The Avalanche kicked off their trade season last Sunday when they dealt Connor Smith and a 4th Round pick in exchange for the Toronto Maple Leaf's Shawn Matthias. General Manager Joe Sakic was at it again today, trading Alex Tanguay to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Mikkel Boedker, a 26-year old native of Denmark and former 8th overall draft pick in 2008. Craig Custance reported the first part of the trade via Twitter shortly after 11:00 AM MST on Monday.
Boedker deal is done. Colorado.— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) February 29, 2016
After numerous reports from Colorado's Centennial practice facility that Tanguay had been pulled from practice, Adrian Dater reported he was a piece headed to the Coyotes in return. Tanguay played nine seasons for Colorado between two stints and was a member of their 2001 Stanley Cup Playoff team. The 36-year old's production had fallen considerably this season, tallying just 4 goals and 18 assists over 52 games, but the move will break the hearts of many long-time Avalanche fans.
Avs get forward Mikkel Boedker from Arizona— Adrian Dater (@adater) February 29, 2016
But he wasn't the only piece headed back in exchange for Boedker. Junior prospects Conner Bleackley and Kyle Wood were also included. Bleackley was the 23rd overall pick by the Avalanche in the 2014's entry draft. He was a point-per-game scorer for the WHL's Red Deer Rebels in 2013 and 2014 before seeing his production drop off and injuring his knee this season in an overage year. Wood was a 3rd Round pick in 2014, a big 6'5" defenseman who was playing his overage season with the OHL's North Bay Battalion.
More to come....