Offseason. Updates on Duchene, Mueller, McClement and More Potential Free Agent Signings

Posted: June 25, 2012 in Offseason

A lot has happened since my last post, but the biggest has been the Avs resigning Matt Duchene.

The question was not, would Duchene be back, but rather, for how much? 2 Years, and $7 Million was the contract Duchene signed, and it certainly was a great one. I have been pretty critical of Duchene over the past 12 months, but this contract is making me rethink things.

I was certain that Duchene was going to demand a huge contract, as an entitled feeling, cocky prodigy, 21 year old, but wow, he surprised me. He could have looked at John Tavares’ contract and asked for $5 Million a year, but Duchene took less because he wants to earn it. He had a bad year last year, and I think he figured he should want to earn his big contract. This single contract has completely changed my opinion of Duchene…for now.

Duchene’s contract also helps the Avs for a couple of different reasons. First, the cap hit is low which allows the team to surround him with talent. Second, and more importantly in my eyes, when the contract is up, Duchene will still be a restricted free agent, which means if the Avs want, there will be at least one more contract with the Avs after this one expires. He will ultimately not have a choice of teams for at least one more contract after his current one expires.

As smart as the Duchene contract was, the Avs seem to have canceled it out with dumb decisions regarding Jay McClement and Peter Mueller, but we’ll start with McClement.

The Avs have made the decision not to resign Jay, which is just a terrible move in my opinion. He was a huge reason why Colorado’s PK went from 30th to 12th this past year, and was a great third/fourth line center. Unless McClement was asking for WAYY too much money, I can’t understand why the Avs wouldn’t bring this guy back. There is no way any prospect within the organization can bring to the table what Jay Mc brought, and I don’t think there is anyone in free agency who would be an upgrade from McClement in that roll. Don’t be surprised if McClement goes back to St. Louis. It was tough for him after the trade to Denver, and I would guess he misses the gateway arch.

This next news just came out today, and it’s a tough pill to swallow for me, and I believe most Avs fans. Peter Mueller was not given a qualifying offer. What does that mean? It means that he will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Does that mean the Avs won’t resign him? Not necessarily, but I have a bad feeling. We saw this happen last year too, an injury prone winger is not resigned, and goes on to thrive in a different enviroment…Tomas Fleischmann anyone?

Peter Mueller was a rallying point for Avs fans over the past 2 years. However the team was doing on the ice, winning or losing, Avs fans were rooting for Mueller to get back on the ice. Not only to help the team, but for himself to be able to continue to do the thing he loves. After a year and a half, he finally comes back and has puts up 16 points in 32 games. Avs fans said, “Just wait until he has a whole summer to train and is healthy, and see what he does next year.” Now it appears that whatever happens, it won’t be in an Avs uniform.

The best analogy I can think of, is an author writing a book where the protagonist wants to accomplish something, but some “demon” is holding him back, finally the protagonist defeats his foe and…..the book ends. BUT WHAT ABOUT HIS GOALS? WILL HE SUCCEED? That’s a terrible way to finish a story, it’s sad, but it looks like the final chapter has been written in Peter Mueller’s Avalanche career.

I’m going to hit the sack now, but I’ll be writing a post soon about why the Avs should NOT spend money on free agents this offseason, so keep checking back for an update!

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Comments
  1. Advenstor says:

    The Avs made a good move with Matt D and also with Milan H; Mueller is a mystery however it is likely that he is gone; moves have to be made in order to reach the playoffs, they can not stand pat; hard to imagine the Avs raising the Cup w/o some changes and so Mueller may be gone just because its a change;

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