“Bettman has only a marginal interest in the weaker teams. He only wants the NHL to make a bigger profit as a whole.” -- Dominik Hasek

May 22, 2007

Stocking The Blue Line

The Avalanche management appears to be working hard on contract renewals and prospect development as their off-season continues. Yesterday they re-signed all of their restricted free agent defensemen.

Jordan Leopold signed a two-year contract at $1.5M a year. Kurt Sauer signed a one-year deal for $719K and Jeff Finger, coming off of strong play during the last 22 games of the season, agreed to a one-year, two-way contract valued at $475K. As InTheCheapSeats pointed out, these are extremely cap-friendly numbers and could prove to be major values for Colorado.

Another player signed was David Jones, a forward prospect from Dartmouth who had a strong season, including being named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and earning the title Ivy League Player of the Year by unanimous vote. Just add him to the ranks of the truly gifted young forwards currently working their way up through the Avalanche development system.

So far so good.

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