With the trade deadline approaching, and the Avs out of playoff contention, now is a good time to look at what to expect in the lead up to April 3. Rather than approach this from the Avs wants and needs (as Andi has already covered here), this article considers Sherman's trading habits and how this may effect the Avs deadline behaviour.
During Sherman's first three years as Avs GM, Greg has made 22 trades, including 10 in the 2010 calendar year. Yet since 2010, Mr Sherman has gradually decreased the volume of trades completed - to 6 in 2011 and then 3 in 2012. This behaviour has culminated in the Avs making absolutely no trades since February 27 2012's trade of Galiardi and Winnik for McGriddle and Co.
The 13 month hiatus from the trade market is unprecedented for Sherman and the Avs generally. Looking back through the last 10 years, this represents the longest (by quite some margin) that the Avs have resisted the sweet, sweet temptation of the trade market. Although this behaviour could be due to the lockout, a quick observation of the behaviour of other teams suggests this is not the case. In fact, the Avs are currently tied with Vancouver for the longest period of trade inactivity (with St Louis only having made a trade involving grinder/fighter BJ Crombeen since February 27).
With the trade deadline coming up soon, it is very likely that the Avs make some trades. But, going on the recent history of the Avs, Sherman is unlikely to go trade crazy between now and deadline day. Rather, we can only hope that the one or two deals that Sherman does make involve defenseman - either capturing that mythical top pairing defenseman or releasing defensemen back into the wild (or in Zanon's case, back onto the Wild).