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3 Trades that make the Avalanche Better Now and Later

I'll just get started because no one reads the intro anyone

FIRST TRADE: AVS and LA KINGS

Colorado gets: D Jack Johnson, G Jonathan Bernier, LW Dustin Penner, 3rd Round Pick

LA Kings get: C Paul Stastny and D Shane O'Brien

This trade gives Colorado what they need most. A scoring left winger, which I fully believe Dustin Penner would return to out of the pressure of LA, an extremely talented team that needs to win a Cup soon. A powerplay captain in Jack Johnson. Yes, I know his +/- is bad, but he's only going to get better. And Jonathan Bernier will be the answer at goalie now. And later. Columbus has Steve Mason, so why would they want Bernier? Becuase franchise goalies don't grow on trees, and if the Avs have another shot at one, you have to take that. There is a very very good chance Varlamov or Bernier will be a franchise goalie by mid-2013, so the other is expendable next year.

SECOND TRADE: AVS and Sharks

Colorado gets: C/LW Joe Pavelski

San Jose gets: G Jean Sebastian Giguere and LW Daniel Winnik

OK, I might be just making this one up. But it makes sense for both team. Antti Niemi can be fantastic and horrible at the same time. He'll make 30 amazing saves and let in 4 cheap goals. Giguere provides stability to a team that might have Rick Nash to compete for the Stanley Cup this year. Giguere has been great for us, but he is revived and we should not be selfish and waste what could be his last good year. Winnik is a 3rd line throw in to put icing on the cake.

And Joe Pavelski is an absolute sniper. A good mix with Duchene and Hejduk on a top line to replace Stastny if he is in fact in LA.

THIRD TRADE: AVS and ST. LOUIS BLUES

Colorado gets: RW Chris Stewart

St. Louis gets: RW David Jones

Oh no, not St. Louis again right? Well, when you look at it, we won the St. Louis trade, despite contrary opinion. Erik Johnson is a solid Top 3 defensemen, McClement is a solid grinder on the 3rd line, and Duncan Siemens will be a great, physical, mean, nasty, Rob Blake-like defenseman. St. Louis got a Chris Stewart, who has struggled, and oof course the great pickup in Shattenkirk.

Both right wingers are struggling to return to form. Putting Stewart back with Duchene where he had his best years would do him a favor, and I think TJ Oshie and David Jones would get along just fine. Besides, they owe us big for Elliott.

So what do you think? Am I nuts? Would you welcome these trades? Let me know and follow me on Twitter @austins_57

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