Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Avs Trade Quincey for Steve Downie

Welcome your newest Av, he of 53 career goals (252 games) and 638 career penalty minutes. He comes at the expense of one of Colorado's most reliable defensemen, Kyle Quincey, who has been having a solid bounce back campaign in 2011-12.

For a team that is in DIRE need of top six forwards (specifically, a winger that can put the puck into the net), Colorado didn't exactly fill the need with Steve Downie. Downie, 24, has 12 goals and 16 assists in 55 games this season, along with 121 penalty minutes.

His best season came in 2009-10, when he scored 22 goals and was a +14 for the Lightning.

It's a puzzling move for the Avalanche. Rumors have been swirling about Philadelphia's James Van Riemsdyk and Columbus' Jeff Carter, both of whom would have given the Avs the goal scorer they so desperately desire.

Downie, on the other hand, is really nothing more than another second or third liner to throw into the system. Listed as a center, Downie has spent a lot of time playing on the wing, and on the plus side, isn't afraid to get dirty and throw his body around.

But it's still mystifying that the Avalanche used Quincey, one of the most valuable trade commodities on the team, to land a player that will likely not make any more of an impact than 10-15 goals a season.

Downie, like Quincey, will be a restricted free agent after this season.

Well this changes things. Sort of.

We all know that the Avs lack a first round pick this year. We all know that first round picks can be quite valuable.

Apparently, Kyle Quincey = a first round pick. But the Avalanche only were able to come up with Kyle Quincey = Steve Downie. Steve Downie < first round pick.

The Avs got crappy value from this deal, a trend in the Sherman era of GMing.

More later.

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