Avs’ Sakic on lack of major moves: ‘I like my players’
DENVER — Joe Sakic’s team languishes in last place. His players, though, remain first-rate.
That’s the feeling of the Colorado Avalanche general manager and why he didn’t make any major moves at the trade deadline Wednesday except dealing Jarome Iginla to Los Angeles for possibly one last playoff push.
After all the trade rumors, captain Gabriel Landeskog and forward Matt Duchene remain with the Avalanche — for now, anyway. The offseason may bring a different tune.
Sakic and the Avalanche (17-41-3, 37 points) didn’t completely sit on the sidelines as they sent Andreas Martinsen to Montreal for Sven Andrighetto, a 23-year-old forward who scored two goals in 27 games with the Canadiens.
But the team’s biggest move was intended to help someone win elsewhere: Sakic accommodated Iginla by sending the 39-year-old forward to the Kings for what may be his final chance at a Stanley Cup title. In exchange, the Avalanche received a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018.
With the Avalanche buried in the standings, the trade rumors frequently swirled around Landeskog and Duchene. Both were anxious to have this day come and go.
Asked if he was going to say anything to them, Sakic said: “I don’t really have to tell them anything, to be honest with you. They’re my players and they have been the whole time.
“I’m sure I’m going to have conversations with both of them,” Sakic added. “It’s the business. I’m not the one who’s out there throwing names around. I don’t do that. I keep discussions internal.”
They can exhale for the moment. The days leading up to the NHL draft could bring a fresh wave of rumors, though.
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