With the injury to Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly to have an obvious effect on the already terrible PK; it seems the Avs are desperately searching for the right chemistry to replace him. Tonight for the Vancouver game per Adrian Dater of the Denver post, TJ Galiardi is moving back to his natural position of center:
"Quick notes from the morning skate: TJ Galiardi back to center, to fill in for O’Reilly."
But what seems to be a temporary need, is in reality a long term problem for this team. Even with Ryan O’Reilly, the Avs PK has been dismal as what seems to be the consensus between the local media and fans. However, I have not seen Avs management, or the media presenting possible solutions to this problem. What could the Avalanche do to strengthen their penalty kill? Should the Avs trade for a veteran presence on the 3rd and 4th lines? Could the "Youth Movement" and lack of experience be holding back the penalty kill? With the NHL trade deadline quickly approaching (February 28th) do you believe the Avs will make a move and pull the trigger for an older, more durable PK expert in exchange for a player like Brandon Yip, or TJ Galiardi? Though, personally I would cringe to see us ship out Yip or Galiardi for anything less than a late 1st round or early 2nd round draft pick, I also understand the reality of the situation and the need to have a veteran presence in the locker room during a deep playoff push. So the question for all of you is; who would be a good target for a trade? Should the Avs do anything at all? Let’s discuss!