Still think there is an ok chance at Semin. I just don't think the club has much faith in Hejduk right now, and expect him to play a defensive role on the 4th line, rather than a scoring role on our three scoring lines.
In regards to transition, that is certainly a problem (I called for the Avs to sign a PMD last year), but the Avs look like they are building more of a dump and chase, high forecheck squad, to where I'm not as worried about having a quick transition game. I do think that the Avs need better passing out of their zone, and I can think of at least three defensemen on the roster who are terrible at it.
I like the Parenteau signing. He's basically a healthy version of what Mueller was supposed to be with us. He put up 70 points and according to Islanders fans he only played with JT about 60% of the time.
On the PP is where he'll be vital. He's a guy who can set up down low on the opposite side of Stastny since he is RH and dish passes.