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Quincey: Plenty of bags packed in Colorado

Feb 23, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

Kyle Quincey

Sounds like Kyle Quincey might not be the last Avalanche player traded before Monday’s deadline.

“There’s a lot of guys whose bags are packed outside their door [in Colorado],” the newest member of the Red Wings told reporters ahead of tonight’s home game against the Canucks, as per ESPN’s Craig Custance.

But will the Avs actually end up sellers at the deadline? They’re only two points behind eighth-place Los Angeles in the Western Conference, and while they just traded away arguably their best defenseman, they did add an effective player in Steve Downie.

The Avs play tomorrow in Columbus and Saturday in Detroit. Perhaps their playoff chances will become clearer after that. Lose both games and GM Greg Sherman might start unloading assets.

Names like forwards David Jones and Daniel Winnik and defenseman Shane O’Brien – all pending unrestricted free agents – have been floated as trade candidates.

  1. howardforvezina - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I would not be shocked they have been drafting well.

  2. davebabychreturns - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Didn’t Quincey leave on not-great terms? This seems as much like a parting shot as anything..

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      That being said, if I was an Avs player and my job depended on the whims of Greg Sherman I’d probably be prepared for just about anything, too.

      • Jason Brough - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        “What’s with the gas mask?”
        “You just…you just never know here.”

      • govtminion - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        Jason, it’s Denver. That’s an oxygen mask. ;)

      • andidee15 - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Avs fans have come to realize there are three rules of thumb when dealing with Sherman trades:

        #1 – There is never any warning. If you hear a rumor about it, it’s not going to happen. Nothing leaks from this organization. NOTHING.

        #2 – Trades always happen when you least expect them. For example, I think our beat writer has been asleep, on a plane with his phone off, and taking a nap for the past three (Johnson, Varlamov, and Downie). We always get lulled into the “there’s no way the Avs are going to make a/another trade today” before he strikes.

        #3 – The move will seem crazy at first, but typically ends up working out in the end. However, expect question Sherman’s sanity when you first hear about it. If you’re an Avs fan, panic is also a good initial reaction.

    • andidee15 - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Possible. When he came off of IR and Sacco decided to wait for two games to put him back because the Avs were on a 5-game winning streak, Quincey said this:

      “I do regret it [reporting the injury]. Because if I didn’t say anything, I wouldn’t have missed those six games,” he said. “You’re trying to play through injury, trying to play your best, but it’s better than coming out of the lineup because you don’t get back in.” -Quote taken from a Mike Chambers article at the Denver Post from 12/29/11

      I think this comment may have rubbed the Avs’ management the wrong way. Add in the fact that he’s certainly not been our best defensemen this year (he hasn’t done anything really remarkable since early in the season while everyone else has been getting progressively better) and that he takes a lot of stupid penalties, and it’s not too hard to suppose that management wasn’t exactly thrilled with him. I don’t think he was a locker room cancer like some recent tweets suggested, but he definitely wasn’t as key to the Avs’ long term plans as he probably thought he was.

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