The Colorado Avalanche had themselves a relatively quiet trade deadline, making two minor deals in the hours beforehand.
A deal sending 39-year-old veteran Jarome Iginla to the LA Kings highlighted what was a relatively quiet trade deadline for the Colorado Avalanche.
The lack of dealing done by GM Joe Sakic may come as an anticlimactic ending to the trade period for Avs fans, as Sakic had previously stated he would listen to offers for virtually everybody on the team.
Andreas Martinsen joins Iginla as the only two players departing the Avs, with the forward set to join the Canadiens in a separate deal.
The Avs will receive 23-year-old Swiss winger Sven Andrighetto as compensation in the Martinsen trade, while also acquiring a 2018 fourth round pick from the Kings in exchange for Iginla.
Andrighetto is in his third professional season after being selected by the Canadiens in the third round of the 2013 NHL draft. He has played in 83 career games, managing 11 goals and 17 assists during that time.
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Jarome Iginla was undoubtably a very popular player in Colorado, as he was in the entire NHL. While many Avs fans may feel upset he has been dealt, Iginla now gets the opportunity to make a run in the playoffs and potentially capture his elusive Stanley Cup victory.
Sakic says in this Yahoo! article that the decision to trade Iginla came down to a ‘respect thing.’
"“Him as a person, him as a hockey player – a Hall of Fame hockey player for his career. We wanted to give him an opportunity to get to a great place, where he wanted to go,” Sakic explained."
The Avs quickly recalled J.T Compher from the AHL in order to fill the hole created at Right Wing by the Iginla trade.
Trading Iginla to a potential playoff team was a nice gesture by Sakic. However, the GM didn’t address many issues facing the Avs and will soon have to decide which direction he will take the team this summer.
Colorado are back in action tomorrow, taking on the Senators.