Monday, December 15, 2008

Avalanche need to trade Clark

Clark should be the Avs biggest trade chip.

He leads the league in blocked shots and Adrian Dater of the Denver Post had a post suggesting that the Avs may trade Clark for Montreal goalie Halak, JaroslavJaroslav Halak.

Brett Clark gets paid 3.5million this year and next to be a above average defenseman who blocks shots. His offense is highly overrated. He has also become expendable as Daniel Tjarnqvist has really stepped up in the absence of Adam Foote.

Halak on the other hand is an excellent goalie. He's young and more importantly not named Andrew Raycroft or Peter Budaj. Not to mention he will only make 750 thousand this year and 800 thousand the next.

Budaj has played well but I really don't see him as anything more than a pretty good back up goalie. Halak would get a chance at full time work with the Avs. Honestly, the Avs are rebuilding and need to dump salary.

Also, the Avs need to dump Darcy Tucker's 2.20 million this season and 2.3 the next. Hopefully, a team in desperate need of grit and lots of cap space. The Avs really only need a draft pick in return. Tucker has become really expendable as Chris Stewart and Cody McLeod have played well. Additionally, when a team has those two guys plus Ian Laperriere and Cody McCormick why did the Avs sign Tucker? At least we didn't sign Jeff Finger to 3.5 million over 4 years so I guess its a good trade of overpaid players (for the Avs anyway).

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