When he held his press conference following the loss in Game 6, Joe Sakic mentioned that his plan for the Colorado Avalanche is to stay the course. The team blew away expectations this season, and some thought that it was a sign that the “re-build” should be accelerated. The Avalanche were clearly ahead of schedule, so maybe they’re closer to being a contender than we thought. Maybe the team was ready to get a little older and make a push up the standings next season.

It’s good to hear that Sakic doesn’t feel that way.

The Avalanche were the youngest team in the NHL for most of the season. Their core groups is all in their early-20s (or younger), and it sounds like Joe is going to keep it that way.

While the front office plans to stick with the long-term build, there is still a lot of work to be done this offseason in order to maintain the growth curve. Who knows, the Avs will likely do something big that nobody saw coming, but for right now we’re just looking at the things Sakic & Co. absolutely must do this summer. Joe has a pretty long to-do list while getting ready for the 2018-19 season.

Sort out RFAs

This summer’s list of restricted free agents isn’t overly worrisome.

Matt Nieto has proven his value to the team as a strong checking winger on Carl Soderberg’s line. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got another $1m extension.

The only other forward is Nail Yakupov and it’s safe to assume the team won’t qualify him. As fun as Yak was, there just isn’t room for him on this team.

On the back end, Duncan Siemens and Patrik Nemeth are both pending RFAs. I could see a short-term extension for both of

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