Colorado Avalanche Roster Updates

This has all been mentioned in various parts of this and other sites, but I thought it worthwhile to gather it in one place.

Per Dater (via Twitter), the following has happened:

1. David van der Gulik has been placed on waivers. Before anyone freaks out about this, it was necessary in order to send him back to Lake Erie. He had to go back to Lake Erie because

2. TJ Galiardi is back in the line up against the Blue Jackets.

3. Erik Johnson is now considered day-to-day because of the back spasms he first suffered in the first period of last night's game against the Kings. Johnson going out means

4. Tyson Barrie has been recalled from Lake Erie.

5. Peter Mueller is on the trip and is considered day-to-day.

6. Semyon Varlamov will start in net tomorrow night. Giguere is still officially listed as having a groin injury, but as he's been the back up on the bench, I think that's just a technicality (or error).

7. Apparently, Vancouver has expressed interest in Cody McLeod. They are actively shopping for Steve Ott, with Cody being their second choice if it doesn't happen.

8. The Avalanche have quieted down the trade talks. Paul Stastny is one of those "3 or 4 untouchables" mentioned the other day. Stop speculating about him. It seems the only thing the Avs might be after is depth on the wings.

In other news, sour grapes from Kyle Quincey or a look into the organization that is reminiscent of things to which Chris Stewart and Craig Anderson have both alluded (full story here)?

"Everyone is ready to get shipped out any day," Quincey said. "There’s a lot of guys, their bags are packed beside the door, and they wouldn’t be unhappy to go – trust me. I know I had a big smile on my face, and all the guys were jealous. I think there’s a bunch of guys that were pissed off they weren’t in a package deal."

Quincey said a lot of guys feel they "aren’t getting their opportunity" in Colorado. But mostly he talked about players wanting a chance to win and the insecurity players can have at this time of year. Coming off a 4-1 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night, the Avs are only two points out of a playoff spot. But the Avs are 11th in the West, and if you’re traded, you could end up … anywhere. You could move up in the standings, like Quincey did, or you could go down.

Players often say they ignore trade rumors, and some do. But it’s hard to ignore the newspapers, Internet and television when your name is popping up all the time. On one hand, Quincey said he didn’t expect to be traded and was happy in Colorado. On the other, he said he was bringing his biggest suitcase on the Avs’ upcoming trip to Columbus and Detroit, knowing the deadline was coming and he might have to ship off to parts unknown.

"There’s guys that have been talked about for two, three weeks – and I was, too, right?" Quincey said. "That’s all I’m saying. With guys getting talked about all the time, your mindset kind of changes. It’s tough there because they’re in a dogfight. When you get talked about every day, it kind of wears on you. You start thinking, ‘Where am I going?’ "

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