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Colorado gives Hunwick a two-year, $3.2 million extension

Jun 8, 2012, 8:12 AM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche have been busy lately. They kicked off the week by re-signing Cody McLeod to a three-year, $3.5 million deal. On Thursday they opened their wallet again to ink David Jones to a four-year, $16 million extension.

Now they’ve also come to terms with defenseman Matt Hunwick, who has signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract. Hunwick would have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Hunwick had 27 points and a plus-15 rating in 51 games with Boston in 2008-09, but he’s never been able to replicate that success. He was listed as a healthy scratch for a large chunk of the Colorado Avalanche’s campaign, but he did play regularly in the final quarter of the season. He finished 2011-12 with six points in 33 games.

Colorado still has a lot more work to do this off-season. They have a ton of players scheduled to become restricted free agents, including Matt Duchene, Peter Mueller, Steve Downie, and Erik Johnson. That being said, the Avalanche also have plenty of cap space to work with. If anything, reaching the cap floor might be an issue for Colorado.

  1. polegojim - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Whitesnake… kindof… Here They Go Again…

    In typical Rockies…er…. Avs fashion, considerable time and resources is invested signing non-performing, weak players like Hunwick.

    Someone has to play on the 4th line… and the Avs appear determined to fill it nicely.
    As a matter of fact, they’re very fortunate that many who play on their 2nd and 3rd lines would also fit VERY nicely on the fourth…

    Mr. Sherman is again leaving Avs fans COMPLETELY underwhelmed with his moves and inability to fulfill his promise of returning the Avs to former success.

    Sadly, this Truth Hurts…

  2. danphipps01 - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    It’s seemed like they’ve been running at least two fourth lines, if not worse, for a long time now. Their D-corps looks horrible. What the hell happened? They can’t just draft their way out of the abyss like Pittsburgh or Chicago?

    • polegojim - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Exactly! Here’s what happened:

      Pierre Lacroix accepted a promotion and stopped being active in operations
      Promoting his son Eric to Dir of Hockey Ops – gag
      Giguere as GM – weak
      Granato as HC.. not only once, but TWICE – weak x2
      Ridiculous chase of Forsberg for three years… when he was DONE
      Promoting unproven Sherman to GM – all talk
      Entire Player Development or should I say, Player NON-Development system is busted. Guys like Duchene who get WORSE with experience? Seriously?

      All this ‘promoting within’ the Avs ‘family’ warm and fuzzy stuff has produced an organization that’s FORGOTTEN how to win and nobody has the balls to stop the bleeding, because Kroenke is still making money.

      Watch – they’ll come out strong again in Oct-Dec, then start tanking late Dec-Jan. It’s their MO. No stamina, not built for consistency.

      They’re the Rockies of Hockey… right after Columbus.

  3. andidee15 - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Hunwick is a depth player, a #7 or #8 defenseman. He’s probably going to be in the press box for most of this year like he did most of last year. By all reports, he’s a great locker room guy who can deal with that sort of role, but he’s not one of our keys moving forward. Did we overpay? Yep. But he helps us get over the salary floor for the next two years and lets Elliott and Barrie have a little more time in the AHL to refine their game. This signing is really not that big of a deal.

    We’re not great now, but between our drafting and Sherman’s trades, we’ve got an amazing core of young players. Average age wise, we’re the youngest team in the league, so there are bound to be some serious growing pains. We’re still rebuilding, but everything is still quietly coming together. Don’t write this club off yet.

    • polegojim - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      C’mon Andidee… exactly how much of that kool-aid have you been drinking.

      I liked when the Avs are good… I just forgot what that looks like.

      The Avs have been ‘rebuilding’ for a decade. The once ‘amazing core of young players’…. is already in decline. Player Development has been a HUGE bust… no, it’s been a devastating travesty.

      Let’s just call it what it is – multiple BLOWN attempts at rebuilding… and Sherman thinks he has the recipe? Let’s see the facts:

      Trades for rock solid top lines? Seriously? WHO?
      Impact Free Agent hopes or landings? NOPE
      Trading away youth who were performing? YEP
      Youth tearing it up/blossoming with potential? Quite the opposite, downward
      Vets who still have ‘it’ to show youth? WOW… um… NOT even remotely
      Overpaying role players to fill up that cap gap? Check – got that one down

      Keep hope alive bro… it’s all that’s left when reality is so painfully obvious.

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