Saturday, July 4, 2009


Adrian Dater, according to TSN's Darren Dreger, reports that the Avs have traded Ryan Smyth to the Los Angeles Kings for defensemen Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing, along with a 5th-round draft pick.

It's 2:39 am in Philadelphia and I just happened to check the Avalanche blogs before going to bed. Crazy news.

Bits of Dater's article:
Not sure any of you believed me when I wrote the other day that Kroenke is INTENT on shedding payroll, but maybe after this trade you will believe it more. Hannan, Clark or Salei should be the next domino to fall, at some point…
Assuming that Preissing and Quincey are being brought to the Avalanche to play, that means one or both of the three guys listed above will be gone before the season begins. It could also mean that Kyle Cumiskey doesn't get his shot in the NHL.

(Kyle) Quincey had BACK SURGERY in April. That is one reason why the Avs told me tonight this deal is NOT OFFICIAL until the players pass a physical -
Ugh. So the Avs learned nothing from the Jordan Leopold saga. Trading for injury-proned defensemen is not a good idea.

Preissing? Totally awful year last year. You can look at it a couple ways: he was part of a terrible organization last year and things didn’t work out, and he’s really much better than that. Or, he’s well on the downward slope.
I'm inclined to believe that Preissing's terrible play was due more to the terrible play of the Kings as a whole. We saw how many Avalanche players truly stunk last year. It could be the same with Preissing. Still - not encouraging words to read.

Like I wrote before, Stan Kroenke is of the belief that this team needs to be dismantled and put back together through youngsters via trade and the draft. Yeah, there might be a forward picked up in the coming days, but don’t count on anybody like Dany Heatley.
Dater also added earlier that the replacement wouldn't be Dany Heatley.

Who is still out there that plays left wing? Kyle Calder? (Gross.) Stephane Veilleux? (Boring.) Bates Battaglia? (Please, never again.)

Do the Avs try to sign an RFA? Nikolai Zherdev? (Weak.) Benoit Pouliot? (Not worth it.)

I'm kind of pissed that the Avs couldn't squeeze a guy like Frolov or Williams for the man they call "Captain Canada,"


With absolutely no depth on the left side, one must assume that the Avs are counting on Stastny-Sakic as the top two centers with Wolski playing left wing on the top line. Though many have assumed Wolski would get the chance to start the season as center, a ridiculous lack-of-depth will probably make that impossible.

There's an another possibility of Sakic moving to the wing, and having a Stastny-Duchene 1-2 punch down the middle. Unlikely, but possible.

Though Ryan Smyth never lived up to his huge contract, he was consistently the hardest working Av for the past two seasons. He never took a night off, and if he had been used properly - that is, in front of the net while the defenseman took shots from the point - I'm convinced that he would have had an even bigger impact on the team.

His 6.250 million dollar cap hit comes off the Avalanche books, but Quincey and Preissing bring a combined 3.275.

The Avs still have to sign Joe Sakic (and there is every indication that Joe will return for a 21st season) and if Dater is correct, the Avs will still cut more salary in the process.

The current depth chart now looks like:

Jones - Stastny - Hejduk
Galiardi - Wolski - Svatos
Tucker - Hensick - Stewart
McLeod - Willsie - Koci



I'm not sure who is going to score, and I'm not sure who is going to play left wing, and I'm not sure who is going to play center.

I am, however, 100% that Ryan Smyth is no longer an Av. The Francois Giguere era has come to a screeching halt and the Greg Sherman/Rebuilding era has officially begun.

Now that the analysis is done, let me be honest....


We're getting rid of a guy who actually played with some heart. We're getting rid of a guy who was one of the only men to perform (cue the "that's what she said" joke.) We're getting rid of a guy who didn't complain about playing on a terrible team. We're getting rid of a guy who played through pain, who played with tenacity, who played the game with respect.

Trade Svatos. Trade Clark. Trade Hannan.

Don't trade Ryan Smyth.

We sign David Koci and then we trade trade Ryan Smyth. Really?

Most GMs want to sell tickets.
No Lappy. No Smyth. This team will be as boring as last year's in both performance and media.

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Magnum said...

I don't think this is the end of the Avalanche dealing, and I really don't think management would trade Smyth unless they knew they had another player (Sakic or Duchene) who would get behinds in the seats.

Geoff Rosenthal said...

Avalanche attendence has been on the decline the past few years - even with Sakic.

When Forsberg and Foote came back, there was a temporary boost, and that's all there will be with a Sakic return or a Duchene debut.

The only way to permanently fill seats is to win.

Hopefully they sign a top-6 forward at some point, but I'm not hopeful.

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