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Report: Horvat Trade Talks Heating Up, Avalanche ‘Kicking the Tires’



Bo Horvat will be traded before the Mar. 3 trade deadline. And the Avalanche continue to sniff around.

According to a report from The Province, the Colorado Avalanche are one of the teams “kicking the tires” on Bo Horvat. They’ve been linked to Horvat all season long as they continue to look for an upgrade at second line center.

Whether they have the assets and cap space to pull off the deal is another story in itself. Having dealt two of their best defensive prospects season, they don’t exactly have a ton of capital to throw around. And would they want to send more assets away for a pending unrestricted free agent they might not be able to afford? There are a lot of questions they would have to ask themselves before making a big trade like this.

Either way, trade talks around Horvat and the Vancouver Canucks are heating up.

On his 32 Thoughts podcast, Elliotte Friedman said trade talks have “intensified” this week.

When asked about the Colorado Avalanche being involved, he said “I haven’t heard them, but that doesn’t mean it. It makes sense.”

The 27 year old center continues to have the best season of his career. With 30 goals on the year, he’s just one off his career high, and is on pace to shatter his career best in points. He is shooting 22.9%, so you have to expect that number to come down a bit, as it’s 8.9% higher than his career average.

Stay tuned to CHN for more updates as they come.

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Erik Peterssen

Too many articles saying too little.

Jeffrey Anderson

It’s what the trade rumor mill’s all about.

Glendon Gulliver

With Pacioretty getting hurt again, Carolina may now have the cap space to afford Horvat.

Victory Donald

Carolina seems like the Florida of last season. One and done in the first round.


Do what tampa did. Shut down landy until the playoffs and there is your cap space to pull off a deal for horvat, toews, Monahan, etc.

Jeffrey Anderson

I like it, and Monahan. He’s an affordable option that would fit well w Avs/Beds style of play. The front offices have a recent history of getting deals done.

Victory Donald

Avs should be able to find cap room for next season. With EJ’s $6M gone and Girard’s $5M gone that would help. Erod needs to be resigned he is so versatile to plug in from top to third line. The trade pieces could include Byram – hate to say. But his fragile state makes him a huge risk to the Avs and will be costly to retain in the future. The other is Newhook. But not both. In either case, Avs would benefit from Horvat. He is a very good player in both directions. And the Canucks what a reculture… Read more »

john jung

Girard is signed until 2027, so his $5M is not gone next season. Regarding who to re-sign, I much prefer the younger higher upside Compher and Newhook over Erod. When healthy, I have Erod as being the 8th most important forward. 1) MacKinnon 2) Nich 3) Rantanen 4) Landeskog 5) Lehkonen 6) Compher 7) Newhook 8) Erod or LOC Hopefully one of our prospects finally develop Foudy, Bowers, Kaut, Olauson, Ranta.

Matt Briggle

so many flaws in your logic here. first. EJ’s $6M is just getting transferred over to MacK’s new contract that kicks in next season, so that’s not on the table. Get rid of Girard and his $5M, fine. Who do you replace him with and what is that cost going to be? Need to re-sign Rodriguez absolutely, who replaces Compher? Because you can’t afford to pay both of those guys.


I’d wait until the off season or next year to make a bigger move. It’s been a weird season and I don’t know if I’d be giving up what little capital their is for a rental.

Glendon Gulliver

It looks like Pacioretty did retear his Achilles, so I would say that Carolina is the front runner for Horvat. They will have the cap space. Question will be if they have the assets that Vancouver wants.

Matt Briggle

I just don’t see the Avs being major players at this deadline. Sure there will be a small deal or two along the fringes to bring back JJ or someone similar for the playoffs. The only way I see them parting ways with any of their big assets (1st rd. pick, Behrens, Olausson) would be if they get a Lehkonen style of deal in which the player in return is a RFA or at least has a couple years of term left on a reasonable contract after this season.

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