I hope that no one has forgotten that this blog is STILL about the Colorado Avalanche. But of course, since the only thing to talk about is the draft, I figure that can wait until after the Finals.
The Avalanche have made a few signings over the past few weeks:
Jaroslav Hlinka: According to the Avalanche website and various others, he's 30-years-old, and a 5-10 185 pound playmaker who was the best player in the Czech League last year.
-He sounds like an insurance policy in case Tyler Arnason has a terrible year or if Svatos continues to struggle. The Avs certainly don't need anyone else who can set up goals, but he could be good on the third or fourth line if he is defensively responsible.
Jordan Leopold: The Avs need a top defensive pair and I truly believe Leopold can be part of it. Last year was a disaster, as he was injured for almost all of it, but hopefully he can rebound and make this one suscessful.
Kurt Sauer: I'm not crazy about it, even though Sauer played well towards the end of the season. The Avs have other guys who I can see filling his spot. Cumiskey being one of them. I was completely impressed with Cumiskey last year and hope he'll be given a bigger role this season.
Jeff Finger: How can you not be crazy about a guy named Finger? After his first two games, he looked like he was comfortable on the blueline and became a force near the end of the season. Very responsible and definitely has the capability of becoming a second or third defender, if not better. Last season, he played in 22 games and had a +10 rating. Not bad!
David Jones: I'll admit I don't know much about him, but according to the Colorado Avalanche website he was a unanimous selection for Ivy League Player of the Year and is a right winger, which will help with depth. More info to come as I learn more about him.
The Avalanche defense certainly needs to be stronger and these signings indicate that. Currently, here are the ines I would like to see be the guys:
Last year, Quenville went to a seven guy system, and these are the ones who should be in this year. I think all Colorado fans are sick of Sauer and Breisbois, and hopefully, Breisbois is out of town by the start of the season.
Look out for the Avs to make a big move in free agency, possibly Sheldon Souray.
Stanley Cup Game 3 Preview coming up.