Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Avs Sign Parker, Trade Boychuk

With so many key players potentially leaving this offseason, these were not the moves Avs fans were hoping for.

Parker Signs
The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Scott Parker to a one-year contract through the 2008-09 season.

"Scott Parker has been part of our team for many years," said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. "We're pleased to announce that he has decided to remain with our organization."

Source: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl

While the Avs were an astounding 25-6-4 with Parker in the starting lineup (since he was re-acquired), he isn't named Brunette, Svatos, Wolski, Sakic, Finger, or Liles so Avalanche fans are going to be disgruntled that this is the first bit of news.

I don't understand giving any money to a guy who really can't score (He has just 21 points in 308 games) and whose fighting skills could be replaced by the skills of Cody McLeod or Cody McCormick.

Avs Trade Boychuk
The Avalanche also announced that they've acquired forward Matt Hendricks from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenceman Johnny Boychuk.
Source: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl

I figured the Avs weren't going to sign Boychuk so at least they got something for him. According to the article on TSN, Hendricks spent all of last season in the AHL and that's the role he is likely to play on the Avalanche.

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