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Columnist says Avs should try to get Chris Stewart back

Feb 2, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT


The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater indulged in some rare trade rumor talk based on word that St. Louis Blues power forward Chris Stewart might be on the block. His stance is pretty logical: the Colorado Avalanche should try to get Stewart back if he is indeed available.

In case you need a refresher, Stewart and useful offensive defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk were traded to the Blues for former top overall pick Erik Johnson (picks exchanged hands too).

Why Colorado might covet Chris

Dater emphasizes that Stewart wasn’t happy with being moved and still has plenty of friends on the team. More importantly, he has been disappointing this season for St. Louis and the Avalanche miss his size in their top six forwards, so a deal would make some sense for both sides.

(I’m not so sure that St. Louis would be getting equal value if they move Stewart for fellow struggling scorer David Jones, which Dater discusses as a possible match, though.)

Blues might want more for Stewart, though

The Blues boast a deep offense so it’s quite possible that Stewart could be expendable, but at the same time, big forwards only become more valuable as goals become tougher to come by. Granted, St. Louis is unusually robust on offense, but that could be a real strength in the playoffs.

I’m not so sure I’d move Stewart with his value at a middling level – unless they can get someone who adds a better dimension to their team rather than another hot-and-cold scorer. (Perhaps someone who can add a little zip to their power play?)


What do you think, though? Should the Avalanche try to reunite Stewart with a team he didn’t want to leave? Might there be unresolved issues that expedited his departure in the first place? Share your take in the comments.

  1. babar61 - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Wow, some brutal decisions by the avalanche in the past year…Shattenkirk and stewart for Johnson and two first rounders for varlarmov. Has a player ever been traded away then re-aquired a year a later?

    • mikebel11 - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      I do agree that they’ve made horrible moves in the last year but Varlamov was for a first and a second, not two firsts. They also acquired a first in the Stewart trade which I guess made that first rounder expendable in their minds. To answer your question, yes that has happened many times. In fact there’s rules to limit how quickly a player can be moved back to his former team because in the days of the waiver draft Bobby Clarke used to trade guys away and then re-acquire them after the waiver draft to avoid losing them via waivers. That rule cost Dean McCammond half a season not too long ago when Calgary re-acquired him. More recently Erik Cole was traded from Carolina to Edmonton on March 4th, 2008, then back to Carolina on March 4th, 2009.

      • babar61 - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        I stand corrected. I completely forgot about erik cole as well. It is strange for me to watch the avalanche struggle so much in the past few years. I grew up watching that powerhouse team led by sakic, roy, forsberg, foote, blake, and so many more clober vancouver all the time.

      • danphipps01 - Feb 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Like Detroit, the Avs’ glory squad was built around a core of absurdly talented veterans. Unlike Detroit, Colorado didn’t really succeed at injecting youth into the roster at a sufficient rate to keep the team competitive over time, and they don’t enjoy basically unlimited funding as one of the richest teams in the NHL. If their AHL system was better, they probably wouldn’t be in quite so poor a situation, but their internal monetary limits really hamper things regardless.

  2. brockohol - Feb 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    this is stupid…why would they want him back? maybe Stewart and bishop for stastny

    • danphipps01 - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:23 AM

      If you’re investing that kind of money, try to get someone who earns a little more of it. Statsny’s good, but he isn’t worth his cap hit. You’d be better-served trying to buy Parise or trade for Getzlaf.

  3. rainyday56 - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    Perhaps try to coax Foppa out of retirement one more time? ; )

    • odj810 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:56 AM

      stewart is a type of player any team is going to want to add heading into the playoffs

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