February 15, 2009 11:29 AM
Avalanche trade rumors
The Avalanche is sinking fast, so it's no surprise that so many trade rumors are making the rounds.
Hockey Night in Canada claims the Avalanche is shopping Ryan Smyth, and there has been plenty of speculation that Brett Clark and/or Jordan Leopold could be dealt.
There is even a rumor about Ian Laperriere, though I find that one hard to believe.
Smyth has been one of the team's best players, and it's not like the Avalanche can afford to deal anyone with the ability to score. Plus, he has another three years to go on a big contract.
Clark has been a major disappointment for a guy pulling down $3.5 million -- he has another year left on his deal -- and Leopold will be an unrestricted free agent.
Whatever the Avalanche does, it needs to acquire a legitimate No. 1 goalie this summer. Peter Budaj and Andrew Raycroft are not the answer.
If that isn't obvious to management by now ...