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Offseason Report: Colorado Avalanche

Aug 5, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

41-35-6, 88 points; 11th in the Western Conference and third in Northwest Division.

Additions

P.A. Parenteau, John Mitchell and Greg Zanon

Departures

Peter Mueller, Jay McClement and Kevin Porter

2012 Draft

No first-round pick.

Looking back

The Colorado Avalanche experienced an uneven 2011-12 season, but some in the organization may feel encouraged by the team’s late charge in March. Trade acquisitions Steve Downie and Jamie McGinn made enough of an impact to inspire some added optimism as well.

Semyon Varlamov‘s up-and-down year probably had the biggest impact on Colorado’s fortunes, yet the team hopes for more consistency from Matt Duchene, Erik Johnson and Paul Stastny than they showed.

Gabriel Landeskog‘s Calder Trophy season ranked among the team’s biggest highlights last season.

Looking forward

The Avalanche boast a young roster that could see quite a bit of improvement from within if the right buttons are pushed. Varlamov, Landeskog, Johnson, Stastny and especially Duchene could conceivably take another step forward next season.

Parenteau represents the biggest addition while the franchise gambled a bit by allowing injury-prone winger Mueller leave for nothing. One might also look at last season’s late arrivals Downie and McGinn as “new” players too, though.

Head coach Joe Sacco enters an important season. A third consecutive failed playoff run might bring his work in Colorado to an end.

Have your say

Vote in our poll and let us know what you think about the Avs’ 2012-13 outlook in the comments section.

  1. lesbuckets - Aug 5, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    From the outside looking in… this looks like the sort of team you let grow and mesh. At times this roster last year looked dominating and other times, just plain lost. But if the fans of the Avs (which I am not) really think that this team isn’t full of young talented guys who will only improve, I am sure there are plenty of teams who would love to pillage this roster. You can have all the talent in the world, but if they don’t play as a unit, you’ll never really know what you have. I honestly would not be surprised one bit to see this team finish in the neighborhood of 5th or 6th in the Conference next year, if they do just that.

    • polegojim - Aug 5, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      Much of this team has been together for years… and are not meshing… they’re coming unglued.

      That’s my point – with so much young talent…why???

      Answer: Sacco and Co.

  2. jovocop2112 - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    This team is one coaching change away from being excellent – fire Sacco ASAP, bring in a coach with more fire and care for his growing players and BOOM – St. Louis 2.0

  3. charleslouis99 - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    they look like a young St Louis nice pieces a few offensive stars
    they’ve had a good offseason
    they got rid of some incumbents
    galiardi winnik others they could sneak into tthe playoffs

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