I'd agree with you........if we played in the east. The west is just way too tough and we'll have a hard time making it with our current d-core.
Luckily, I'm thinking we'll be adding signing/trading for a top-4 d-man.
No more top-4 guys, the Avs need a legit top pairing guy (leftie) to pair up with EJ. Honestly, if that is the only move the Avs make this summer, I will be perfectly content. I agree that the west is tough and the Avs need to drastically improve on the blue line. As for offense, the Avs are decent enough to be competitive in that regard, especially with the late additions of McGinn and Downie. They will grow, mature, and develop chemistry as a group. But on D... eesh. PLEASE add a top pairing leftie, Sherman. PLEASE.