I'm not sure if it has been mentioned and cleared up these past few months, as I have been way too busy with work and travel to do anything more than pop in here and there but I wanted to share some quick info on Fleischmann (Flash).
To put it plainly, there was little to no chance that Flash could have signed with the Avs. As most (if not all) know that the high altitude and excessive travel for the Avalanche elevates the pulmonary embolism risk. What many may not know is that he is CURRENTLY taking a medication that helps manage that risk. The medication is managed by him and the Panthers so that it is taken in coordination with games so that his blood is not thinned out during game time. Living and playing constantly at the high altitudes in Colorado would have potentially required a stronger dose to manage his situation (or possibly limited it's effects at the current amount). So the likelihood of him remaining with the Avs was slim at best as it more than likely would have been hard to manage the blood clotting living and playing in Colorado.
As nice as it would have been to have kept him, the Avs did the smart thing to let him move on and not risk the money, nor Flash's life. Hopefully this clears up any continued talk about the Avs being stupid/cheap and letting Fleischmann walk this past summer.