Colorado Avalanche Must Trade a Defenseman Before the Playoffs

January 28th, 2012 by Patrick Olsen Leave a reply »
The Colorado Avalanche has a problem teams love to have: They have too many defensemen in the young variety.

Currently, the Avs have eight defensemen on their roster and two more who will be ready next year. Tyson Barrie may already be good enough. The needs the Avalanche have are scoring and wingers, and they have the pieces to bring a top player to Denver and could maybe bring back their first-round pick.

Jan Hejda—Under contract for three more years and should be in Colorado for the remainder. He is not the piece to go

Kyle Quincey—Restricted free agent (RFA) at the end of the year. He has skill, speed, size and a shot that always seems to get through traffic. This is a player that could bring back a great player from a team in need of defense. The 26-year-old could be on his way out in favor of the up in coming prospects. Any team would love to have him.

Erik Johnson—Pending RFA will not go anywhere. The Avs paid big to get him from St. Louis last year in order to have a top defenseman for years to come. Number 6 is only 24 years of age and has tremendous upside. Look for him to be on the top defense pairing in the p ...

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