Mark Kiszla: Dealing Avs’ Matt Duchene a smart idea

This hockey town isn’t big enough for Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly.

Three outstanding centers are one more than Colorado needs.

Somebody needs to go.

Somebody needs to be bait for the well-known, top-scoring, fed-up wingers on the NHL trade market, Bobby Ryan of Anaheim and Rick Nash of Columbus.

The Avs have a need for somebody to put the puck in the net and a happy surplus of playmakers.

So what’s Colorado general manager Greg Sherman going to do about it?

Whenever the Avs lose two in a row, fans automatically take out their frustration on Stastny, whose rock-solid (and often boring) work on the ice never matches the expectations of his $6.6 million salary.

But here’s a different take: Duchene is the center who makes the most sense for the Avs to trade.

His flash would be an easy sell for a GM in another market. At 21 years old, his potential stirs the imagination. His new two-year, $7 million contract is easy to digest under the salary cap.

2 Responses to Mark Kiszla: Dealing Avs’ Matt Duchene a smart idea

  1. HABSdomination says:

    Would be their biggest mistake in history. Unless they could pry Bobby Ryan AND a 1st round pick for 2013. And even still…. i think that kid is awesome.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      for Ryan and a potential top 10 pick? Absolutely. Anything less than that, don’t even bother.

      It is that simple. At least it is for me.

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