Avs Acquire Grimaldi
On June 23, the Colorado Avalanche acquired F Rocco Grimaldi from the Florida Panthers in exchange for G Reto Berra.
Grimaldi, a former 2011 2nd round pick of the Panthers has seen time in both the NHL and AHL. In 27 career NHL games, Grimaldi has scored 4 goals and 6 points. In 116 AHL games, Grimaldi notched 30 goals and 75 points.
With one year left on his contract, his demotion to the AHL, and with the emergence of Calvin Pickard as the clear #2 behind starter Semyon Varlamov, it was only a matter of time the Avs would split ways with Reto Berra.
Reto Berra’s time in Denver had its ups and downs. Though he posted an impressive 2.41 GAA and a .921 save percentage with a 5-8 record with the Avs this past season, he struggled in the minors posting a 7-7 record with a 3.39 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
Avs Deal Away Holden
Nick Holden’s time in Colorado has come to an end as the Colorado Avalanche dealt him on the 2nd day of the draft to the New York Rangers in exchange for 2017 4th round pick.
Nick Holden came to Colorado in their miraculous 2013-14 season and in 3 seasons in Colorado, Holden played 214 games scoring 21 goals and 61 points.
Like with Berra, Nick Holden’s time in Denver had is ups and downs. Playing in the Avs top 4 on the back end and sometimes leading the team in ice time on some nights, Holden was put in a position where it was tough for him to succeed.
Avs Sign Martinsen
On draft day, the Colorado Avalanche signed power forward Andreas Martinsen to a 1 year, 1 way contract worth $640K.
The 2015-16 campaign was the first year of pro hockey in North America for the 26 year old Norwegian forward. Martinsen split the campaign with Avalanche and their AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage. In 10 games in San Antonio, Martinsen notched a goal and a helper. With the Avs, Martinsen scored 4 goals and 11 points in 55 games.
Avs Clearing Cap Space
With the trading of Berra and Holden, the Colorado Avalanche have cleared salary and have $20.9 million in cap space to work with. The Avs still need new contracts for prized forward Nathan MacKinnon and d-man Tyson Barrie. Mikhail Grigorenko, Calvin Pickard are without contracts as well.
Do the Avs want to bring back Mikkel Boedker or Shawn Matthais, both who are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1?
The Avs have some decisions to make.
Avs 2016 Draft Class
1st round (10th overall) Tyson Jost – 5’11, 190 pound Center
2nd round (40th overall) Cameron Morrison – 6’2, 200 pound Left Winger
3rd round (71st overall) Josh Anderson – 6’3, 205 pound Defenseman
5th round (131st overall) Adam Werner – 6’5, 198 pound Goaltender
6th round (161st overall) Nathan Clurman – 6’2, 198 pound Defenseman
7th round (191st overall) Travis Barron – 6’1, 188 pound Left Winger