Joined: Feb 2018
Ian Cole and Erik Johnson are both penalty killing dman for the Avs who may miss the beginning of the season after off season surgery. Johnson for a shoulder and Cole for both hips. Connauton can play the PK. He does not need to be a workhorse, and for his contract and status, he won't be expected to be. The Avs leveraged what they had for some blue line insurance.
As for Soderberg, he will be able to get back to 3C position that seems more natural to him behind Stepan and Dvorak and the Avs can open up ice time for Compher and Jost down the middle. Also, as much as much as I like Big Ole Carl on and off the ice, he will turn 34 in the first month of the season, so maybe a role step back will be a good thing for his productivity in a contract year.
There really is no loser here. Both teams and players got what they needed.