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T.O.Bombinators
06-01-2009, 11:46 PM
This might sound funny coming from a guy whose nickname among some with the Avalanche over the years has been "Doom and Gloom," but all is not doomed and gloomy with our beloved Avs.

OK, so Patrick Roy left them standing at the altar last week and, yeah, Joe Sakic might retire and, all right, they have a bit of a bloated payroll with little salary cap room and no goalie signed for next season. Fair enough. (Is it too late to change the premise of this column?)

But seriously, folks, all is not lost in Avs-land. Let's count some blessings here, starting with the fact the Avalanche is going to get a stud player in the NHL draft later this month.

Every scout out there says the Avs can't go wrong with John Tavares, Victor Hedman or Matt Duchene with their No. 3 pick. Lots of scouts say any of the three could have been a No. 1 overall pick in some recent drafts.

Most experts believe the top three will be, in order, Tavares-Hedman- Duchene, which, if it happens, means the Avs would have a top-two center combination of Paul Stastny and Duchene for probably at least the next five to 10 years. That wouldn't be bad at all.

Lots of people look at the Avs' defense and see an old, slow, overpaid group and that's arguably true. But help is on the way there too.

Former first-round pick Kevin Shattenkirk had a great season for NCAA champion Boston University, and many see him as a future star on the Avs' blue line. Former major-junior defenseman Cameron Gaunce just signed a pro contract with Colorado, and lots of people are excited about him as well.

Now we come to the goalie position and, yes, there is worry there.

Peter Budaj is unsigned, and it would be a mistake to entrust the No. 1 job to him again. There will be some decent goalies available on the free-agent market (Ty Conklin, Manny Legace, Nikolai Khabibulin), but the Avs don't have a lot of flexibility with their payroll. But there's probably enough to afford Conklin, whose agent, Kurt Overhardt, is based in Denver.

And, there's still a chance that Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson could choose the Avs from the short list of teams he's considering signing with. Roy's jilting of the Avs probably won't help that cause, but Peter Forsberg could be enlisted to talk him into choosing Colorado, and Foppa's advice can't hurt.

Plus, Roy still could walk through that door at some point. http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_12491834

avsman05
06-02-2009, 09:11 PM
I hope we can pick up that swed he looks like a stud goalie and Dechesne imo will probably fair better than Taveras.

T.O.Bombinators
06-03-2009, 12:18 AM
im pretty pumped for duchene..he has hedman and tavares ahead of him so he has no pressure and all 3 are solid no.1 picks if they were in different drafts

avsman05
06-03-2009, 12:28 AM
im pretty pumped for duchene..he has hedman and tavares ahead of him so he has no pressure and all 3 are solid no.1 picks if they were in different drafts

Ya definately he's been further in the playoffs too. cant wait til 09-10 to start maybe we will get to 70 this year lol.

IBleedPurple
06-03-2009, 01:08 PM
I am really hoping for Duchene also. He really stepped it up in the playoffs, and is a dynamic scorer.

If we get Duchene & "Monster", I'd be quite a bit more optimistic about next season, although I realize we won't be the Red Wings.

ErickKelly26
06-20-2009, 08:31 PM
Hopefully "The Monster" signs with the avs. And its looking good for Matt Duchene. I can see him in an avalanche jersey.

tnigro77
06-20-2009, 09:39 PM
I am really hoping for Duchene also. He really stepped it up in the playoffs, and is a dynamic scorer.

If we get Duchene & "Monster", I'd be quite a bit more optimistic about next season, although I realize we won't be the Red Wings.

yea id be pumped and its pretty realistic.