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The NHL trade deadline came and went yesterday with lots more action than anyone probably expected — save for maybe Roberto Luongo — but one team that didn’t exactly cover itself in glory was, not surprisingly, the Colorado Avalanche.
Puck Daddy gave the Avs, and GM Greg Sherman, a D+ for their lack of doing anything noteworthy at the deadline despite the fact that they’re dead last in the West (which, by the way, is quite a feat, because they’re in the same division as Calgary). That sounds about right. Ryan O’Byrne to Toronto for a pick, and decent defensive prospect Cameron Gaunce to Dallas for slightly younger, similarly-decent left wing prospect Tomas Vincour. That was it. Sherman didn’t try to unload any of those other contracts he’s been rumored to be trying to offload for some time now.
This is an appallingly bad team with numerous not-great contracts on it. Not that teams are lining up to acquire David Jones and his laughable $4 million a year through 2015-16 cap hit, but making any attempt to shed some of the worse deals weighing down the roster at the deadline — when it’s a seller’s market — seemed more advisable than waiting until the summer. By the way, as if to really show just how off-his-rocker Sherman is in thinking this team is good, he saw the calls he received from other GMs/vultures interested in some of his players as further evidence that he has a solid core in place and should not pursue the wiser course of action of selling anyone off. Even Jay Feaster isn’t that dumb, but one supposes it goes back to “intellectual honesty,” and Sherman is as bereft of that as his team is of playoff hopes.
Fortunately for Avs fans, he doesn’t seem long to hold his seat of power atop the Avs organization, and rightly so, but to say he’s bad at his job is one thing. To say he decided to stand pat is entirely because he thinks this is a team that can succeed at some point in the near future shows he they need to take him out of that office posthaste, preferably Hannibal Lechter-style so he can’t pick up the phone and extend Milan Hejduk for another year.
If he thinks there’s a solid core there, he’s probably not totally wrong, but at the same time, a great way to build around that is to make player transactions and offload some dead weight. That he didn’t do that, well, it underscores why he’s gonna get the axe this summer.
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