Matt Hunwick—Unrestricted Free Agent
Matt Hunwick really redeemed himself in many people's eyes this season. After a truly terrible display at the end of the 2010-2011 season, many Avalanche fans, myself included, were furious to see him re-signed.
We took solace in the fact that he at least was spending a great portion of the season as a healthy scratch, which ended up working out for everybody.
Hunwick worked his tail off while he was a healthy scratch and found some confidence and worked his way back into the lineup.
While I was still never fully comfortable seeing Hunwick out on the ice, he had shown some obvious improvement and gained the trust of Avalanche fans again.
That being said, don't count on seeing Hunwick back in the lineup this season. His salary of $1.5 million was far too much for a guy who spent half the year as a healthy scratch, and given the fact that Joe Sacco is still the coach in Colorado, Hunwick may always be the seventh or eighth guy in the lineup and may stay a healthy scratch.
Count on Hunwick looking for greener pastures.