Disclaimer: This isn't a statement on which team "won" the Erik Johnson trade but rather a take on why the Avs had to take the chance.
Watching the playoffs, it is clear that the risky move to acquire Erik Johnson was a move the Colorado Avalanche had to make.
Especially out west, it is clear that each playoff team needs a minute-munching defenseman who can play in all situations.
Yesterday Mike Chambers of the Denver Post had a write up at the Denver Post on Jan Hejda. I was unimpressed with his analysis.Let's first adress the (very slight) potshot at me:Don’t believe your little league anonymous blogger — plus-minus is hockey’s best overall statistic, Actually let's ignore the potshot and look at the content. You should question what I say...
NHL Hockey: Burnaby Joe Sakic
Born: July 7, 1969 (age 42), Burnaby, BC, CAN
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Played for: Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche
National team: Canada
NHL Draft: 15th overall, 1987, Quebec Nordiques
Playing career: 1988–2009
Joe Sakic, perhaps one of the classiest players...