2012-13 Record: 16-25-7, 39 points
Where they finished: 5th in the Northwest; 15th in the West; 21st in NHL
Coach: Patrick Roy (1st season)
Key additions: RW Alex Tanguay
Key departures: F David Jones, D Shane O’Brien
Gabriel Landeskog – Paul Stastny – Alex Tanguay
Ryan O’Reilly – Matt Duchene – P.A. Parenteau
Jamie McGinn – Nathan MacKinnon – Steve Downey
Patrick Bordeleau – Brad Malone – Cody McLeod
Erik Johnson – Jan Hejda
Ryan Wilson – Cory Sarich
Matt Hunwick – Tyson Barrie
Stefan Elliott - Andre Benoit
Our take: The past is new again in Colorado. Former stars Roy (coach) and Joe Sakic (vice president of team operations) are running the show. But can they bring back the magic of the team’s first decade in Denver?
It doesn’t hurt to start with the No. 1 pick and Colorado passed on hometown defenseman Seth Jones to go with Nathan MacKinnon, who adds another huge piece to a group of talented young forwards with Duchene, O’Reilly and Landeskog.
But the rebuilding isn’t finished yet even if Colorado rebounds with a playoff push this season. Stastny is an obvious trade candidate given the team’s depth at center and that he’s in the last year of his contract.
Former Caps goalie Semyon Varlamov regressed last season (3.02 goals-against average, .903 save percentage), but he’s shown flashes of star potential in recent years and the Avs brought in legendary goalie coach Francois Allaire to work with the 25-year-old Russian.
Offseason Grade: C
Will they make the playoffs in 2013-14: No.