Things did not end how the Colorado Avalanche had hoped. The team came back down three games to one to force a Game seven against Dallas in the 2nd round of the Staley Cup Playoffs. They were one shot away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals. But now they are like the rest of us sitting on the couch watching the final few games of the season.
The Avs organization and Avs fans alike now turn their attention to the offseason, where the team has a handful of cap room to play with. There aren’t many glaring holes for this Avs team, but a couple of big names could be what this team needs to take their game to the next level.
Colorado finished the season on their 3rd string goalie. Not to say that he didn’t play well in the games he played, but all season the main weakness for the Avs was at the goaltending position. Bringing in Braden Holtby would not only improve the team’s biggest weakness, but it would also reunite the duo that won the Washington Capitals the Stanley Cup in 2018.
Holtby, at the age of 31, still has plenty of life left in him. He’s got the name and the track record to back it up. What Holtby would bring to a team like Colorado is a well established NHL goaltender who can and has taken a team all the way. Holtby has a lot of playoff experience under his belt, and to throw him on this Colorado team would make them the favorites in the Central and maybe even the west.
This one goes without saying. Hall is the biggest name on the UFA market, and adding Hall to a Colorado top 6 would be flat out unfair, but it would challenge as the best top 6 forward groups in all of the league.
Pairing him with MacKinnon or Kadri would boost his game for than it ever has, and he would no doubt have a career year his 1st season in the mile-high city if he chooses to go there.
Now I know that this is not the name that most Avs fans would expect to see or even want to see. But if you’re scratching your head saying who the fuck is that guy, then keep reading and let me educate you. He’s 31 years old and has spent the last three seasons with the Florida Panthers. In his three seasons in Florida, he has been a 20 goal scorer all three years. He also has totaled 111 assists in those three seasons. He shouldn’t cost as much as some would seem, and If the Avs lose out on the Taylor Hall sweepstakes, Dadonov isn’t a bad consolation prize.