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An Interesting Look at our UFAs on FtR

Along with 3 other teams eliminated from the playoffs. What the article had to say about ours copied and pasted here: Darcy Tucker — Tucker's days as a skilled agitator are done for. He had no points in a limited role in the Avs' six-game exit to No. 1 seed San Jose, and had 24 points in the regular season — an improvement over last season, but still not worth $2.3 million. Offseason: Tucker is 35, so a multiyear deal is probably out of the question. Maybe Brian Burke would welcome the one-time Toronto favorite back to the Leafs for $1 to 1.5 million? Marek Svatos — Mile High Hockey named him co-winner of the site's MWP (Most Worthless Player). Need I say more? Offseason: Svatos was, simply put, dreadful all year, but did score once in three playoff games. If MHH has its say, Svatos won't be back. He'll be 28 this offseason and someone will want to take a chance that he can regain his 20-goal form at a decent price, but it won't be last year's $2.35 million. Maybe a contender (Detroit) will take a flier at around $1.25 million, or an also-ran will hope to benefit from his ability at a low price. Europe could come calling with big cash, too. David Koci — Wow! MHH's other MWP winner! How, exactly did Colorado make the playoffs given all their injuries and lackluster play (psst ... it's coaching, leadership and some great performances out of some blossoming young stars)? Koci never appeared in the playoffs and got into just 43 regular season games, registering one goal and 84 penalty minutes. Offseason: Koci's a legitimate heavyweight — though an average fighter — so he could find a home with a team in need of a pugilist. At $575,000 last year, his salary can't get much lower — unless he can only land a two-way deal. Matt Hendricks — The soon-to-be 29-year-old center got his first real shot at the NHL this year, managing 16 points in 56 games, plus played in all six playoff contests against the Sharks (no points). Also in his favor is his use on the penalty kill. Offseason: Hendricks made $500,000 this season, and could land a similar deal to return to the Avs. The big question is if another team has seen enough of him to throw a one-way deal his way. It may be Colorado or bust. Chris Durno — Durno played in just one playoff game (no points) and 41 regular-season games (four goals, four assists). With Koci out of favor, Durno could step in as a fourth-liner who has the size to fight the league's heavyweights while adding a hint of offense. Offseason: Durno, like Hendricks, made $500,000 this year and would likely be thrilled to be back at the same price. With Tucker and Koci likely on the way out, the Avs probably wouldn't mind having him back to take some of the fighting pressure off Chris Stewart. Stephane Yelle — The Avs brought Yelle back from Carolina at the deadline to infuse some playoff experience, leadership and, I'm sure, nostalgia from the good ol' days. He's 35, which isn't too old, and isn't expected to put up any kinds of numbers any more — which he didn't with the Canes or Avs. Offseason: Yelle had to wait a long time this offseason before finally landing in Carolina ($550,000), then was sent through waivers before regaining a spot in the lineup and playing fairly well before heading back to the Avs. Colorado's youth movement probably doesn't have room for Yelle, and his options are limited. If the Avs are a no, it might the end for Yelle in the NHL. Brett Clark — Once again, we look to our friends at MHH. The verdict? Clark was part of the worst defensive pairing — regardless of partner. Ouch. He had 20 points this season, then played just one game in the first round of the playoffs. Offseason: His $3.5 million is coming off the books, and don't expect it to be back in Colorado — or anywhere else at that number. He might get around $2 million a season from a team in need of someone who can play close to 20 minutes a night, including power play and penalty kill experience. Ruslan Salei — MHH already has him pegged for the KHL, and it's east to see why. Salei made $3.275 million in 2009-10. He fought injuries all season, playing just 14 games, and got in just one postseason match. The injuries may be an aberration — he has four 82-game seasons on his resume — but there will certainly be concern around the league since he is already 35. Offseason: Salei won't be in Colorado, and maybe nowhere in the NHL, next season. Even if he lands in the NHL, he'll need to take a huge paycut — perhaps a third of what he made last year or less. Adam Foote — The Avalanche captain made $3.25 million this season, and at 38 (39 this offseason) he battled a variety of injuries in playing 67 games. He still played more than 21 minutes a night in Colorado's six postseason games and more than 19 minutes in the regular season. Offseason: If Foote wants to play another season, Colorado should welcome him with open arms. Not enough has been said about Foote's leadership as a key factor in the Avs' shocking season. Will he make more than $3 million? No way. But if he'll play for $1.75 million, Colorado should snap him up and throw a ticker-tape parade in his honor. Peter Budaj — Budaj never could seize the No. 1 job in Colorado, and Craig Anderson's outstanding season makes Budaj a backup option in Colorado and nothing more. He went 5-5-2 this season with a respectable 2.64 goals against average and .917 save percentage. Coincidentally, the last two stats are mirror images of Anderson's numbers, except Colorado's new No. 1 won 38 games. Budaj played briefly in Game 5 against San Jose, allowing one goal on four shots. Offseason: The Avalanche could decide to stick with Budaj for familiarity's sake, and he likely won't fetch much more than the $1.25 million he made in 2009-10. It seems like the best fit, but the Avs or Budaj could be looking for a change.

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