Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Avs Take On Shattenkirk, Stewart, and the Blues Tonight!

What a bizarre title. What a bizarre picture.

If you had told me at the beginning of the season that the Avs were going to trade away Scott Hannan, Colby Cohen, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Chris Stewart, I would have called you crazy.

I would have called you crazier if you had told me that the Avs would be in the midst of a ten-game losing streak in February.

But that's where we are.

Never has the "curse of the former Avs" been more threatening than tonight. We gave St. Louis two offensive threats, and I'll be shocked if one of them doesn't get a mark in the goal column tonight.

The Avs, now a distant 11 points out of the 8th spot, are basically playing for their spots on the team. Colorado management is taking notes on who is quitting on this team, and you can bet that they won't hesitate to move ANYONE.

Dater went so far as to say that not even Paul Stastny is safe.

There will be riots if that move occurs.

For my money, these are the Avs that I think should absolutely stay:

-Stastny
-Duchene
-O'Reilly
-Hejduk
-Winnik
-McLeod
-Johnson
-Liles
-Gaunce
-Foote

I believe everyone else (despite how fond I've grown of guys like Yip and Jones) is expendable. Some might argue that a guy like O'Reilly or Liles could bring in a big return, a return that is bigger than their perceived worth.

I argue that Liles has given everything he has to this franchise. He's stepped up this season to become the steadiest defenseman on the team, and he deserves to stay.

O'Reilly is the perfect third line center for this club. A defensive specialist and a penalty killer. (Despite the Avs penalty kill being putrid this season.) His offensive game will need to catch up eventually, but he still has many years for that to happen.

The Avs aren't done. I just hope they don't screw up.

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