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Report: Avs shop struggling forward McGinn

Dec 4, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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For a brief window of time, people believed that the San Jose Sharks would regret trading Jamie McGinn. Now it looks like the Colorado Avalanche are trying to do the same.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported on Tuesday that the team is shopping the 25-year-old forward for a defenseman or “veteran checking forward.”

That rumor seems founded in recent evidence, as Avalanche head coach provided the Denver Post with this assessment of McGinn’s game on Nov. 28:

“I expect more from him,” Roy said. “Jamie needs to be better offensively, play with more grit in front of the net. He needs to be more physical, he needs to be better defensively.”

So, basically McGinn brought home a report card littered with C’s, D’s and F’s.

Of course, it’s usually tough to trade a player when his value is low, so Colorado might want to wait a bit if this is more of a permanent break; he’s had just two goals and one assist since Oct. 10.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Maybe the Sharks didn’t lose that trade after all

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      I didn’t read he first paragraph, derp!

    • sanclementeacupuncture - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      We may be seeing the beginning of the end of Roy as a coach. Take a lesson from guys like Babcock and develop a mean ass look and shut up. Good luck inspiring lagging players by saying they suck. What inspired you as a player Patrick? Attempt to catch players doing something correct. Telling the press he sucks is a sure way to increase his trade value and get you someone you want. Look for Roy to piss off everyone on the team the first real losing streak, which IS coming. These young guys are looking up to him like a God for now, however I predict a meteoric flame out when the pressure increases at the end of the regular season, and he starts to look like just an a-hole.

  2. jtshafer - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Maybe the Aves and Panthers could strike a deal involving him and Kulikov, could also see Del Zotto from NYR moved in a deal.

  3. deeboy - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I wonder if they are talking to Carolina, who is shopping Tim Gleason. Basically a swap of two underachievers. Seems like a fit to me if they can make the money work.

    • storminator16 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      You got 2 down votes but I was thinking the same thing. However, I was thinking about Tlusty. I for one would keep Tlusty but Jim Rutherford thinks with a different brain.

  4. jernster21 - Dec 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I’d hate to lose McGinn but it may be too late. McGinn has potential to be a great power forward in the league but he’s too inconsistent right now for whatever reason. One of his best games was in the 1-0 OT win against the Kings – he was a physical presence from the start of the game till the end when he get rewarded with a goal, albeit, a lucky bounce but if you work hard you get that sort of bounces. He needs to learn to play a physical game on a regular basis to be effective. Who knows though….

  5. esracerx46 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Talk about knee jerk reactions. At the first sign of trouble they start trading player. First Downie, now McGinn. Have faith in what you have and let it ride, unless you think that crazy start was a fluke like most people thought it was.

    • govtminion - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      At the same time, that great start has to be looked at in an individual way as well- did either of those players really contribute to it? In Downie’s case, there’s something to be said for his grit at least, but McGinn hasn’t done a whole lot for Colorado despite their winning ways. So… yeah, that big start was great, and here’s an opportunity to add another piece to make their finish even better.

    • barefootcastle - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      I was a big Downie fan on the ice, but he had a negative influence after the incident with Landeskog in the preseason. Unfortunately, he had to go to bring cohesion back to the team. And this isn’t the first time it’s happened to him either.

  6. avfanforlife - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    How does “Jamie needs to be better offensively, play with more grit in front of the net. He needs to be more physical, he needs to be better defensively” mean he is on the trading block? They know what he is capable of, and he was amazing thru the first part of the season… Sounds to me like they just need to get him back to playing up to his potential again, not ship him off. I believe Roy can work the bugs out of him and get him going.

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