It is officially Avalanche season and prepare yourselves folks, it's gonna be a long one. Name me another team that could be without Mikko Rantanen, Cale Makar, Nazem Kadri, Matt Calvert, Colin Wilson and starting goaltender (Gruby) and STILL keep rolling through the league... Don't worry i'll wait...
Sure it was the lowly and I mean LOWLY Detroit Redwings, but ask Leafs fans what it takes to coax a win out of Michael Hutchinson this season.
Pavel Francous has stepped into the net since Philipp Grubauer went down and been simply lights out, going 6-0-1 in his 7 starts while looking like yet another steal for Joe Sakic at 2 million per year over the next 2 seasons. Seriously, what can't Super Joe do?
Plenty of people went after the Avalanche for "playing it safe" at the deadline and not acquiring a big name or at least some help in net (Hutchinson?!?!).. But what these "experts" failed to take in to account was the fact that the Avalanche will at some point be adding 2 top 6 forwards in Rantanen and Kadri, grinder Matt Calvert and their NUMBER 1 goalie to a group that is already firmly entrenched as a STANLEY CUP CONTENDER. Besides adding another versatile winger in Namestnikov (for a 4th?? Thanks again Ottawa) There was absolutely no reason to lose a year of top draft picks or mess with the chemistry in the room by shipping out a Tyson Jost or Sam Girard for 20+ games of Chris Kreider or Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
With an MVP candidate (Mackinnon), a Rookie of the Year candidate (Makar), an elite group of players under (VERY GOOD) contracts for the next few years (Kadri, Landeskog, Rantanen, Girard, Johnson), as well as one of if not the best group of prospects in the league coming up, not to mention another first round pick at the 2020 draft (who is projected to go 31st anyway?)... The future looks EXTREMELY bright for the Avalanche to be in the hunt for Lord Stanley's cup for quite some time.
Bundle up and take cover NHL... Avalanche season is upon us!