Trade deadline extended.. guys on the block

Trade deadline extended to Friday , March 2nd.

Vancouver has Craig Anderson, goaltender on the block.

Canucks looking to take another title






Well, on that note…. Flyers on the block

Sharp, Hossa, Backes, Moulson, Parise, Soderberg, Gologoski all available.

Moulson is a PP specialist (14 G, 11 on the PP), 3/2/3, k pass

Backes 4/4/4 K pass
Parise 4/3/3 L pass
Hossa 4/3/4 K pass
Goligoski 3/2/3 L pass

Looking for picks in return



Avalanche on the block

The Colorado Avalanche are exploring interest in dealing goaltender Tuukka Rask. Rask has a .915 save pct and 2.23 GAA and is putting up stellar numbers in the NHL this year. We are looking for draft picks and or an impact player in return

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Colorado preview

Colorado continues with the management mandated youth movement, but the fan base needs to see a drastic improvement from their basement finish last year.  So a few big moves occurred to get the fans to fill the arena.
First, the draft was quite exciting as Colorado won the lottery and chose Auston Matthews first overall.  He is expected to contribute immediately and Matthews provides the true “superstar” this team has lacked and desperately needed.  He is joined by a handful of draft picks that won’t see much ice time this year in second round picks Josh Ho Sang and Michael Matheson. Ho Sang is considered a high risk – high reward type pick while Matheson adds some depth at a weak LD position.   Third round pick Nick Schmaltz is another project expected to develop in the farm.  Jordan Weal was taken in the fourth round and is expected to be a breakout player this year in Philadelphia.  He will get his 23 games in on LW covering for Domi.  Ryan Spooner was then moved for another fourth round pick that brought in defensive prospect Anthony DeAngelo.  Two fifth round defenseman selections created roster additions of both Scott Mayfield and Markus Nutivaara adding depth to the weakest position on the team.
Secondly, speaking of star power, the Avalanche added a super sniper in Steven Stamkos. Colorado traded two first round draft picks in 2018 for him as the team hopes he can rebound from injury shortened seasons.  Although Stamkos can only play in 17 games this year, the team is deep in prospects and needed some immediate help.  Stamkos adds a bona fide one –two punch up the middle with Matthews once he recovers from his injuries.
Third, the Avs waved goodbye to first overall pick Nail Yakupov as they released him from contract prior to the free agent draft.  Management continued to grow impatient with the young Russian’s development and decided that Yakupov was not involved with the team plan going forward.  The additional roster spot was filled by free agent veteran Ron Hainsey to add depth to our defense corps
Trades of forwards Reilly Smith and Alex Killorn will create roster room for the youngster to strut their stuff.  The projected first line has newly drafted first overall pick Auston Matthews centering a line of Nik Ehlers on left wing and Jonothan Drouin on the right.  The second line will have my cousin Vinnie Trocheck between 30 goal man Rickard Rakell on left and Marcus Johansson on the right side.   The third line has Ryan Johansson who loves to dish the puck between 30 plus goal scoring machine Anders Lee and versatile Brock Nelson.   The fourth line has RNH centering Max Domi and Sam Reinhart.   This youthful group should be able to score goals, although defending could be a bit of an issue as the kids continue to develop.
The defense is also taking shape, although it is more through trade than the farm.   Ryan Pulock and Chris Bigras who were drafted last year as well as Derrick Pouliot who was drafted the year previous are taking a little longer to percolate than originally anticipated. Brady Skjei was obtained in a deal for Victor Rask and will pair up on the top d-paining with defensive specialist Adam Larsson.   Nik Hjallmarsson obtained in a deal for Alex Killorn will skate on the second pairing with Jared Spurgeon.  The third pairing still up for grabs between Barrie, Vatanen, Matheson and possibly Hainsey  who figures to get games on both sides of the ice.  Maatta will need a year to regain his touch and will see a lot of practice sessions and views from the press box, while Anthony DeAngelo, Markus Nutivaara and Scott Mayfield will all spend a season in the minors to hone their skills. Without any first round picks in 2018 this group of young d-men will need to fast track their development in order to make the jump to the show next season. The Avalanche desperately need them to be ready for action in short order.  So overall the Avalanche have an average defensive squad to begin this season, but one that should be better than last year and with lots of promise for the future.
The goalie situation remains the same with Rinne and Rask holding down the fort. Hutton is also still on board as a third stringer should the situation arise.
Management is quite content with the way the team is taking shape but a few pieces are needed to be true contenders.  The short term goal is to make a bid for a playoff spot this year and let the kids experience what it takes to play post season hockey.  Is this a lofty dream?  We will have to wait and see but Coach Roy says “playoffs are in the picture.  Anyone who would like to disagree will not be heard, because I have two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears”
Kevin – Colorado Avalanche

Colorado’s Perron on the block

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Avalanche management are putting David Perron on the trading block. His 4-2 card with 4 penetration, K passing and 5 intimidation can play either wing. Colorado is looking for a draft pick in return for his services. He had 17 goals and 24 assists last year. He could really help a team as a depth scorer. Will consider all serious inquiries.

Kevin Anton -Colorado Avalanche

Blues on the block

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Blues looking for an upgrade at LD. Right now the third spot is held by Jake Gardiner who I think might be a JK passer and 2 defense.
Looking for a JK 3/4 defense, or JKL passer on that side who can play the powerplay.

Blues can move the following players to find that piece or draft picks for next year.

Anti Niemi, .914 save percentage, 61 games
Mike Smith, 62 games, .904
Marian Gaborik 27 goals in
Drew Stafford, winger, 43 pts 76 games, 2nd liner in Winnipeg
Jeff Petry, 2nd pairing dman in Montreal, a 4 defense the last few years, slipped to 3 this year. Thanks Edmonton!
Ryan Ellis, 27 points, 58 games, RD, just 24
Ryan Murphy, 22 years old, 13 pts in 37 games.

Looking for later round picks for

Mason Raymond, 23 pts in 57 games

Mikhail Grabovsky, 19 pts in 51 games, 3rd line center Islanders

Sean Bergenheim, 19 pts in 56 games


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Avalanche Spring Training report

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Colorado Roster Update

Coach Patrick Roy addressed a media conference today regarding the outlook oft the Avalanche team for the upcoming season.

“We are extremely pleased with the direction management has taken with our club” quoted Roy. “We had an aging defense corps last year with a crop of young forwards. We have now added youth and depth to the back end. This will not be an overnight fix by any means, but we are looking at building something for the future that will last a few years.”

Prior to the draft, the Avalanche swung two deals to assist with the lack of depth at defense. The additions of defensemen Tyson Barrie and Olli Maatta have provided the Avs with two legitimate top 4 d men. Albeit Maatta will have a limited role this year, big things are expected in the future from this Finnish rearguard. Add in first round pick Derrick Pouliot, who will not see any action this year, and we have the making of a real good crop of defenseman that will join Giordano, Spurgeon, Alzner, Larsson, Vatanen and Hickey. The Av’s last pick in the rookie draft, Adam Clendening, will also spend the season in the minors refinning his game

The goaltending will be just fine with a trio of Finns keeping biscuits out of the basket. Rask, Rinne and Raanta will all get opportunities to display their skillsets and should keep most games close while providing the Avs a chance to win on any given night.

The rebuild continues up front as 8 of 10 draft were forwards. At an early camp skate, it appears that Ryan Johansen will center between Anders Lee and Marcus Johansson. Line 2 has the Nuge between Frans Nielsen and Alex Killorn while the third set has Carl Soderberg skating with David Perron and Reilly Smith. Zemgus Girgensons, Brock Nelson and Nail Yakupov will toil on the 4th line. Ryan Spooner will pick up some games at center while newly drafted Rickard Rakell and Victor Rask will also see a few games. The Av’s have high hopes on draft choices Chris Tierney as welll as Jiri Sekac and Vincent Trochek. They will be expected to be the top line on the farm this year with intentions of promoting them to the big club next year. Other bigger projects involve Lucas Lessio – a power forward with scoring ability, Nick Shore – a player with speed and great vision, and Ronald Kenins – a shifty forward who may turn out to be the surprise pick of the draft, but we are not holding our breath!

“We are coming out of camp with an attitude of playing hard every night. If all works out, we will be in the playoff hunt, but our goal is to work, work, work and let the players continue to develop through games and situations. Our goaltending should gives us a chance every night, but our forwards will have to be big overachievers for us to have an opportunity to play past the regular season. We have a great young core of players that should continue to improve every season. I hate to sound like Babcock, but this rebuild will take time.”

Kevin Anton