Do NHL teams really need to be hot going into the playoffs? Not exactly, but that doesn't mean a slump is acceptable, either.
As the calendar turns and the temperature drops, hockey's absence becomes more and more apparent. Children will get over it, but will grownups?
GMs have been conservative in NHL free-agent singings, but have managed to pull off shrewd moves.
Don't worry, the Avalanche have plenty of offense for the postseason.