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Avs/Yotes Trade

via Adrian Dater tweet,

(Peter) Mueller and Kevin Porter to Avs for Wolski is official. Done

added 1:01pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski.

“Peter is a skilled young player who has a tremendous upside,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman.  “We feel he will be an important addition to our lineup.”

“Kevin will add more depth up front,” added Sherman.  “He spent some extended time in the NHL last season and we look forward to having him join our organization.” 

 

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Avalanche Trade Talk

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I believe the Avs are kicking some tires still and will make a decision on a deal or two by tomorrow morning. The obvious candidates to possibly be on the move are Liles, Salei and Svatos. TSN’s Bob McKenzie twittered that the Avs are listening to offers for Wolski, with Phoenix’s Peter Mueller being mentioned.

As bad as Wolski is playing right now – and it’s been bad -I don’t know if I’d give him up for Mueller, who has been a complete and total stiff with the Coyotes this year and pretty much has been for two solid years now, after a decent rookie year. If you think Wolski can be frustrating, Mueller is even worse. The Avs would want a reasonably high draft pick as well if such a deal were to happen, I feel confident in reporting.

I think there’s a minor chance the Avs might take a chance on Carolina’s Joe Corvo – a good power-play D-man. It’s possible the Avs might bite the bullet and sacrifice a Liles or (maybe) a Wolski for him. The thing with Corvo is, he’s in the last year of his contract and would be a rental player. The Avs would likely want a pick from Carolina, too, but Jim Rutherford doesn’t want to give up any draft picks, so I see a deal there as unlikely. I’ve heard plenty of whispers that San Jose might take a shot on Liles, with Douglas Murray possibly coming the other way, but I think it’s highly unlikely.

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Avs Developing Their Young Talent

from Kevin Weekes of CBC,

After broadcasting the Oilers-Avalanche game this past Saturday night, like most of you, I was amazed at the amount of great young talent Colorado had on display.

The real magic or the Caramilk secret to their upstart success this year and in years past starts, but doesn’t end, at the draft table.

Many teams draft players but the hands on the developmental process ends there or somewhere thereafter. They don’t always invest all of their resources into every young player they draft or acquire and this is failing these kids and the organization. It’s very small-minded thinking for sure.

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Why Joe Sacco Has Been A Success

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

What has been the rookie coach’s secret of success? It takes a village to build a good team, of course, and others deserve credit for Colorado’s resurgence — starting with general manager Greg Sherman’s midnight phone call to Craig Anderson when the free-agent season began. Can you imagine what the state of things would be around here if Sherman had, say, instead signed aging goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to the same bloated contract Edmonton did?

But I think the biggest reason Sacco has succeeded has been his flushing of a pass-the-buck atmosphere in the locker room. It’s hard to assiduously label a pro team, with so many variables that can happen. Sometimes, no matter how good the coach is, it just doesn’t work.

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Duchene In the Calder Race

from Dave Krieger of the Denver Post,

When I asked Duchene if he was paying attention to the Calder race, he grinned.

“Lately I kind of know exactly what’s going on because people are reminding me so much,” he said. “A lot of people are talking to me about it, whether it’s media or somebody back home or whatever. It’s something I can’t really get away from.”

A high-class problem to have. Duchene made this trouble for himself by scoring 14 goals since Thanksgiving to move ahead of the Islanders’ John Tavares in scoring, 37 points to 33. They are tied for the rookie lead in goals with 17.

Tavares was the first pick in the draft and the player to whom Duchene is most often compared. Their seasons so far have had opposite trajectories. Tavares started out fast, but has only two goals since Dec. 10.

Perhaps more of a threat at the moment is Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, who leads all rookies in assists (24) and is playing a key role on a division leader. People who are 6-feet-8 and also can skate are pretty rare, so Myers has that going for him.

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Would The Avalanche Trade For An Injured Souray?

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Do I think the Avs are trying to trade Liles right now? Yes, absolutely. Nobody will go on the record saying that, but a couple conversations around the league I’ve had about his situation lead me to believe the answer is yes. Do I know where he might go? No, not at the moment.

The trade I advocated the other day (Liles and maybe a pick to Edmonton for Sheldon Souray) would appear to be dead in the water now, with Souray out indefinitely with a broken hand. But does it have to be? The fact is, Souray probably would be OK to play by early March or so, give or take a few, and his acquisition would be for a late-season run and, if all goes well, two more years after that.

So, theoretically anyway, such a deal still could happen.

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Avs Fading?

from Dave Krieger of the Denver Post,

With the Avs now sitting sixth in the Western Conference, just four points from ninth, it seems a good time to ask a few questions:

1. Do Paul Stastny’s 11 goals and 48 points justify his $6.6 million salary?

Like it or not, Stastny is the Avs’ headliner for now, at least until Matt Duchene, 19, is ready to take the mantle from him. Yet Stastny plays more like a complementary player….

2. Is the all-rookie second line wearing down?

In his two seasons playing for Brampton of the Ontario Hockey League, Duchene’s high for games played was 64. Sunday, he played his 54th of the current NHL season, and the stretch run is just getting started.

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Does Souray In Colorado Make Sense?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

At this point to the season, I think it’s become clear what one remaining weakness of the Avalanche is, and one that needs to be addressed if it wants any shot at making and/or going deep into the playoffs: the power play.
Specifically, the Burgundy and Blue lack a point man with great PP quarterback abilities, one with a huge slap shot that makes the D back off and creates more garbage rebound goals for the forwards in front….

This is why I think the Avs should make a serious pitch for Souray, the Edmonton veteran. Yes, I know Souray is having a bad year and has had some off-ice drama as well. I know he’s 33 and a bit slow and doesn’t make a great pass out of his own zone. But I do know he still has one of the most feared slap shots in the game, and he can really play a mean, physical game down low.

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Ryan O’Reilly Part Of The Avs Success

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

As we all know, the Avs are one of the best teams in the Western Conference right now and certainly the biggest surprise of the season. Trotting out a lineup filled with green youngsters such as Matt Duchene, T.J. Galiardi, Brandon Yip and Matt Hendricks, the Avs are rolling thanks to a system employed by rookie coach Joe Sacco that results in constant pressure and speed.

And while we all knew about third overall selection Duchene, Colorado mined prospect gold in the second round of the 2009 draft as well when they tabbed Erie Otters center Ryan O’Reilly (not to be confused with one of the best Oz characters ever) with the 33rd pick.

A two-way center who dazzled with his board work early on in the season, O’Reilly has been an important factor in the team’s rise, something the teenager doesn’t take for granted.

“Every chance I get, I’m giving it everything I have,” O’Reilly said. “We have a really good system that we’re all buying into. Guys are winning battles for each other, backchecking for each other.”

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Ryan Wilson Out With Concussion

J.F. Jacques of the Oilers put a hit on the Avs Ryan Wilson Monday night.

Adrian Dater now reports on Twitter Wilson is out with a concussion.

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