After hours of signing Norris Trophy defender Cale Makar on a long-term contract, Joe Sakic is still unsure if the Colorado Avalanche will be able to bring back captain Gabriel Landeskog and start goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer.
“I don’t know,” said Colorado’s general manager. “We hope we can agree, and sign and be part of it.”
Now that the NHL framework is complete, the Avalanche status is one of more questions than answers than free companies coming. The highlight also shines for the Carolina Hurricanes in their conversations with defender Dougie Hamilton, Washington Capitals concluding an agreement with captain Alex Ovechkin and Stanley Cup champion Blake Coleman where he will stay as he may not return to Tampa Bay Lightning.
Many of these situations need to be resolved one way or another before a free agency can open Wednesday.
“Once the free agency starts and we know we need a defender, we can’t wait and wait for Dougie to make a decision,” Carolina GM Don Waddell said Wednesday. “We want Dougie back, and we hope to do that this week.”
Hamilton will be among the most coveted free agents, along with Landeskog and Grubauer. He’s a 28-year-old right-wing defender and can produce offensively, so Hurricanes would just sign him rather than let him go empty-handed.
“Our goal for Number 1 is still to sign – that hasn’t changed at all,” Waddell said. “We introduced Dougie. We were very open about what we think the value is and its value could be higher elsewhere. But we are talking about a team that is trying to win the title. ”
So is Colorado, and Sakic has admitted that last season’s program sank deep into this World Cup-winning window. Makar for $ 9 million a year gives the Avalanche some guarantee, but that is still 11% of the total salary and there is little room for travel.
That makes the conditions for Landeskog and Grubauer very attractive. Landeskog has been captain since 2012 with Grubauer with their 1 goalkeeper three years ago and the Avalanche is set to win now.