Kariya may play next week, Konowalchuk deal long planned

The Avs did not place LW Paul Kariya on injured reserve. His wrist is not injured to the extent previously thought. He could be back in the line up within a week.

In an interview in Friday’s Denver Post, Pierre Lacroix explained that the Avs have been trying to obtain Konowalchuk since the end of last season. “After last season, we called and got involved in talking with them. They weren’t ready, because he was kind of their bread-and-butter and blood guy. He had been there a long time.”

Lacroix described Konowalchuk as “a rare kind of player, a rare blend. He has experience and can play on the first line and can kill a penalty, play on a checking line. He’s that kind of guy. There are not many of those guys.”

Lacroix further explained why highly touted prospect Jonas Johansson (2002 first round pick) was expendable. “Johansson came to two camps, got an injury, and the overall consensus of our group was that there is a risk factor with him. We acquired a third-round pick in this deal, and we would have lost him for nothing. We were not going to sign him. That was our decision.”


8 Responses to Kariya may play next week, Konowalchuk deal long planned

  1. titans says:

    Whew! Thank god Kariya’s back soon! For a minute there I wasn’t sure if the Avs would be o.k. without him! I mean without Kariya who on the Avs would score the goals? Lucky break for Colorado!

  2. AvSfAn01 says:

    In case you didnt notice..they have 5 other world class forwards who are more than able to fill the void

    and they did just that against the oilers (6-1).

  3. Avs2K4 says:

    DUDE……it’s people like you that make Avs fans look like total morons…..he was being sarcastic…..jesus

  4. Avs2K4 says:

    DUDE……it’s people like you that make Avs fans look like total morons…..he was being sarcastic…..jesus

  5. avsfan19-33 says:

    How come no one else left comments except Avs fans? I guess they’re jealous of our amazing team…lol.

  6. markodj says:

    readers ignore news on powerhouses like nashville, columbus & phoenix for the same reason….. lol….

  7. commonwealth says:

    As perdicted by any smart hockey fan, Kariya not out for the season, Konowalchuk can now go to the line with Nikolishin and Dan Hinote. You have to like this deal whether your an Avs fan or not. We dump off a load like Battaglia and get rid of a rookie who wasn’t going to be signed, and in return get a vetran player in Kono. At first I thought Pierre might have just been watching Melrose on NHL 2Night and took his advice in aquiring some of that “grit” but it turns out this deal’s been going on for awhile now. Good thing about being an AVS fan is we all know Pierre isn’t done yet….

  8. TC_4 says:

    Hey WildWing, what did I tell you??? Good trade for the Avs. Battagilia is not anything like what the Caps needed.

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