After the Avalanche acquired Matt Hunwick from Boston yesterday, I speculated that this meant the end of either Ryan Wilson or Kyle Cumiskey in Colorado.
Turns out I was wrong.
Goodbye Scott Hannan. Good luck in Washington.
Hello Tomas Fleischmann, #14, 6'1", 192 pounds, Left Winger/Center, scorer of 23 goals and 28 assists last season.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Scott Hannan.
Fleischmann, 26, has tallied 10 points (4g/6a) with a +3 plus/minus rating in 23 games for the Capitals this season. In 2009-10, the Koprivnice, Czech Republic native set career highs in goals (23), assists (28) and points (51) in 69 games for Washington.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Scott Hannan for his services to our organization and wish him the best,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “In Tomas we are acquiring a top-six forward who is only 26 years old. His addition will bolster our lineup immediately.”
The initial thought of giving up Colby Cohen and Scott Hannan (two semi-physical defensemen) in two days is mind-boggling. I was certain that this team couldn't get any smaller. Obviously I was wrong. Yeah, there was a definite need to ship one of the d-men because, as of today, the Avs now have eight potential starters (once Cumiskey returns).
For now, we're likely to see Joe Sacco roll with seven blueliners:
Liles, Foote, Hunwick, O'Byrne, Shattenkirk, Quincey, Wilson
They're certainly getting younger.
The newest addition to the Avalanche roster (sorry Mr. Hunwick, you only got that title for a day), Fleischmann was having a down year, with only 4 goals and 6 assists, on the absolutely stacked Washington Capitals.
The fans at Japer's Rink seem to like the move from Washington's perspective.
From a Colorado perspective, it seems pretty clear from Sherman's comments that he's focusing on improving the team RIGHT NOW. The Avs didn't address the need for a top left winger in the offseason and early on, they've suffered the consequences.
Due to these injuries, their hand has been forced.
Fleischmann is certainly intriguing. 23 goals is nothing to sneeze at. Last season, it would have tied him with Milan Hejduk for third on the team.
He is speedy but small, and he has never played more than 75 games in a season.
Fun Fact: Last year at the Pepsi Center, Fleischmann netted 2 goals
Only time will tell with these deals. They could end up biting the Avs royally. Hannan was a warrior, providing a lot of of leadership and solid defense in his brief period with Colorado.
I'll never forget the hoopla surround the signings of Hannan and Smyth a few summers ago. That experiment is over. Best of luck to #22 in Washington.
Avs-Thrashers tonight. Will Fleischmann be in the lineup? If so, does he play with Stastny or Duchene?