Liles just signed a 4-year contract with a no-trade clause. The franchise wants to build their defensive core around him. And I dont blame them: he has tons of potential he is just begginning to tap.
Once Sakic and Foote are gone (and I feel they will retire within this year or next), the vetern leadership will be given to Hejduk and Smyth. Hejduk I feel is in the same boat as Sakic – he will play out his entire career in an Avs jersey – and I dont want to see him go anywhere else.
Stastny is, as expected, going to be the future Captain of the Avalanche. The organization is building around him, Stewart, Jones and Wolski. I do feel that Wolski is part of the Avs plans… but they are being cautious with him.. he continues to sign 1 or 2 year contracts with the team in the hope that he does unload his potential… but so far we have onyl seen flashes of it. These low contracts he keeps signing may be so that he could be easy to trade if need be.
Clark, Leopold, Salei, Cummisky and even Hannan I feel will all be gone in the coming years. The Avs do have a lot of good prospects that are defencemen (Shattenkirk, Montgomery, Cohen) that will impact the roster in the coming seasons so I can't see those guys staying, except maybe Salei or Hannan. The GM of the Avs really seems to love those two guys…
Lapperriere, McLeod and McCormick I feel will be the Avs' checking line for years to come.
That leaves Svatos, Arnason, Tucker, Guite, Hensick, Willsie as the forwards who could be dealt.
Budaj and Raycroft HOPEFULLY wont be with the team next season. Ifwe have to sign one, I hope its Raycroft.
Other then that, ya, the Avs really dont have much to deal with. Svatos, Leopold and Clark are probably their top trade bait.
However, if there was a deal that would send Kovalchuk to the Avs for Wolski then I would do it in a heartbeat.
Perhaps something like this?:
To ATL: Wolski, Leopold, Hensick, Budaj/Raycroft, prospect(Mongomery), 1st rounder
To COL: Kovalchuk, Lehtonen, late round pick or prospect