Updates on the Avalanche – March 15, 2017
Should the Colorado Avalanche retain Gabriel Landeskog? Could the St. Louis Blues pursue Matt Duchene in the offseason? Read on for the latest.
BSN DENVER.COM: Adrian Dater recently urged the Colorado Avalanche to resist the temptation to trade left wing and captain Gabriel Landeskog. He feels the 24-year-old has shown true leadership during this difficult season for the Avs, working hard in every game, leading by example and earning the respect of his coaches and teammates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I know this isn’t a trade rumor but felt it’s worth noting. Landeskog frequently surfaced as a trade candidate this season for the Avalanche and will likely remain in the rumor mill when their season ends next month. He was often linked to the Boston Bruins, but the Avs asking price (which included a promising young defenseman such as Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy) was apparently too high.
One has to wonder if Avs general manager Joe Sakic shares Dater’s opinion. I would argue that the very points Dater makes for keeping Landeskog could make him attractive in this summer’s trade market.
What say you, hockey fans? Should the Avs keep Landeskog or move him for the best price this summer? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below.
STLTODAY.COM: During a recent live chat, Jeremy Rutherford was asked if the St. Louis Blues should make an offer for Avalanche center Matt Duchene. Rutherford replied that, during a recent trip to Colorado, a scout told him the Blues “don’t want Duchene. He’s a good-to-great player, but he’s not a leader and he’s not worth what a team would have to give up.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Duchene featured heavily in media chatter during the weeks leading up to the recent trade deadline. He was linked to the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators. While the ridiculously high asking price (a good young NHL-ready defenseman or goaltender, a first-round pick, a top prospect and more) was cited as the reason why he wasn’t moved before the deadline, it’s also possible some of those clubs shared the Blues assessment of Duchene.