WooHoo! That pretty much sums it for Avs fans.
Lets start with the news we all learned just a few minutes ago.
Ryan Smyth signs with the Colorado Avalanche!
The No Movement Clause scares me a little bit, but Smyth fills in the left wing sport on what will now become the Smyth-Stastny-Hejduk line. Props to Francois Gigure for getting him at a borderline price, but seemingly putting the Avs back into the elite club in the Western Conference.
Scott Hannan Joins the Avs!
Another great move on an exciting first day of free agency. The Avs get their defensive defenseman and we took him away from the Sharks, who literally "took a bite" out of our Playoff chances last year.
So where does this put the Avs?
First of all, we addressed our main concern of getting a reliable defensive guy. Hannan has been solid over the past few years for the Sharks and will come into Colorado as a top line defeseman most likely.
Smyth is a huge move that not only gives us a man in front of the net, but another leader who will help promote the hard work our team put in last season. He was easily a Top 3 or 4 free agent and we got him. Ryan Smyth is now an Av. Celebrate.
This elevates us from a Playoff team to a Stanley Cup team. Think I'm going overboard? I'm not. Look at the Avalanche core:
Sakic, Hejduk, Brunette, Stastny, Smyth, Wolski, Liles, Hannan, Leopold, Arnason, Lappy, Budaj, etc.
That's a dangerously impressive group.
I was thinking back to 2004 when we got both Selanne and Kariya and was thinking about whether or not this could be a repeat of that season. But don't fret. If all goes according to plan, the Avs will be bring home their third Cup next June. Enjoy it.
3 months to go...