Updated Avalanche Cap / Depth Chart

April 5, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) controls the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

With free agent frenzy day coming up on Sunday, I thought I'd take the opportunity to update the cap sheet. You'll note that I've added the 5 reported RFAs that the Avs extended QOs to on the depth chart, but did not add any money in. This should give a little bit of an idea of what the Avalanche are looking for in free agency (hint: A WINGER).

As of right now, the Avs have roughly 8 players to sign or promote (including the 5 RFAs) and and need to spend a bit over $18 million to get to the cap floor, although they can really spend up to $34 million. Yes, I laughed a little bit when I typed that.

Is anyone else worried about Erik Johnson? After hearing that Garth Snow may have offered his entire draft for Ryan Murray and that Mike Milbury very likely offered his entire draft for Erik Johnson AND given that the Avalanche probably aren't currently loading up a Brinks truck to sign EJ AND given that not every team will be able to sign Ryan Suter even though they would LOVE to add a big, talented defenseman...wouldn't it be feasible that some team might want to sign Johnson to a "modest" offer sheet of $5 to $6 million? Personally, I'm a little nervous.

Forwards
Signed Cap Hit RFA LY QO
C1 Stastny $ 6,600,000

C2 Duchene $ 3,500,000 O'Reilly $ 900,000 $ 810,000
C3 O'Reilly * Olver $ 850,000 $ 577,500
C4 McGinn $ 680,000 $ 714,000
W1 Landeskog $ 3,575,000
W2 Jones $ 4,000,000
W3 Hejduk $ 2,000,000
W4 Downie * $ 2,650,000
W5 McGinn * UFA LY
W6 McClement $ 1,450,000
W7 Olver * Mueller $ 2,000,000
W8 McLeod $ 1,150,000 Porter $ 850,000
F Kobasew $ 1,250,000
Forwards (8): $ 24,725,000
AHL Cap Hit FA LY
Hishon $ 1,200,000 Stoa $ 803,250
Connolly $ 900,000 Cohen $ 735,000
Malone $ 875,000 Rissmiller $ 525,000
Carey $ 875,000 Mauldin $ 525,000
van der Gulik $ 575,000 Mercier $ 525,000
Walker $ 563,333 Brophey $ 525,000
Sgarbossa $ 540,000
Bordeleau $ 525,000
Departed LY
Lindstrom $ 600,000 Skelleftea (SEL)
Defensemen
Signed Cap Hit RFA LY QO
D1 Johnson * Johnson *R* $ 2,600,000 $ 3,000,000
D2 Hejda *L* $ 3,250,000
D3 O'Byrne *R* $ 1,800,000
D4 Elliott *R* $ 900,000 UFA LY
D5 Wilson *L* $ 2,250,000
D6 O'Brien *L* $ 2,000,000
D7 Hunwick *L* $ 1,600,000
Defensemen (6): $ 11,800,000
AHL Cap Hit FA LY
Siemens *L* $ 1,419,167 Newton *L* $ 900,000
Barrie *R* $ 900,000 Holos *R* $ 785,000
Gaunce *L* $ 845,833 Liffiton *L* $ 525,000
Chouinard *L* $ 566,666
Departed LY
Richmond $ 525,000 Lahti (SM-ligga)
Goalies
Signed Cap Hit
G1 Varlamov $ 2,833,333
G2 Giguere $ 1,250,000
Goalies (2): $ 4,083,333
AHL Cap Hit FA LY
Pickard $ 870,000 Cann $ 875,000
Aittokallio $ 683,333 Desjardins $ 650,000
Patterson $ 627,500
Millan $ 627,500
Departed LY
Forwards (8): $ 24,725,000
Defensemen (6): $ 11,800,000
Goalies (2): $ 4,083,333
Total (16): $ 40,608,333
Estimated Cap: $ 70,200,000
Cap Room: $ 29,591,667
Per Player: $ 4,931,945
Estimated Floor: $ 54,200,000
To Floor (6): $ 13,591,667
Per Player: $ 2,265,278
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