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How the Avalanche Improved their Core

Most people liked the Johnson trade, but some didn't (most notably Peter Stastny). I thought it was a great trade for both the Avalanche and the Blues. Comparing the team now to the day before the trade I think the core of players is a lot better now then it was back then. They replaced Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk with Eric Johnson and Gabriel Landeskog. This is a lot better of a pair if you ask me for many reasons. Shattenkirk was a good offensive defenseman, but he was bad defensively. Johnson is a more complete defenseman. He can play on the powerplay, he is physical, and he is effective on both sides of the puck. I see Landeskog as a similar player to Stewart. He might not be as good as Stewart next year, but Landeskog has potential to have a better career. Something that really sets them apart is that Landeskog is known to be a hardworking, good character player and always give a great effort (he was compared to Mike Richards). Stewart did not show this. After he got back from his injury he showed a complete lack of effort and when the team fell he stopped playing with heart and just didn't look like he cared. I don't know if it is true that he was involved with teammates wives, but it seemed like the team got dragged down when he came back. A very important factor with these two players is that they are leaders (Adam Foote was a good captain, but the team did lack leadership). This is something they did not get out of Shattenkirk and Stewart. I know Landeskog was not part of the trade, but I think overall the team is better after the moves they made. The Blues got two great players, but I'm talking from the Avs perspective. When you talk about the trade itself I think it is a win for both sides. In the long run I think that the Avs are a lot closer to being a contender than they were the year before.

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