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Avs acquire enforcer Kurtis MacDermid; Grubauer, Landeskog talks still ongoing



Sirens, whistles, BREAKING NEWS, the Avs have made a TRADE! Yeah, OK, calm down. The Avs acquired 6-foot-5, 233-pound defenseman Kurtis MacDermid from the Seattle Kraken today (hope you didn’t buy a MacDermid jersey already, Kraken fan) for a fourth-round pick in the 2023 draft. In other news, the talks between the Avs and Gabe Landeskog and Phillipp Grubauer are still happening, at least they were as of an hour ago when I got some information that they were.

MacDermid, 27, is pure depth material for the defense. I don’t anticipate him playing too much with the Avs, unless some serious injury problems occur (which, with the Avs, is probably a likely thing) or there’s a team they want a tough, intimidating enforcer to play against. Then again, who knows, maybe he’ll play a lot? The Avs won’t be pushed around as much when he’s on the ice, that’s for sure.

For the last two seasons, he was on the regular Los Angeles Kings roster, but didn’t play every night. He played 45 games for the Kings in 2019-20 and 28 games this past season. He had two goals, two assists, 36 penalty minutes and a minus-14 for the Kings this year. He did not have good puck-possession fancy stats at all.

He can fight though:

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I asked a guy who has been around the Kings for years, and he said MacDermid is a “great guy, great in the room, beloved by his teammates.”

A lot of people ridiculed the Kraken when they used their Kings pick on Kurtis MacDermid, but as we’ve now seen: two teams wanted him anyway, after being exposed by the Kings in the expansion draft. MacDermid is signed through next season, on a one-way contract worth $875,000. According to PuckPedia, the Avs now have $16,271,870 of cap space.

As for the Landy/Grubi situations: We still don’t know what’s going to happen, but the fact that the sides are still talking, to me anyway, is a good sign. Usually, the Avs never talk to a player this late in the free agency timeline if they don’t think a deal can happen.

We just gotta wait still.

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??? Not a small, slick moving defensemen ala Sammy Girard? Depth material? You mean the Avs couldn’t find anyone else to provide depth? Is this just a part of another deal waiting to happen? I’m stumped. Small cap hit but what for?

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Yan Girard

You have gotten your big defenseman. Now, you can stop complaining.


At least it seems to indicate a recognition of an area that needs improvement…now, as to the Krak…shows they had a plan going in and it may well work out for them…

Jared Moss

In joe we dont trust…… I’m lost… and for a fourth like okay maybe a 7th

Bob Neal

I’ll take that move any dayyy. Thank you Joe. What they’ve been missing for years.


I have heard on another avs pod that big is this guys only attribute. That 875k could have been better spent on a cheap free agent that didn’t cost a pick or one of our young guys that are going to play on the team this year. I do not like this trade. Maybe it is part of another deal. This one does not make sense.

Michael Fisk

I like to believe that the NHL has moved on from the days of the Broad Street Bullies and that Slap Shot is only a movie and not an accurate example of hockey in 2021. But then I see that TB lead the league in penalty minutes, fighting majors, fights per game and they are holding the Cup. So maybe there is something to this trade.

[…] enforcer this coming season in hulking defenseman (and possible forward) Kurtis MacDermid. The Avs acquired him last month in a deal with Seattle, and Joe Sakic said, in effect, that his team didn’t stick up for each […]

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