in the league. Therefore, we feel very strongly that he is important to the future success of our club,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “We’ve been pleased with his development at the NHL level and we expect him to be a big contributor to our team.”
Adrian Dater at All Things Avs in the Denver Post:
I should have written last night that the Avs might go after Darcy Tucker. I was going to do that, but somehow screwed up and forgot to do it. Oh well. He’s an Av, by the way, signing a two-year deal.
From TSN (no link yet available):
Darcy Tucker has agreed to a two year deal with the Colorado Avalanche worth $4.5 million.
Update 4:06pm ET: TSN link.
From TSN (link not yet available):
Sources tell TSN Andrew Raycroft has agreed to a 1 year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Details to follow.
3:27pm ET: TSN reporting the deal is for $800,000 for the one year.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forward Per Ledin to a one-year contract.
Ledin, 29, spent this past season with HV 71 Jonkoping of the Swedish Elite League, where he tallied 33 points (16g/17a) and 137 penalty minutes in 52 games. The left winger finished third on the team in penalty minutes, fifth in goals and sixth in points. He also appeared in all 17 playoff games for Jonkoping, which captured the league title.
“Per Ledin will add a different dimension to our team,” said Avalanche Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet. “We believe his gritty style of play will benefit our club in the upcoming 2008-09 season.”
from Adrain Dater of All Things Avs,
I have to agree with Giguere when he said he thinks his defense stacks up with the top 5 teams in the league. Clark, Hannan, Foote, Salei, Liles and Leopold is a pretty nice sixpack of D. It’s got two tough, nasty types (Foote, Salei), two reasonably strong, position types (Hannan and Leopold) and two offensive puck-movers (Clark and Liles).
Now, about the goaltending: I’m worried. Sorry, I’m just not a huge Budaj guy. He’s a nice kid who has done some good things. But he’s just got a lot more proving to do to me.
from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
Giguere expects at least two of the Avalanche’s free agents, forward Andrew Brunette and defenseman Kurt Sauer, to sign with other teams. He hasn’t been able re-sign goalie Jose Theodore and defenseman Jeff Finger, and they’ll also become unrestricted free agents.
“One of the luxuries that we have, I think in Peter Budaj we have a very capable goaltender,” Giguere said. “We know that we have an insurance policy that we felt pretty comfortable about. We’re not going to overpay, in our mind, to (re-sign Theodore).
“We would like to get another goaltender of quality to come in. I imagine the scenario would be that Peter and another guy would come in, but I would think Peter would be the guy kind of with the reins. But we wouldn’t mind if there’s a challenge there.”
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