Avs Mailbag: With Gabe Landeskog re-signed, does this spell the stop of Philipp Grubauer in Colorado?
Hey Mike, can you clarify the NHL rules on the drafting of university gamers? I saw that the Avs took an incoming DU freshman with one of their selections.
As an incoming freshman, how does it work?
How long does he play in university before turning seasoned? Is there a time dedication/requirement on that?
For example, I recognize in MLB drafts, if players decide the university direction they have to dedicate three years to their college software before being draft-eligible and NFL and NBA have their respective “day out of high college” rules before being draft-eligible.
I used to be simply hoping you can clarify how the NHL draft works for university players being drafted?
— Douglas, Denver
The positive aspect, Douglas. An NHL crew that selects a university participant ought to sign the player within a yr after he leaves the university or in August after his senior year.
In any other case, the participant can come to be a free agent — like Will Butcher of the college of Denver did in August 2017.
Butcher, who turned down the Avs to sign with New Jersey, was drafted earlier than his freshman season at DU.
What’s the state of affairs with Phillip Grubauer?
— Zach, Parker
It appears that he wants $6 million or extra annually and the Avs don’t have the cash.
They have already got two $nine million guys and Nathan MacKinnon is years away from that.
Precise risk Grubauer signs some other place — especially for the reason that Avs came to terms with Gabe Landeskog.
Do see Landeskog going anywhere else? And can we nail down Grubauer?
— Brennan Vogt, Parker
Please see the above. Actually, Landeskog is coming back to Colorado and the group might also have made him a priority over Grubauer because of management/locker room regions.
The Avs would possibly suppose they’ll be good enough having Jonas Johansson back up Pavel Francouz, with kids Adam Werner, Justus Annunen, Trent Minor and Hunter Miska also to be had.
Werner and Annunen are Avalanche draft selections and Annunen, 21, can be the future.
I surely thought this changed into the 12 months the Avs have been going to the Stanley Cup Finals. What befell?
— Christie, Aurora
Vegas came about. Costly turnovers. Sudden second-guessing and loss of self-belief.
And Vegas’ play of the frenzy was deadly — using the Avs’ logo better than the Avs. Grubauer wasn’t himself in sport 6, both.
Mike, Sam Girard had a strong ordinary season, however the playoffs, no longer a lot.
It regarded that just like final year within the Bubble against the celebs, his bodily stature became a legal responsibility as these 12 months the Golden Knights bullied him at each possibility.
Perhaps it’d be more advantageous to protect Ryan Graves and take the chance that Girard gets picked up by way of Seattle? Your thoughts?
— Dan Rish, Albuquerque, New Mexico
I had those equal minds, Dan, but Girard is simply 23, and his capability to move the p.C. Up ice is unique. Instead of trading Graves, maybe they might have moved Girard for more go back — and additionally, put off his $five million caps hit.
Ultimately, the Avs agree with Girard is the handiest going to improve and, while he’s by no means going to have a big body, he’ll make strides in how he defends in front of the net.
Hello Mike, what roster movements would you do with the Avs going into subsequent yr?
We’re so near making it over the hump. We have the depth, we have the talent, it seems like we simply want that X-issue sort of player to put us over the edge. Is everyone available you’d love to see in a Colorado uniform?
— Nick, Parker
Sure, Nick, I’d like a guy like Wayne Simmonds at ahead and a tough shutdown D like Zach Bogosian, a UFA. I think the Avs lack more than one hard man.
With another failed postseason run, what desires to trade for this team to recover from the hump and make it returned to the finals?
— Terry, Denver
I think the Avs want to get heavier, meaner — tougher to play towards within the playoffs.
They may be tough to play towards in the ordinary season because they’re a skilled rush squad that puts warring parties on their heels.
Within the playoffs, you have to get mad-dog mean to win the Cup.
I don’t suppose they may be implied enough.
What does the training/staffing team assume they can do to offer us the brink next yr when we had the entirety we needed to get ourselves to the Cup this yr however ignored that possibility?
— Michael Barger, Denver
Please see the above, Michael. I suppose they need to modify their excessive-flying identity with the aid of adding toughness.
What’s up to Mike, have you ever heard any talks about updating practice and major arena centers earlier than the % drops next season?
— Alex, Broomfield
No, sir. I agree with the Avs signed a multi-yr address South Suburban own family sports center final yr, or the yr earlier than. They were previously on a year-to-12 months deal.
This topic has been a warm one for a long term — a completely, very long term. The ability is sub-fashionable for the NHL.