The Colorado Avalanche face ongoing questions over their defense, which was among the worst in the league last season.
ESPN.COM: Tim Kavanagh notes big questions continue to dog the Colorado Avalanche over their defense, which made them among only five teams last season with a team GAA over 3.00, plus they allowed the sixth-most shots-against per game. Having passed over drafting promising blueliner Seth Jones with the first overall pick to select center Nathan MacKinnon, their biggest defense acquisitions this summer were Cory Sarich and Andre Benoit. If the Avs do decide to dip into the free agent market (they have over $10 million in cap space), Kavanagh noted Ryan Whitney, Ron Hainsey and Ian White remain available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of that group, I believe Hainsey would be the best fit. While his offensive numbers are down in recent years, he garnered praise for his defensive play. He could also provide some much-needed veteran leadership. That being said, however, it remains to be seen what – if anything – the Avs will do to address their obvious defensive deficiencies for the upcoming season.