Francouz isn’t a starter but he was injured, too. Played until he couldn’t anymore. Had he or Gru been healthy, the Avs would likely have won that series.
While neither Timmins nor Byram are likely ready take on a role with the Avs, Zadorov is too expensive for his role and should be traded.
The Avs can probably re-sign all of Bura, Nuke, Graves and Jost for less than $13 mil and can find a cheap veteran to play 3rd pair for pretty cheap. They can also slot a guy like Kaut into the lineup – he’s ready.
So, they do have money to go after Hall if Joe thinks that’s what they need or they can spread that money around a bit and get a solid 3C then move Compher to the wing. If they move more money out by trading a guy like Donskoi, they’ll have even more flexibility. It’ll be interesting to see what they do.