Avalanche Shake-Up Roster at Deadline, But Questions Linger

March 3rd, 2010 by James Crider Leave a reply »
The dust has settled and the 2010 NHL trade deadline has passed.

In a year where players like Ray Whitney, Dan Hamhuis, and Thomas Vokoun were rumored to have been dealt, the biggest named shipped out today was arguably Colorado's Wojtek Wolski, who was sent to Phoenix in exchange for forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter.

And, in a last minute deal, the Avalanche acquired former player Stephane Yelle from the Carolina Hurricanes, along with forward Harrison Reed, in exchange for a sixth round draft pick and forward Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll.

Going into the deadline, there were clear short-term and long-term needs. The short term needs included adding another top six forward, preferably a left wing, and solving the log jam on defense; the long term need was finding a number one defenseman.

None of these needs were met.

Colorado did acquire another top six forward—Mueller—but also lost one in Wolski, who's clearly having a better season. In addition, this trade further kills any kind of depth the Avalanche have at left wing, with the only remaining players at the position being Cody McLeod, David Koci, Chris Durno, Ryan ...

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