In 2014 the Colorado Avalanche appeared to be on the verge of something special. Patrick Roy was coaching the team and they had a young core of talented forwards like Nathan Mackinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly. They also received good goaltending from Semyon Varlamov. Despite being eliminated from the playoffs in the first round many believed that the Avalanche would take the next step.
Fast forward to now, Patrick Roy quit before the season began, O’Reilly and Stastny were traded, and Duchene is unhappy coming to the rink every day. It is time for the Avalanche to rebuild, in order to do that Landeskog and Duchene must be traded. Colorado’s management has failed to address the defense and this is the result being bottom of the league. Joe Sakic took over as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations in 2013. Since then Colorado has drafted 12 defense men. They have combined to play 31 games. That is not good enough.
I would try moving Duchene and Landeskog to teams making a playoff push, and teams with defensive prospects that can help sooner rather than later. Teams like the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, or New York Islanders. Joe did great things in the mile high city and he must face the facts, his teams is a dumpster fire in need of a rebuild.