As the Colorado Avalanche assembled at the Pepsi Center Thursday morning, the future of the franchise was being impacted 1,800 miles away.
The Ottawa Senators - the team that traded their 2019 first round pick to the Colorado Avalanche last November - have just traded away the best player in franchise history. Not only that, they did so in a trade that didn’t bring an impact player to their lineup.
This trade was about the future. Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers are two very good prospects, but neither of them is going to help the Senators this season and that is a great thing for the Colorado Avalanche.
Now that Karlsson has been traded, the Senators will likely move on to find suitors for Mark Stone and Matt Duchene. Both are unrestricted free agents next summer and neither is likely to re-sign in Ottawa. This team could be completely devoid of high-end talent by Christmas.
Not only are they re-building without their own first pick, but they’re putting control of the future in the hands of Pierre Dorion - a man that has proven time and again that he is in over his head when it comes to asset management. Is this the man you would want taking care of your franchise?
Reassuring words from GM Pierre Dorion in these trying times for Sens fans. pic.twitter.com/jjsPiD5Iye— MLHS (@LeafsNews) September 14, 2018
As if things couldn’t get worse for the Sens, one of the few good players the team has left has torn his achillies tendon and will miss the majority of the season. Without Pageau, the Sens can’t really afford to move Stone and Duchene. On the flip side, they can’t really afford not to.
Medical update: #Sens centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau suffered a torn achilles tendon in his right leg during training yesterday. Surgery was performed last night to repair the injury and he is expected to miss a minimum of six months.— Sens communications (@Media_Sens) September 14, 2018
This Senators team has the potential to be really bad this season - I mean really, really bad.
With all that said, I’ll just leave this here:
It's only 3 weeks into the season, but Jack Hughes might have already locked up USHL Goal of the Year pic.twitter.com/cIJCw32T5B— USHL (@USHL) October 22, 2017
While the Erik Karlsson trade took up most of the news cycle yesterday, there were some other noteworthy items to come out of the first official day of training camp.
It looks like a future Hall of Famer has decided to call it a career. We knew Henrik Zetterberg wasn’t going to be around for the start of the season, but now it appears that the Red Wings legend has decided to hang up his skates for good.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says Henrik Zetterberg is done playing hockey.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) September 14, 2018
In injury news that more directly affects the Avs, the St. Louis Blues announced yesterday that starting goalie Jake Allen is suffering from back spasms and will be sidelined for at least the next two weeks. [NHL]
After all that, there was some Avalanche news. Yesterday, the team unveiled their new alternate jerseys. The team has worked with Adidas to bring back the blue Rockies themed jerseys and my goodness are they spectacular. I’d put them top-3 in the NHL without question. The team will wear the alternates 12 times this season starting November 7th against Nashville. [MHH]
The team will hit the ice for their first official practice of camp this morning at the Family Sports Center in preparation for their preseason opener next Tuesday. Until then check out the mischief the team got themselves into at media day yesterday: