The Colorado Avalanche suffered a big loss today, announcing that our heart and soul, our captain, Joe Sakic, will be on the shelf for AT LEAST 6 weeks with a herniated disk in his back. Ouch.
Alright, so let the rumors begin. With Joe out, the Avs have to shake things up...but how do they go about this?
One option is to stick with the current team and promote from within. For example, Stastny stays as the #1 center, add Wolski as the #2, and then have either Arnason or Hensick as the 3rd, and McCormick as the 4th. The Avs could even dip into their deep prospect pool and pull up a guy like Ledin or even Stoa, who's having a terrific year.
Should the Avs decide to make a trade instead, who should they consider? It depends.
If the team feels they can score but will need help replacing Joe's defensive game, then you might seem them go after centers like Stephane Yelle, Sammy Pahlsson or even John Madden.
If the team feels it needs offensive help I could see them looking at centers like Robert Lang, Jarret Stoll or possibly even Mike Cammalleri.
Any of the guys listed above would provide some much-needed leadership to this team too; something we're missing a lot without Joe, Darcy, and Adam in the lineup.
I know there are rumors out there that claim the Avs are interested in Max Afinogenov. As much as I would love to get this kid, is another inconsistent-type player one that we need? I would say no, unless he is part of some sort of package deal or something. To give up a guy like Brett Clark, our current shot-blocking leader, for Max...I hope not.
Anyways, what do you guys think? Should we keep the current team, reshuffle things and see how it plays out? Or should we try to pull the trigger on a trade? If so, who do you think they will target?
as always: go avs go!