Who's the Odd Man Out on Colorado's blueline?
Tomorrow night the Canucks play the Avalanche who will be intorducing Jordan Leopold in the Colorado jersey. With his presence, that being a top 4 dman, someone is likely to be traded. But who’s going?
John Liles is not likely to be traded; for years Liles has been groomed to lead the blueline. Karlis Skrastins is an unbelievablely under-rated dman, leads ALL players in most consecutive games played and is always one of the leagues top shot blockers, so he’s staying put. Brett Clark has been a nice suprise these past two seasons, he’s able to produce offensively and doesn’t play recklessly in his own zone. Then there’s Klee, the player everyone thought would be a utility player, turns out he’s leading the team in +/- and averages 20 minutes a game. Don’t forget about Brisbois, even though I’d like to, this is the guy I would want moved. His constant defensive lapses are inexcusable for someone making 2.25 M a year. But unfortunatly, most teams aren’t going to want that contract with Brisbios’ current play.
So who’s the odd man out? That would be Ossi Vaananen. A very good defensive player and hitter. He’s only 26 and is under the 1 M mark. The potential for him to be a top defensive dman is there, the question is can he stay healthy? Even though his health is a question mark I’m sure there are numerous teams out there that would want Vaananen, possibly for a prospect, or high draft pick.