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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.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
If I were Giguere, I’d really look hard for a third-line center, a guy who can play some defense, a guy with speed. Is Mike Peca a little long in the tooth for such a role? Perhaps. But he’s a guy I might think about pretty hard. He played in the Cup Finals just two years ago with the Oilers, and he’s got talent. The problem is, he’s getting older and he’s hurt a lot.
But I definitely think the time has come to dump Tyler Arnason from a third-line role, and just get a guy in there who wants to check and play good defense. The Avs need a shutdown, checking line, period.
Stephane Yelle is also going to be available. Does Yeller still have something left in the tank? I think he could give the Avs a good year, for sure.
more on the Avs…
From Bob McKenzie at TSN:
Scratch defenceman John-Michael Liles from the list of available free agents.
Sources tell TSN that Liles and the Colorado Avalanche have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth an average of slightly more than $4 million per year.
Update 10:50pm ET: TSN’s link has been updated to include Adam Foote’s signing,
Sources tell TSN Foote’s deal is believed to be for two years and a total of $6 million, or $3 million per year.
*thanks to Shane in the comments for pointing out the update
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
Keep in mind a couple things: 1, I don’t know what the Avs’ exact offer was/is to Theodore before talks broke off and 2, it’s pro sports, where everybody wants the most money they can get while they can get it - and I’m sure I’d be the same way if I was a pro athlete.
But, let’s face it: If the Avs made anywhere near a fair, market-value offer to retain his services, but Theodore turned it down thinking he could get a little more from someone else, then my attitude if I was Francois Giguere would be: don’t let the door hit your padded backside on the way out, Jose.
You have to wonder if there is a market for Theodore right now.
from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
Contract talks between the Avalanche and Jose Theodore haven’t necessarily broken down, but the parties have hit a snag in their discussions.
Theodore’s agent, Don Meehan, said Thursday that the 31-year-old goalie probably would enter the NHL’s open market on July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.
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