What can the Avs do?
With the very recent acquisition of Kurt Sauer and Bob Boughner on defense and of depth player Darby Hendrickson, the Avs seemed to be good enough heading towards the playoffs. However with the Wings acquiring Robert Lang, and the return of formidable defensemen Derian Hatcher, could the Avs, still missing Peter Forsberg acquire one more player? And who could that player be that would fit in well?
A back-up goalie might be the best solution for the Avs. Aebischer is fine, but Sauvé still is a bit nervous in net and i don’t think he is ready to assume the high-pressured environment of playoff hockey quite yet. He is talented and will be a fine goalie, but for now i think the Avs could acquire someone like Artus Irbe, who could be acquired for almost nothing. Or how about a guy like Tugnutt, Steve Shields in Florida. Olaf Kolzig is a possibility but he could be out of reach because the Caps would want important prospects in return and it could undermine Abby’s confidance.
On defense, i think the Avs are set, so no need to change anything here. IT is on offense that i think the Avs could acquire one more player. WIth Forsberg being in and out of the lineup, the Avs should have a back-up plan in case Forsberg misses more time. A Guy like Todd Marchant or Andrew Cassels in Columbus could be a good deal. If the Avs really want to go all-out this year, they could inquire the Rangers and see what Sather would want for Kovalev ( imagine a Kariya-Kovalev-Selanne line) or even…yes Eric Lindros. Jeff O’Neill might be available but i have a feeling the Canes will ask for a guy like Tanguay, in which case Lacroix should hang up the phone immediately.
What could the Avs give? draft picks or role players like McCormik, Hahl or even a speedster like Marek Svatos who is injured at the moment. Or perhaps goalie prospect Peter Budaj in Hershey?
I doubt the Avs are done dealing, but like always Lacroix will surprise us ( if he deals) and come out with a trade none of us usually see coming, which probably means the players mentionned in this article won’t go to Colorado LOL.
Who knows what will happen, but one more player for Colorado should do it. They got grit, great defense, very solid goaltending and goal-scoring and clutch players. Should be a very interesting 2 weeks coming up.