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from Habs World,
...Undoubtedly the Avalanche would love to trade him, but there aren’t many teams interested in paying $6 million dollars this year for a guy, who statistically may be the worst goaltender in the NHL. The Avalanche has thought of buying him out, but for now have decided to hang onto Theodore to avoid a major cap hit.
Needless to say, when his contract is up at the end of this year, it is safe to say that Theodore will not be able to retain his position as the league’s second highest paid goaltender. To say that he will be staring at a substantial pay cut is an understatement. Whether some team is willing to take the gamble on Theodore remains to be seen.
Any team that signs Theodore from here on in is hoping to strike lightning in a bottle again. And while all signs point to Theodore being unable to regain his MVP winning form, it is wise to remember that even Samson regained his former power, but only when his hair eventually grew back.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
“I think everybody is excited,” general manager Francois Giguere said Thursday. “The players I’ve talked to are energized. I think everybody wants to prove that this team is closer to being the team that we saw in the last 20 or so games last year.”
Giguere indicated he didn’t anticipate any more signings. That would seem to rule out the possibility of bringing back a free agent like Peter Forsberg, who underwent hernia surgery this week and hasn’t said whether he will play in the NHL in 2007-08.
“That doesn’t mean you don’t revisit things moving forward,” Giguere said. “But right now we like the roster and the competition with some of the new guys. We want to give them a chance to have a realistic shot to compete for some jobs.”
One of the more intriguing story lines will involve the competition between goalies Peter Budaj and Jose Theodore.
via the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed defenseman Brett Clark to a two-year contract extension good through the 2009-10 season.
“Brett has been an instrumental part of our team’s overall success,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He’s been a steady, dependable asset to our defensive group and we expect him to be a strong contributor to this club in the coming seasons. Brett’s shown a tremendous amount of perseverance and he’s demonstrated his commitment and dedication to our organization.”
added 5:22pm, Colorado Avalanche link now available…
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
The additions of Smyth and Hannan will more than offset the free-agent losses of center Brett McLean and journeymen defensemen Ken Klee and Patrice Brisebois.
Last spring, the Avs missed the postseason by a single point. I believe the club’s new additions are more than capable of making up that small difference. Come April, Sakic and Co. will be back in familiar territory—the Stanley Cup playoffs.
read on for more about the Avalanche…
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
One thing I said a while ago is that the Avs’ in-game entertainment doesn’t fit their demographic at all. Most people in the stands are either, a) corporate types, mixing business with pleasure in the better seats, b) suburban moms and dads, sometimes with their kids or c) men and women in their mid-20s or early 30s, with a little disposable income.
Why, then, do the decision-makers in the Avs’ game-night entertainment staff act as though the house is full of 17-year-old guys with nose rings and tattoos on their eyelids?
Listen, I grew up loving KISS. I used to have penpals around the country where we’d swap the latest band gossip and bootleg concert tapes. But I didn’t have the cash to go to NHL hockey games all that much. When I did, I didn’t hear KISS on the loudspeakers.
read on and Wings fans, what about the entertainment value at the “Joe”?
from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,
Forsberg and the Avalanche should get together in Denver in the coming season and say a proper goodbye.
One more ride for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere has recently added two critical pieces to the team - forward Ryan Smyth and defenseman Scott Hannan. Only one piece remains missing.
One more Cup for Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg….
The Avalanche should allow Forsberg to dictate the terms of his comeback - as Roger Clemens did - and not rush it. And the Avs could get a break on his salary cap number. How about $3 mil for half a season? One more look, and Forsberg will pay for himself. The deal makes dollars and sense.
via the Denver Post,
Here is the breakdown of the five-year contract signed by Ryan Smyth with the Avalanche on Sunday:
Smyth will make a base salary of $5 million this season, and he received an additional $2.5 million signing bonus. His salary for the following four years will be $7.25 million, $6.5 million, $5.5 million and $4.5 million. His averaged salary cap number for the full term is $6.25 million.
First I have heard of a player receiving a signing bonus, not sure if this would be the proper term? CBA experts feel free to chime in…
via the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the re-signing of forward Marek Svatos to a one-year deal.
“We are looking for Marek to regain his rookie season scoring touch and heroics,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He has tremendous skills and is part of a group of young players ready to make a significant impact on the success of our team.”
Updated 3:36pm ET:Avalanche Press Release
from the Denver Post,
Joe Sakic does not want the added position of “recruiter” to his official one of center with the Avalanche. The way the Avs captain sees it, he didn’t have to do much to help sell Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan on the benefits of joining the team.
“There’s not much (need) when it comes to Colorado,” Sakic said from his offseason home in British Columbia. “It’s a great place to play, and I don’t think I had to tell them too much.”...
“I love our chances right away now,” Sakic said. “Both guys are really good players. I think everybody can’t wait to get training camp started.”
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
On the day the Avalanche brought their newest signees to town and went through the obligatory jersey-and-hat presentations in front of the cameras and microphones, team officials even said that some of the fans who finally had realized that season tickets no longer were the only way to get in the building and couldn’t sell themselves on the huge expenditure called in Monday and asked if they could get their seats back.
At this point, at least in Denver, it’s about perception.
“They’re both looking for a Stanley Cup and we’re looking for another one,” Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere said of Smyth and Hannan.
The risk, as with most of the high-profile deals announced Monday, isn’t so much tied to the expenditures, but the commitments.
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