The two signings cost the Avalanche in the neighbourhood of $50 million over the next four and five years. Smyth will add an instant punch to the Avalanche line-up when he skates with Joe Sakic and Scott Hannan will provide some solid minutes in most situations.
With all this depth now, the Avalanche look like they can compete with the other four teams in the Northwest Division into a playoff spot. It's going to be a tough fit to get three teams (let alone four) into the playoffs, but the Avalanche are definitely going to try.
Marek Svatos *
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