Avalanche normal supervisor Joe Sakic held a season-ending information convention Tuesday, lower than per week after his crew misplaced Sport 7 of a Western Convention semifinal playoff sequence to the San Jose Sharks. Sakic touched on the next topics:
— Star middle Nathan MacKinnon is not going to require shoulder surgical procedure after struggling the harm early in Sport 7. “Simply relaxation,” Sakic stated.
— The Avs would like to re-sign star proper winger Mikko Rantanen, a restricted free agent, to a long-term contract. However the crew would settle for a short-term take care of restricted free company on the finish of it if the participant and his brokers favor that route.
— Sakic anticipates the Avs will use their No. four and No. 16 general picks at subsequent month’s draft in Vancouver, British Columbia, however he’ll “pay attention” to affords to commerce these picks to maneuver up or down.
— Coach Jared Bednar can be supplied a contract extension, however given the membership’s 26 expiring participant contracts and different urgent wants, Sakic doesn’t regard that as a precedence. Bednar accomplished his third 12 months with the crew final week. He initially signed a three-year contract when employed, and was given a one-year extension late final season.
— All participant exit interviews have been accomplished, together with that with goalie Semyon Varlamov, whom Sakic expects to check the free-agent market July 1.
— Sakic expects the Avs to be “extra aggressive” July 1 within the free agent market, including, “We have already got focused gamers in thoughts in the event that they grow to be out there that we’re going to wish to discuss to about becoming a member of our membership.”
Sakic spoke in depth about Colorado’s 8-0-2 run to clinch a playoff spot in Sport 81 of the 82-game common season and its 7-5 file within the playoffs, together with eliminating the Western Convention No. 1-seed Calgary Flames within the first spherical. The Avs made the playoffs for the second consecutive 12 months and made to the second spherical for the primary time since 2008.
“We noticed the expansion within the final couple years right here,” Sakic stated. “You see the Pepsi Middle, the playoff ambiance — the ambiance all 12 months. I believe there’s a variety of pleasure about this crew and we’ve to maintain constructing and attempt to get it to the following degree.”
He added: “The top aim is to be a champion, win a Stanley Cup. However the course of from the group — there was a variety of progress, particularly within the playoffs. I used to be actually proud of our mindset, the angle. We acquired within the playoffs, which was nice, however the entire mindset was to win, and give attention to that.
“As nice as the top of the 12 months was, we nonetheless didn’t accomplish the top aim. We’ve to discover a technique to get higher and it begins right here within the offseason.”
The Avs misplaced a league-high 14 occasions when video games went past regulation. Sakic expects his crew to be significantly better in extra time and shootouts subsequent season. “That would have made life rather a lot simpler for us down the stretch if we did a greater job in that space for the higher a part of 4 months,” he stated.
Colorado might doubtlessly purchase a top-six ahead by buying and selling defenseman Tyson Barrie, who enters subsequent season within the last 12 months of his $5.5 million annual contract and with three similar-style younger blue-liners nipping at his heels. Sam Girard, Cale Makar and Conor Timmins, every 20, might ultimately flip Barrie right into a worthwhile commerce piece.
Timmins, nonetheless, missed all the season with concussion-like signs, and it appears so long as Timmins can’t play the much less doubtless Barrie can be traded.
“He’s an unbelievable participant,” Sakic stated of Barrie, 27. “He was driving drive down our (regular-season) stretch and what we noticed with him and Cale and Girard (within the playoffs), I’d be very, very snug beginning the 12 months with that group. They’ll do a variety of particular issues collectively.”
Footnotes. Avs ahead Tyson Jost has joined Staff Canada for the World Championship in Slovakia, and depth goalie Pavel Francouz — an American Hockey League all-star with the Colorado Eagles — has agreed to play for the Czech Republic. … Colorado on Monday signed 2016 draft decide Adam Werner, a 6-foo-5 Swedish goalie, to a two-year entry-level contract. Werner performed for Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League final season, posting a 15-6-Three file with a 2.02 goals-against common and .926 save share.