Summer Skate: Colorado Avalanche

Milan Hejduk has been steady, but age will eventually force his career into the shadows. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with Colorado. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Summer Skate -- Colorado Avalanche

Colorado came crashing back down to earth after a Cinderella run in 2009-10.

Expectations in Colorado have been tempered as a result, although Greg Sherman's various maneuvers this summer, including the acquisition of Semyon Varlamov for a first-round pick, indicate management is not satisfied with sticking to the status quo.