The Colorado Avalanche have added a goalie and forward to the roster just before the NHL deadline on Monday February, 24th. On Monday morning the details of Colorado’s trades with the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs were brought to light, sending defender Calle Rosen back to Toronto for Maple Leaf’s goalie, Michael Hutchenson.
The Avalanche also gave up a 4th rounder in the 2021 draft for forward, Vlad Namestnikov (a player Joe Sakic tried to bring to Colorado last season from New York) who has 13 goals this season. The moves are a reflection of needs by Colorado as they head into the remaining leg of the season with a number of injuries including the health of goalie Philip Grubauer and winger Mikko Rantanen.
The Avalanche are trying to remain creative with their game rosters since Rantanen joined Matt Calvert and Nazem Kadri with injury. After losing three straight at home last week the Avalanche have bounced back despite injuries, beating the New York Islanders last Wednesday 3-1. Colorado picked up the pace over the weekend with wins over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night (1-0) and the L.A. Kings in L.A. on Saturday evening in a shootout overtime (2-1).
Colorado returns to Pepsi Center on Wednesday night to host the Buffalo Sabres. Colorado remains 3 points behind the Central Division leading St. Louis Blues. Both Colorado and St. Louis hold the number 1 and 2 spots in the Western Conference with the Dallas Stars just a point behind the Avalanche.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday night at the Pepsi Center. Sunday night’s game, was their first game since the trade that sent Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley to Minnesota. Denver lead through most of the game and both ex-Nuggets Hernangomez and Beasley had significant playing time but the Nuggets prevailed snapping a two game losing streak.
This week the Denver Nuggets are at home to host the Detroit Pistons and head to L.A. to face the Clippers on Friday night. The Denver Nuggets are currently in second place in the Western Conference 5 games behind the Conference-leading L.A. Lakers.
This Friday’s game against the Clippers is significant, since L.A. is only a half game behind Denver and hopes to unseat the Nuggets at number 2.
The Denver Broncos are still at the negotiation table with defensive back Justin Simmons but are expected to franchise tag the Pro Bowl safety if negotiations stall. This will give Denver the opportunity to keep Simmons without losing him to free agency.
While Denver looks to hold on to players in free agency they are also looking pretty with $62 million in cap space.