When Mark Barberio went on waivers back in February of 2017, the Colorado Avalanche used their spot high atop the pecking order to bring him to Denver. He would make his Avalanche debut two days later on a defense that featured Eric Gelinas, Francois Beauchemin, Cody Goloubef, Patrick Wiercioch, and Nikita Zadorov. While they won that game 5-2, looking back on that group it isn't hard to see why they finished last in the NHL.
Fast forward to today and only Barberio and Zadorov are still in the NHL, let alone still on the Avalanche. Barberio had a chance to leave last summer but chose to stay when the club offered him a two-year deal worth $2.9 million. For a player who had bounced around a bit before landing in Denver, the contract represented security but to him, it was an opportunity to continue to play in a place that has become home.