The Colorado Avalanche head into the 2013 offseason in a position where they luckily do not have to worry about too many free agents currently on their roster. But one player who was set to become a free agent has already been taken care of, as Patrick Bordeleau agreed to a three-year contract earlier this week.
While he’s not the type of player who’s going to come in and fix much of anything for the Avalanche, he’s a valuable piece of this team. He won’t contribute much on offense, but he brings a physical game to the mix, and is the type of guy that you like to have around in the locker room.
Bordeleau appeared in 46 games for the Avalanche, contributing only five points, including a pair of goals. Again, he’s not the type of guy who’s going to bring numbers to the mix. He’ll bring toughness and size to a lineup that overall lacks it. He’s the enforcer of this Avalanche club.
His 116 hits led the club, while he finished second in penalty minutes. He’s a massive body in the lineup, standing 6’6″ and over 220 pounds and has demonstrated a willingness to drop the gloves. The three-year deal carries a cap hit of just $1 million. About what you’d expect for a player with his skill set.
With Bordeleau locked up, the Avalanche now turn their attention to their other two unrestricted free agent forwards: Milan Hejduk and Chuck Kobasew. Whether or not the Avalanche will bring back one or both of the aging veterans, however, is something that remains to be seen.