With the Stanley Cup Finals going on, it’s a slow news month for the Avs right now. Other than the signing of Tony Granato, everything else is speculation and “want to” right now.
In the want to category, Theodore wants to come back to the Avalanche. From the Rocky Mountain News:
Jose Theodore wants to continue his career resurgence in Colorado, and it appears the feeling is mutual.
Theodore’s agent said Wednesday he expects to talk with Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere soon about a new contract for the 31-year- old goalie, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Francois and having discussions with him,” agent Don Meehan said. “Jose’s priority would be to be back in Denver. We’ve expressed that to Francois, and they’ve indicated they would like to have him back.”
Indicated? Perhaps at a serious discount. This sounds like Agent Speak 101 to me. Frankly, I think Jose just wants a job next season, and they are going to be few and far between. Remember Robert Esche, anyone?
Though Theodore and the Avalanche are eager to work out a deal, it might not be that easy. Theodore just completed a three-year, $16 million contract and could test the open market to gauge his value in what could be the final long- term contract of his career.
I would love to see Theo test the open market. If he truly had any off ice value, then the Avs are going to be the on;y ones who know about it, and the only ones who might pay him for it. Other than that, I hope Jose was able to save some of that paycheck from the last few years. He won’t be getting another one that big. Ever.
Before focusing on Theodore, Giguere still wants to find out whether captain Joe Sakic and forward Peter Forsberg will return for another season or retire.
It’s good to have your priorities straight.