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Paul Stastny patiently answered the same types of questions he has been hearing for days as the Wednesday 1 p.m. trading deadline approaches.
First, Stastny — whose $33 million, five-year contract is up after this season — emphasized he hadn’t spoken with his agent, Matt Keator, in the previous 24 hours and didn’t know anything new about where negotiations stood with the Avalanche.
A young team in the midst of its most successful season in years, the Avs are not about to trade away first-round draft picks or top prospects in their system with the kinds of trades the St. Louis Blues made Friday — when they acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from Buffalo in exchange for a boatload of young talent.
Here’s where it gets tricky, though: While the Avs cannot justify importing expensive rentals, as they could in the days of Ray Bourque, Theo Fleury and Rob Blake, neither can they be stuck in the situation of having essentially their own rental player on the roster beyond Wednesday in the form of top players with expiring contracts.
Parenteau, 30, has been rumored to be on the trading block, with some reports saying the Montreal Canadiens might give up defenseman P.K. Subban for Parenteau and prospect(s) or draft picks. Subban, 24, is a 2014 Team Canada Olympian who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent and will command a salary in excess of $6 million next season and beyond. Roy and the Avs don’t comment on trade rumors but Roy said Parenteau will be back playing for the Avs “soon.”
The Canadiens have reportedly turned down a trade that would have sent Colorado Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau to Montreal in exchange for winger Rene Bourque, according to Louis Jean of TVA Sports.
On to Ryan O’Reilly. The sense is teams would be pretty shocked if the Colorado Avalanche traded him during the season. Colorado’s got a good thing going and O’Reilly is head coach Patrick Roy’s kind of player and personality. He’s also one of the forwards – along with Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Paul Stastny – Roy’s usage indicates he trusts most in the defensive zone against the best competition.
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic has a big decision to make with centre Paul Statsny before the March 5 trade deadline
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic has a big decision to make with centre Paul Statsny before the March 5 trade deadline.
So here’s the situation if that happens: O’Reilly would be paid more than Matt Duchene. Or, more than anyone else on the Avs, assuming all things stay equal. Will the big-money fight between the Avs and O’Reilly — the one that saw him miss half of last season — happen again? Or, come Feb. 28, will they have already traded him and not had to deal with him anymore?
I’ve been told by a couple of teams that Rutherford is willing to trade anybody with the exception of centre Eric Staal and his brother Jordan Staal. Teams will certainly call about left wing Jeff Skinner, but he is one of the NHL’s top scorers and isn’t going anywhere.
Rutherford has been busy. Unlike some other GMs, he hasn’t sent out an e-mail to indicate all of his players are available and hung the dreaded ‘For Sale’ sign, but the talk is you can have pretty much have anybody on the Carolina roster with the exception of C Eric Staal, C Jordan Staal, LW Jeff Skinner or G Cam Ward. The Hurricanes are pushing for a playoff spot in the East, but Rutherford would like to make changes.
As noted by Ottawa Sun uber columnist Bruce Garrioch today – and this is something I’d heard as well – it’s possible that the reason why a deal fell through to bring Kulikov to the Avs is because of his contract status and the KHL. There is word that Kulikov might just take a big offer to go back to the KHL after this season, that he doesn’t love life in the NHL that much. More on that here:
It’s time to seriously look toward the trade market. One media report late last week said the Avs were interested in Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, the 14th player selected in the 2009 draft. He has been awful so far this season with the Panthers, but maybe a change of scenery under Roy’s guidance could get his once-promising career back on track. Still, if the kid can’t even stay in the lineup of the Florida Panthers right now (he was a healthy scratch last week), is this the answer?
According to ace Rogers Sportsnet reporter/podcast host Jeff Marek they are.
Marek, one of the hockey media people I respect a lot, said on the air that his sources are telling him the Avs have interest in Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, the 14th overall pick by Florida in 2009 – 11 spots behind Matt Duchene.
“The Canadiens have been scouting the Avs all year long,” writes Adrain Dater of the Denver Post. “While I don’t believe something ‘major’ is imminent, I do believe Montreal has targeted the Avs for a while now for something. It could be as little as trying to get John Mitchell, or something as big as a package involving Paul Stastny.”