Konowalchuck Retires, Colorado in a Pickle?

Today we found out the very under-rated Steve Konowalchuk retired due to an irregular heartbeat. First of all, best of wishes to Steve and his family, he made the right decision and deserves all the respect in the world for playing throughout his career will a ton of class.

That said, what about Colorado? With Kono gone theres a gapping whole on the 2nd line LW. Theres also reports that Turgeon is not going to play this year and Brad May will be out 4-6 months with shoulder surgery. With those 3 gone the team salary is about $39 M. Now Colorado doesn’t need scoring help, but it doesn’t hurt. I started thinking about who they could go after, and it seems pretty obvious to me, Brian Gionta.

New Jersey will not get out of paying both Mogilny and Malakhovs salarys towards the cap. If they keep one, which I’m sure they will have to, they will be sitting at about $42 M. They still have to sign Martin, who played a huge part in their team last year. Personally I dont think NJ would miss Gionta knowing that Elias will be playing a full year.

Now I don’t know what they would be willing to give up, hopefully it wouldn’t be much, like a prospect and high draft pick (NOT STASTNY or WOLSKI or STEWART). What do you think they would have to give up, or what are some other players the Av’s could go after?


14 Responses to Konowalchuck Retires, Colorado in a Pickle?

  1. goleafsgo1991 says:

    Brunette/Sakic/Svatos
    Wolski/Arnason/Hejduk
    Laaksonen/McLean/Laperriere
    Murley OR Rycroft/Stastny/McCormick

    not so hard now is it?

  2. BurnabyJoe says:

    Just out of curiousity do you know who the Colorado Avalanche are? If they have $4-5 M laying around they are not the team to leave it lying around. They also have $ 4.6 M waiting for them next year that is currently locked up in bonuses for Blake and Sakic. With an organization like this, they will spend every penny to put the best team they can out there. P.S Richardson will beat out Murley, Rycroft, and McCormick.

  3. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    I friggin loved Konowalchuck.

  4. wingerxxx says:

    The Avs can live without him…they played most of last year without Konowalchuk…but it’s still a big loss. Kono is the type of player that every team wants on their roster. He still has a following here in Washington. Hopefully his health will be ok.

  5. tancred says:

    Totally agree with Nittymakiforvezina and wingerxxx there–Konowalchuk was awesome! I still remember him and Olaf Kolzig doing an episode of “Reading Rainbow” way back when they were still in the starry red, white, and blue jerseys. At least I think it was “Reading Rainbow”…. Anyway, bad loss for the Avalanche. I wish Konowalchuk the best of health.

  6. EddieAVS says:

    really a huge loss for the Avs. a guy like kono is really hard to replace.

    While i do agree that the Avs wont sit on the money they have free, i highly doubt that they would go after Gionta. Personally, i dont want the Avs giving any more prospects and i dont see anyone in the line up thats expendable. i really dont think that scoring will be issue this year. Stastny has had a great camp and will likely be the third center behind sakic and arnason. I say the Avs are much better off looking for a solid dman. if there are no dmen available at this time, the Avs have to find a good, checking, pker to fill the void that kono has left. no rush tho, they have a solid 20-30 games to have an idea of what will be more important.

    Alyn Mccauley wouldve been my choice, but its too late now

  7. gg_idiot says:

    The Avs could just sign Bondra

  8. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    can put up 20 goals easily despite his age.

  9. avsrule24 says:

    your lines are wrong

    the top line is Brunette/Sakic/Hejduk
    the next line iwll probably be Wolski/Arnason/Svatos
    the 3rd and 4th lines are questionable, but probably this-

    Laaksonen/Stastny/Laperriere
    Rycroft/Mclean/McCormick

  10. avsrule24 says:

    the avs won’t, though

  11. avsrule24 says:

    It would be nice to go after Gionta, but that’s not how the Avs operate.

    They’ll prolly keep the roster as it is.

  12. CaptainInsano says:

    You gotta love the players with long-ass names. Stevie K is no Stevie Y but he was a good role player.

    Actually, (true story) a Konowalchuk O-Pee-Chee rookie card was the first hockey card I ever had.

    Over time, it got worn down. The edges got frayed and it lost it’s colour. There was a big crease down the top right corner. It went from being worth maybe 10 cents to now being completely worthless, but I still wouldn’t sell it for 5 dollars because of it’s sentimental value. For 10 dollars I would sell it, but not 5.

  13. Cimolini says:

    CaptainInsano… Funny stuff. I Wanna Party with you.

  14. zane says:

    Great leadership and help rookies n players around him

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