Like a lot of you, I probably need more time to analyze this deal properly before bloviating here on the blog, but I’ll give my quick thoughts on the Daniel Winnik-TJ Galiardi to San Jose for LW Jamie McGinn and two Sharks forward prospects (Michael Sgarbossa and Mike Connolly).
- The Avs lost two good guys in “Winnie” and “Gally” (I love hockey nicknames). Winnik is a tremendous character guy, a good smart player. Trouble was: he just couldn’t score anymore. His last goal was Dec. 15 – a stretch of 31 straight games. Granted, he was not necessarily counted on to score goals, but for a guy who got pretty good ice time and played on the third line with some decent players, that’s not quite good enough.
He scored 11 goals last year and got off to a pretty good offensive start this season (five points in his first nine games), but the offensive drought was starting to become something of a problem. Yes, he added good things defensively and on the PK, but Jay McClement and...