The Colorado Avalanche have spent majority of the NHL offseason re-signing the players off of last season’s roster and haven’t dipped into many trade talks. With Bobby Ryan on the market, the Avs should be doing everything in their power to acquire him.
Colorado has a very young and exciting team that should have been in the playoff hunt last season, but they aren’t among the crème of the crop in the Western Conference yet.
The Avs will be led by Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, P.A. Parenteau and the still-unsigned Ryan O’Reilly. With Erik Johnson being the big name on defense and Semyon Varlamov starting in net, Colorado has themselves a pretty solid squad.
Will it be enough to get into the playoffs, though?
Colorado just missed the playoffs last season with a pretty similar team. They’ve added Parenteau to be an impact player and John Mitchell and Greg Zanon for depth, but that’s about it. It will be virtually the same team from last season besides a few guys here and there.
It will be even harder to make the playoffs in the Western Conference in 2012-13 as many teams have vastly improved.
The Minnesota Wild for example, are a team that didn’t make the playoffs last season and went out to sign two of the game’s best in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. They will be one of the teams vying for the top spot in the West next season.
The Avalanche could make themselves one of the West’s best with the addition of Bobby Ryan. Ryan has expressed disinterest in the Anaheim Ducks and would prefer to be traded, according to Randy Miller of the Courier Post.
I take things personally. Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately. Obviously, it’s not the ideal situation. When you get drafted, you want to win championships with that team and every time they look to add a piece to the puzzle, I’m the piece going to the other way.Harry How/Getty Images
I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don’t care. Move me…because it’s just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you’re going to be the guy moved.
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post writes that the Ducks would be foolish to not trade Ryan for Paul Stastny, an Av who could be on the move.
This would become an interesting situation, as Dater writes, because the Ducks need a center and are willing to get rid of Ryan whereas the Avs already have two young centers and could use a wing.
With the potential top six forwards for the Avs being Landeskog, O’Reilly, Steve Downie, Duchene, Parenteau and Ryan, how could they not make the playoffs? As long as the defense played somewhat well and Varlamov wasn’t terrible, the Avs would be one of the best teams in the West.
The Avs will be on the brink of a playoff spot if they keep their current roster, but would be a force to be reckoned with if they got Ryan.