Non-Playoff Teams Summer Outlook V

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Rick Nash




Part five in a seven-part review takes a look at the teams that failed to reach the postseason and what kind of impact each of them will have on your keeper-league squad. This week, we take a look at Colorado and Columbus.




Colorado Avalanche
Possibly on the way out…
Tyler Arnason, Brett McLean, Antti Laaksonen, Mark Rycroft, Patrice Brisebois, Ossi Vaananen and Ken Klee are all potential unrestricted free agents. However, Pierre Turgeon is the UFA that will make an impact on the team. His $1.5 million contract off the books creates a lot of elbowroom and made it easier for the team to re-sign Joe Sakic. The possibility of buying out goaltender Jose Theodore has been all but ruled out.

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The team will be looking to add…
Finally, Jordan Leopold will be able to join the team at 100 per cent health. Acquired for Alex Tanguay on draft day last summer, Leopold battled injury all season long. Now that he is healthy, he will join John-Michael Liles on the No.1 power-play unit. Liles spent some time in the doghouse late in the season, so it is possible that the squad could be looking for a quarterback. If not, it will be Leopold and Liles patrolling the back end with the man advantage. The team may be looking to acquire a scoring right winger in case Marek Svatos does not recover from his sophomore jinx. Look for prospect T.J. Hensick to take a run a roster spot this fall. He is a small, scoring pivot that may have to move to a wing to see decent ice time.

General fantasy outlook…
Until the goaltending is solidified and the defense corps step up and take charge, the team will continue to battle for a playoff spot. From a fantasy standpoint – they’ll be doing it with offense, which is a good thing. Goals will be even more plentiful and Liles and Leopold can combine for 10