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Last season: 30-44-8, 68 points. 4th in the Northwest, missed playoffs.

Key Additions:  G Jean-Sebastian Giguere, D Jan Hejda, F Chuck Kobasew, LW Gabriel Landeskog, D Shane O’Brien, G Seymon Varlamov

Key Losses:  G Peter Budaj, C Phillippe Dupuis, G Brian Elliott, LW Thomas Fleischmann, D Adam Foote, D John-Michael Liles

Offense: The young Colorado offense is led by 2009 first round pick Matt Duchene, whose production increased from 24-31-55 to 27-40-67 in his second NHL season.  Despite having a down year (22 goals, 57 points), Paul Stastny was elected to his first all-star game.  Although Milan Hejduk is years from his 50 goal season, he is still a reliable 20-25 goal getter.    David Jones came out of nowhere to lead the team in goals (27, tied with Duchene).  Landeskog, the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft, is a wild card.  If he makes the team, it should help the offense immensely.  T.J. Galiardi struggled with injuries last year but could be Colorado’s breakout player this season.  Like Galiardi, Peter Mueller was injured (concussion) and missed the entire year, but should be healthy this season.  2009 2nd rounder Ryan O’Reilly should continue to improve.  The club hopes free agent acquisition Kobasew regains his scoring touch from his Boston days.  Kevin Porter was finally given a full time role and scored 14 goals. Daniel Winnik (11 goals) had his best season in 3 years.  Brandon Yip took a step backwards last year, after leading rookies in goals per game in 2009-10.  Cody McLeod established himself as the team’s enforcer, getting 189 PIM thanks to 14 fights.

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Some quick hits from the first two days of free agency:

-The Brad Richards saga is finally over, as he chose to sign with the New York Rangers for 9 years (and $60 million).  According to reports, he turned down more money from other teams (Calgary, Los Angeles and Toronto).  The Rangers have themselves a big money center to play with Marian Gaborik now.  They also added tough guy Mike Rupp from the rival Penguins.

-Speaking of the Maple Leafs, they added Tim Connolly for two years.  Connolly has averaged .83 points per game since the lockout, but has only played in 302 games in that time.  When healthy, he can form a nice duo with Phil Kessel, but how many games he plays is the question.

-Not going to go into much about the Flyers, who were very active on Day 1, as this post sums it up pretty well.

-The Panthers were also very active, adding over $31 million in salary for 2011-12 in the since the draft.  This includes over $21 million to 6 players in free agency the last two days.  They aren’t done yet, as the team is still $1 million under the salary cap floor. (more…)