DENVER - Avalanche beat writer and source of all hockey knowledge Adrian Dater reported in his critically acclaimed blog this morning that the NHL had indeed rejected a deal between the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes that would have brought Colorado's wayward son Wojtek Wolski back home to the Mile High City. Dater was forced to delete the blog post minutes later, as hit-men allegedly from Gary Betman's office surrounded his house armed with sharp hockey sticks and Darren McCarty jerseys.The deal reportedly would have sent Peter Mueller, Kyle Cumisky, Ryan Wilson, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Stoa, the Avalanche's first and second round picks in 2011, their first and third round picks in 2012, as well as future considerations to the Coyotes in exchange for Wolski, and the funds to install a comfortable new bench for those in Joe Sacco's dog house to sit on. The NHL released a statement to the press saying "The NHL cannot stand for these one-sided deals. Colorado would have completely robbed Phoenix in this trade. Come on, General Managers...are you posting on HFBoards or something?"
Avalanche GM Greg Sherman went on record before the deal was struck down saying, "It was a deal I absolutely could not pass up. Bringing Wolski back to Denver will be great not only for the team, but for the city. Pierre Lacroix and I have been talking, and you all should look out for a brand new Avalanche advertising campaign feature Wojtek."
An unnamed source in Sherman's office hinted that the Avalanche General Manager would have done the deal without the funds for the new bench, but Avs cheapskate owner E. Stanley Kreonke stepped in. The Coyotes organization would not budge when Kreonke asked for a 10% share in the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.
The future considerations that the Avalanche would have sent to Phoenix had the NHL not rejected the deal reportedly focused on any possible re-signing of Peter Forsberg. Apparently, had Forsberg come back in the wake of this trade, 1. he would not been allowed to pass the puck during games against the Coyotes, and 2. the Avalanche would have to reveal to the Coyotes what injuries Forsberg is currently nursing so that they would best be able to do the inevitable deed of benching the Swedish star until his next round of come-back rumors.