This has been one of the busiest days in Colorado Avalanche history. On this day alone, the first day of free agency in 2014, Paul Stastny left, the team signed Jarome Iginla, traded a pair of draft picks to the San Jose Sharks for defenseman Brad Stuart, and now has signed four more free agents, namely Zach Redmond, Jesse Winchester, Ben Street and Bruno Gervais. One might forget that just yesterday the team traded away P.A. Parenteau for Daniel Briere. Amidst all of the action in the last 36 hours, the team has seen two players leave and has acquired seven others. Training camp this year is going to be crowded.
At first glance, one might think Colorado forgot about that thing commonly referred to as the salary cap, but all these signings do actually work. The four most recent additions are players whose market value was not very high. All four of them combined will make less than Jarome Iginla alone next season. That is not to say that they aren't going to be valuable contributors, though. Remember last year when the Avalanche signed Andre Benoit, Nick Holden and Nate Guenin while overhauling the defense? That worked out pretty well, and no one in Colorado knew who any of those guys were before they joined the Avalanche. This front office led by Joe Sakic has shown a knack for finding excellent value when supplementing the roster, and there's no reason to doubt them at this point.
With all of the dust from the last two days settling, it is clear that the Colorado Avalanche organization is making a tremendous effort to improve the team in any way they can. With more players coming in than going out, they won't all be able to make the opening day roster. But the team now has plenty of assets at their disposal from which to put the best team on the ice that they possibly can. They still have the young core of emerging stars of course, but now they also have a considerable group of highly experienced veterans who are quite talented themselves. The Avalanche are gearing up to show that they belong with the powerhouses of the Western Conference.Tags: Andre Benoit, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Daniel Briere, Hockey, Jarome Iginla, Joe Sakic, Nate Guenin, NHL, Nick Holden, P.A. Parenteau, Paul Stastny