Things are happening out there in the NHL trade market, with several deals having gone down the last few days. The Avalanche have not been a participant – yet.
The good news on Mikko Rantanen’s MRI last night might mean the Avs won’t be as big a player by Monday’s official NHL trade deadline. Chris Kreider remains probably the biggest fish out there on the market, but he’ll cost a pretty penny.
The Avs have to ask themselves a question: should we go out and get some bigger-name guys, guys we might not have been in the market for, in order to better have a shot at the Western Conference title? Or, do we wait for our own guys to come back from injury and go into the playoffs with, hopefully, a healthy team and not worry so much about the seeding?
Some stuff from around the league:
- In addition to reportedly being “in” on Kreider, the Boston Bruins may also be looking over Ilya Kovalchuk and Tomas Tatar (Boston Hockey Now)
- (I think the Avs may also be taking a good look at Tatar. He’s having a good year and he’s got a pretty good contract – $4.8 million cap hit this season and next)
- There seems to be some mild – or maybe more than mild – panic going on in Toronto (Sportsnet)
- Milan Lucic almost retired early into this season (Ottawa Sun)
- The Capitals got a hard-hitting defenseman in Brenden Dillon. That will make the Caps a bit meaner for the playoffs (Ottawa Sun)
- The St. Louis Blues had to go out and get another defenseman, Marco Scandella, from Montreal in the wake of Jay Bouwmeester going on long-term injured reserve. They paid a pretty steep price, according to one columnist (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- The Hockey News weighs in on the Avalanche’s deadline scenario (The Hockey News)
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