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Avs/Blues Trade While Many Of Us Were Sleeping

from TSN,

The St. Louis Blues have traded defenceman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a conditional first-round draft pick to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Chris Stewart, rookie defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional second-round draft pick.

The draft picks could be used in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but there are conditions that could change that. If the Blues end up with a Top-10 draft selection, they can choose to transfer their 2012 pick instead. If that occurs, the Avalanche will also send their 2012 second-round pick to the Blues instead of their 2011 pick.

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added 9:32am, ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired former first round draft choices Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a conditional 2011 or 2012 second round draft choice from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a conditional 2011 or 2012 first round draft choice.
“We’re very excited to acquire a young emerging power forward in Chris Stewart and a top young NHL defenseman in Kevin Shattenkirk,” said Armstrong.  “These are two solid young players who will help us now as we continue to grow and improve our team.  I would like to thank Erik and Jay for their service to the St. Louis Blues and wish them nothing but the best of luck.”

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced tonight that the team has acquired defenseman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a first-round pick in either the 2011 or 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the St. Louis Blues.  In return, the Avalanche gave up the services of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, forward Chris Stewart and a second-round selection in either 2011 or 2012.

 

“We are excited to be adding a top young defenseman in this league, a player who will have an impact on our blue line for several years to come,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “In addition, Jay McClement brings six years of NHL experience and will compliment our young hockey club.  He will also have an important role on our penalty killing unit.”

“Moreover, the acquisition of an additional first-round draft pick represents a valuable asset and is a key component of this overall package,” added Sherman.

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  Tags: chris+stewart, eric+johnson, kevin+shattenkirk

Comments

Primis's avatar

Are you serious?

This is a joke, right?  An early April Fool’s joke?

Why on EARTH would either of these teams make this trade?

Wow.  Just… wow.

Posted by Primis on 02/19/11 at 12:41 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Colorado must have be trying to drive off the few fans they have left.  This deal makes no sense at all.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 02/19/11 at 12:43 PM ET

Avatar

This was one of those literal jaw-drop moments.  Stewart was absolutely on his way to becoming one of the top power forwards in the league.  Maybe the Avs became disenchanted with his attitude or conditioning since coming back from injury this year?

As someone who really started to like the Avs for their youth, exuberance, and style of play last year, it’s kind of sad to see the way this team has been mismanaged and dismantled this year.  They’ve been ravaged by injuries; you chalk that up to a tough year.  Why did Sherman tear apart an already weak defense this year, too?  He looks like someone without a plan.  The deals this week really show that.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 02/19/11 at 01:28 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

I was in shock. Definite head scratched from both sides.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 02/19/11 at 01:44 PM ET

Guy Legend's avatar

I still can’t believe the Blues gave up on EJ, even though he’s been dissapointing thus far.  The Blues got a great return back.  This will be one of those trades that will be analyzed for a long time.

Posted by Guy Legend on 02/19/11 at 03:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

If anything, I’m shock the B’Lose gave up Erik Johnson.

It just proves you cannot rush your young players too soon.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 02/19/11 at 03:01 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

The Anderson trade made me think his knee wasn’t in as good a shape as we’d been led to believe.  No one knows a player’s injury issues like their own team’s doctors, typically. 

This trade on top of it- which seems on the surface to be a second head scratcher- makes me think they’ve decided a change in the locker room is needed, for some reason.  I sincerely hope this trade comes back to bite both teams in the ass.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/19/11 at 04:52 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Stewart has a bad reputation for half-efforts. I saw Sacco chew him out more than a couple times when they were both in the AHL (in Cleveland). Still, this seems like a shake-up trade. St Louis gets a great forward and a really solid young prospect. Colorado gets a good D-man, which they’ll need when Foote retires.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/19/11 at 08:01 PM ET

Primis's avatar

St Louis gets a great forward and a really solid young prospect. Colorado gets a good D-man, which they’ll need when Foote retires.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/19/11 at 06:01 PM ET

Honestly?  I see Stewart as another Backes (whom they already have of course, and isn’t their real need), and Shattenkirk as EJ except not even that developed or polished.

I’m not sure what the point of this deal was for either side.  They say whoever gets the best player wins the deal.  Nobody’s sure who the best player is yet, but…

Posted by Primis on 02/19/11 at 09:36 PM ET

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