NHL Trade Deadline: 5 Deals The Colorado Avalanche Should Consider
5 Deals The Colorado Avalanche Should Consider
There could be some new faces in the burgundy and white within the next month.
The NHL Trade Deadline is on Mar. 5, and there are many teams that have to make a decision depending on if they are going to acquire players for a playoff run or begin rebuilding a little bit earlier. One of the teams that is looking to acquire for a playoff run is the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche are sitting in third place in the Western Conference's Central Division only trailing the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks. There is no doubt that this team has become one of the league's most surprising and is perhaps in the discussion of returning to the Western Conference elite. They have a great goaltender in Semyon Varlamov and have gotten a lot of support on the offensive and defensive side of the puck from Matt Duchene, Tyson Barrie and others.
The Avalanche are led by captain Gabriel Landeskog and appear to be a team of destiny as they are searching for their third Stanley Cup in franchise history. So, why would the Avalanche become buyers at this stage of the season? There are a few things that this team could work on. One glaring weakness is the chances they give to opposing teams. They allow an average of 35 shots on goal this season. That is quite a few opportunities the opponent is getting in a game, so that is something to work on.
This team has a lot of talent but could use some minor improvements if they want to go far in the postseason. Here are five deals I believe the Avalanche should consider before the trade deadline.
5. Find A Deal Involving Paul Stastny
Paul Stastny has been one of the better players for the Avalanche this season as a center, but can the franchise afford his contract once the season ends? There is a good chance teams will be looking at Stastny and see him as a valuable weapon in the offense and on faceoffs. If they can get another player who won't be as expensive, the Avalanche should consider it.
4. Acquire A Defensive Player
As I mentioned earlier, the Avalanche are allowing quite a lot of shots on goal. Before the trade deadline passes, they should consider finding a defensive player who is not afraid to get in front of the puck, block some shots and play a solid amount of defense to lower those shot totals. Andrew MacDonald could be a solid choice in this spot, but any defensive player who can fill that void would help either way.
3. Trade for Ryan Callahan
This could be a stretch since the New York Rangers are contenders for the playoffs as well, but stranger things have happened. Ryan Callahan could be a great assist to the Avalanche because he has speed which is what the team is known for this season. His ability to create chances in front of the net should benefit the team if they can find a way to pull this deal off.
2. Trade P.A. Parenteau
There have been rumors going around that a trade involving P.A. Parenteau could happen, and I believe that it should happen. While a good hockey player, he has been battling injuries as of late and was even a healthy scratch a couple games after returning. There was no reason behind the scratch, but the team was performing better with him out.
I believe he will be a great asset to another team if he gets traded somewhere else
1. Trade for Jaromir Jagr
This could be a move that would make a lot of sense to a lot of fans. Having a veteran presence on a team with a lot of young players could be the boost the Avalanche need to make a run in the playoffs. The only thing that could stop this from happening is if the New Jersey Devils start to become contenders and would rather buy than sell. There is no mistake that Jaromir Jagr could certainly help the Avalanche, but the overall question is how the next month of the season plays out. Jagr could be the missing piece the Avalanche need in order to have a shot at the Stanley Cup.