Originally posted by jrg:
Originally posted by VaBeachNiner:
Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk, and future 2nd round pick to the Blues.
Avs get Erik Johnson, Jay McClement, and a future first round pick.
Avs prepping for the future, cant blame them. Lack of defense has hurt them.
Not too sure how to feel about this. You guys have the best young defenseman in the game. 1st overall pick, Johnson. Don't know much about the 2 guys we got in return.
I was hating on this deal at 1st, but now I had time to sit on it, I love it...
EJ was having a s**te year. He does have a ton of potential, but the way Pietroangelo has been playing, he can slide right into that #1 spot (and really, he's been playing a lot better than EJ all year anyways).. We add Shattenkirk who can fill in those PP minutes that EJ leaves and while Shattenkirk isnt as big, he's been playing just as well defensively and has potential to improve that aspect.. He went 12th overall his draft year and was captain of US JR's and his NCAA team. Stewart is a big PF who has 9 goals in 8 games vs the Blues. Throw him on a line with Backes and you have 2 big physical guys who can bury 25/yr. Before he broke his hand in a fight, he was playing real good hockey.. On top of it, we flip 1st/2nd rd picks, but if its a top 10 pick, we keep the pick and make the flip next year. Add in the depth we have on the blueline in (Nikitin, Cole, Strachan, Oystrick) D-Man became expendable. And we managed to bring in a 25-30 goal scorer and a QB for the PP who is still developing (rare and pricey in today's NHL)