I'm going to skip the summaries for the last two games - games in which both Joe Sakic and Paul Statsny were playing in. Lets skip to the deals the Avalanche made in the TRADE DEADLINE 2008.
PETER FORSBERG IS BACK
Peter the Great is BACK folks! Francois Giguere signed Peter to what will amount to a one-year, one-million dollar salary.
Thoughts: The Avs give up nothing for a guy who can help ignite the power play. It's the ultimate low-risk / high-reward situation. If nothing else, this is a great PR move for all of the Colorado fans who want to see Forsberg retire as an Av. Welcome home Foppa.
ADAM FOOTE IS BACK
We're going to party like it's 2003! Adam Foote, the great shutdown defender in Avalanche history was trade to the Avs for a first round pick and a fourth rount pick which will only be given away if Foote re-signs with the Avs.
Thoughts: It's great to see Footer back with the Avs. Fans were calling for a guy who could clear out the front of the net. Although Foote isn't as good as he was in 2003, he will provide some much needed physical play and will be a joy to watch in Colorado.
Avs Acquire RUSLAN SALEI
The Avs traded Karlis Skastins and a third round pick to Florida in exchange for defensman Ruslan Salei.
Thoughts: Salei and Skrastins are very similar. Salei has a better offensive game and will be a tad more physical. It's a good move, although, I wish we could have kept that third-round pick.
Obviously, the lines will be completely different once all of these players arrive.
Remembering that Clarke is out for the year:
Obviously this is all just speculation. The defensive pairing are particularly hard. The way I have it, each pairing has an offensive and defensive guy. I'd expect Foote and Hannan to possibly be switched. Salei will almost defintely be on the third pairing, along with Cumiskey.
Sauer and Cumiskey will almost certainly be the spares. Sauer has played well this season but I can't see the Avs sending down Finger, who has been terrific this year. Likewise, Cumiskey will be sent down as well.
TONIGHT vs Calgary
What a day folks! I'll be back tomorrow with the rest of the trades and a game summary!