Erik Johnson Traded to Colorado Avalanche from St. Louis Blues

February 19th, 2011 by Kevin Goff Leave a reply »
The Colorado Avalanche have made a big late-night move, trading Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and a second-round draft pick to St. Louis in exchange for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a first-round draft pick.

I'm not quite certain what to make of this trade, especially since the Avs were supposedly so determined to "build from within" after last year. 

Obviously, the addition of Erik Johnson is a very good one.  Johnson was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006.  In 203 career games, he has 91 points (20 goals and 71 assists).  He's only 22 and has a lot of good years ahead of him.

Johnson is 6'4" and 232 pounds, bringing some size and toughness to a defense that has been overmatched and dominated all year long.  It would be nice to see somebody who doesn't get pushed out of the way like a rag doll ever time an opposing player comes to the net. 

The perplexing part of this trade, to me, is Chris Stewart.  At the start of the year, Chris Stewart was figuring to be a major fixture in this lineup for a long time.  He led the team in goals last year, and was on pace to do it again at the time of ...

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