A little birdie told me the Avs had scouts at the Penguins-Senators game the other night, so start your trade rumors from those locations. Personally, I think the Avs might be considering getting Marc-Andre Fleury, the former first-round goalie pick who hasn’t been that great for the Pens. But that’s just a hunch, not based on big word of mouth. John-Michael Liles could be part of that mix, but again, just a hunch. But Liles, who turned 27 on Sunday, can be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
The Avs have promising youngster Kyle Cumiskey still, who plays a game similar to Liles and figures to come a lot cheaper in the near future. So, it makes sense that Liles could be on the trading block for perhaps some help (better size and toughness) on defense, or with the goaltending.
I have a hunch too....
- The Penguins aren't going to trade a 23 year old, former #1 overall pick goalie that's still budding.
- Especially for a puck-moving defenseman that's a UFA at the end of the year.
Take a look at the Pens roster, Adrian, and you'd see there's no shortage of puckmoving defenseman (Sergei Gonchar, Ryan Whitney, Kris Letang).
And what, pray-tell, would the Pens do for a starting goaler? Hitch the wagon to the unproven Danny Sabourin? No.
Oh I know, maybe Colorado would be lucky enough to throw in Jose Theodore and his $6 million salary and lovely 3.04 GAA and .897 save percentage into the deal.