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Colorado Takes a Big Gamble

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

The Colorado Avalanche made a bold but also potentially devastating goaltending move today, acquiring Semyon Varlamov from the Washington Capitals. But what a price. The Avs surrendered a first- and a second-round pick in order to get Varlamov, who was hurt for a big part of last year and essentially lost his starting job to Michal Neuvirth with the Caps.

Colorado was 29th overall in the NHL last season and could easily be bad again next year, meaning Washington could theoretically end up with the No. 1 pick in a draft that will feature lots of high-end talent.

It is a gamble on a couple of levels…


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Chris in A^2's avatar

Varlomov is not worth a top 3 pick, and that’s what it will be.  This isn’t even the worst trade that they made in the last 6 months, dumping Anderson for nothing and the blockbust with the blues where even worse.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 07/01/11 at 11:41 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

Big gamble = big mistake: Colorado’s only ticket out of their mess is through the draft. Did they hire Mike Milbury when we weren’t looking?  The Avs would be so much better off losing now to win later.  Varly for a potential 1 or 2 overall pick….wow.  I almost feel bad for the Avalanche fans.  Almost.

Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 07/01/11 at 11:41 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

I don’t get Colorado. Coming off a fluke playoff appearance, they hardly spend anything in an attempt to rebuild. Then, they make this trade. Either you’re rebuilding or you’re not.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/01/11 at 11:43 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

I like Varlamov.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/01/11 at 11:50 PM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

It wasn’t a complete fluke, they had some serious young talent on that team.  Now half of it is playing in St. Louis.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 07/01/11 at 11:52 PM ET


i would like to see ray shero deal with Colorado… these guys are clueless.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 07/02/11 at 12:15 AM ET

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