Thursday, July 14, 2016

Joe Colborne Autographed Card

I mentioned earlier this month that Joe Colborne had signed with the Colorado Avalanche for the next two years after the Calgary Flames elected not to tender him a qualifying offer that they felt may have been a tad high for a player who hadn't shown his worth over a full season yet.

Some analysts aren't convinced he can sustain his late season production in the long term, but in the Avs' defense, it's just a two-year gamble at only $2.5M per, on a 6'5", 215-pound (i.e. skinny but heavy) forward who has played on all four of the Flames' lines last year and, thus, can be slotted anywhere depending on whether he fulfills expectations or not.

Colorado has pretty much every type of skill set up front to complement whatever it is he brings to the table, so it shouldn't be too much of an issue. Provided they get out of their own zone, because as was the case last season, the Avs' problem is that they're still missing at least two quality defensemen who can get the puck out from their defensive zone and push the play forward.

I remember being impressed with how tall he was (I'm 6'2") when I met him and had him sign card #145 from In The Game's 2010-11 Heroes And Prospects in blue sharpie:
It shows him wearing the Providence Bruins' white (home) uniform.

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