Category Archives: Colorado Avalanche
Given the situation, McLeod would welcome a trade if it offers himself a chance to play for a Stanley Cup contending team. He is under contract through next season, at a $1,333,333 million cap hit.
“We’ll see when that time comes,” McLeod said of the Feb. 28 trade deadline. “But I love Denver and my family is here. We love the fans and we’ll probably stay here when I retire. But at the end of the day, I want to win. I want a chance to win the Stanley Cup.”
“Now, if you’re asking about Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, from what I understand, teams have been told they’re not giving these guys because they’re panicking,” said Friedman. “If you want to come at [the Avalanche] with good, young defencemen or prospects, [they] are prepared to listen. But the packages are going to have to be big because they look at both [players] and see good players signed to good contracts.”
Duchene, Landeskog…name a core player and the rumors will be flying once the roster freeze lifts. Something has to give in Colorado.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 23, 2016
“I think the moment of reckoning is going to arrive here soon for Joe Sakic in terms of – he’s got to figure out whether he blows this up or not,” indicated NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun during a Monday appearance on Vancouver’s TSN 1040. “I’m not saying he will, but they’ve seen enough now to know that the team that surprisingly won the division a few years back is really the aberration, as opposed to what’s happened since, right.”
“You do have to look at some of the hot spots. Arizona might be one based on play. Colorado – 30th in the National Hockey League right now. Come on. There’s a lot that’s going to develop there from a speculative standpoint and there’s some big names that are going to be circled. No one is surprised that Matt Duchene’s name surfaces from time to time. I mean, that’s been the case for the past two-plus years. But this summer, believe it or not, I heard Gabriel Landeskog – the captain of the Colorado Avalanche – his name included in trade discussions as well.
“So I’ve got to believe that Joe Sakic is soon going to be willing to consider just about anything.”
This in, Oilers announcer and insider Bob Stauffer speculating as he does on the radio about who the Oilers might trade and who they might acquire, with Stauffer’s speculative interest today focused on Jarome Iginla of the Colorado Avalanche.
Said Stauffer: “In spite of the loss of Darnell Nurse the perception that Edmonton needs a right shot (d-man) I would argue that, yeah, they need a right shot, but the more pressing need is upfront and not on defence.
“He has said in an interview with Adrian Dater, who’s a local reporter down there in Denver, that last year he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause to move, but this year, the final year of his contract and possibly his career, he will consider doing it,” Elliotte Friedman said on Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment. “And the word is if he does want to go the Colorado Avalanche will search the market and see what the options are for Iginla to go chase the Cup one more time.
“But one thing I kind of did realize was that if Colorado is going to trade somebody, the name that a lot of teams want to talk about is Tyson Barrie. Now I don’t think Colorado is there yet. But he’s a restricted free agent at the end of the season with arb rights, and some teams can see how this might end up being a problem for the Avalanche.
If it’s true and Matt Duchene is available, the Leafs should be all over the Avalanche in trying to make a deal. The Avs need defence badly. I’d move Dion Phaneuf and Kadri for Duchene in a heartbeat and even eat a little salary if need be. Would you do that? Would Joe Sakic?
Avs would want Zibanejad and Chabot for Duchene. Duchene would bring the tempo and speed. Fit with Bobby Ryan.
— Shawn Simpson (@TSNSimmer) November 13, 2015
I’d been hearing a few rumors recently involving the Avalanche, rumors of Sakic calling around the league to gauge interest in any possible trades to help his club, which entered Thursday’s road contest with the Boston Bruins at 5-9-1, just one point ahead of cellar-dwelling Edmonton in the Western Conference.
A trade of Ryan O’Reilly also could land a defenseman.
Avalanche eyeing left-shooting defenseman in July 1 free agency