Not long after sending Alex Tanguay and junior prospects to the Arizona Coyotes for speedy forward Mikkel Boedker, Joe Sakic pulled off another deadline deal -- trading a 2017 3rd Round selection for 6'4" defenseman Eric Gelinas. The 24-year old was a 54th overall selection for New Jersey Devils in 2009, playing in 156 games over four seasons on the big club. Gelinas played his junior hockey for Quebec League's Lewiston Maineiacs, no doubt garnering the attention of his new coach Patrick Roy during his time behind the Remparts bench. He joins a long line of QMJHL graduates that have been acquired by the Avalanche in recent years.
COL closing in on Eric Gelinas for a third— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 29, 2016
Gelinas hasn't received much meaningful playing time in New Jersey, but has made the most of what he's gotten. He's scored 54 points the past three seasons, with 14 goals and 40 assists on a mostly bottom pairing role. Still, he's managed to drive possession and bring a physical presence to New Jersey's blue line.
Unlike Colorado's other deadline acquisitions, Gelinas is not an unrestricted free agent following this season. He will gain restricted free agent status following the 2016-17 season.
More to come as it's available.