It is almost the end of July and what activity has there been. Resigning Quincy and Yip, making one minor trade and that's it. Odviously the 2009-10 Avs were a lot better than the 2008-09 edition, but will the 2010-11 team be even better? On paper (right now at least) the team is no better than last year (actually it is worse because Stewart is yet to be resigned). I'm not saying I'm angry they passed on Kovalchuk, but come on, you need to make some moves. Last year it was clear the defence needed to be better. The team has already passed on Volchenkov and Hamuis, who would have been good additions, but are expensive. What I'm saying is I want them to add players who are going to help the team (mainly defensively) and don't cost that much. Andy "You're an Expert?" Sutton is still an FA. He can block shots (so he would replace Brett Clark) , he's 6"5 and he can hit. Seeing as it is late July he probably wouldn't be an expensive addition and he looks like he would fit well on the team. In addition there still are several two-way forwards avalible that this team really could use. In this league, if you want to contend, you have to sign FAs. You don't need to spend too much money on them. You just need to add players who will help your team.
My second point is the Avs are below the cap floor by a considerable amount. Rather than over paying players you resign (Quincy at $3 million a year was suspect) use the money to add FAs on short contracts. Stewart and Mueller still need to be resigned. If they get the right amount of money and aren't overpaid than there will still be money left over to improve the roster.
I was also hoping to for contract extensions for Anderson and Hannan. It would be a good idea to get done this off season.