Thursday, March 09, 2006

2006 Trade Deadline
Jose Theodore for David Aebischer

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From Montreal's perspective, I like this deal. Moving Theodore frees up a huge chunk of salary — at $5.333-million, he was to be the Habs highest-paid player next season — and still leaves the club with, what I believe to be, very solid goaltending. Aebischer is 13-5 since Jan. 1, and his numbers this season have been far better than Theodore's (although that's been the case for everyone not named Patrick Lalime). The only potential downside is that Aebischer will be a UFA following next season.
One of the guys on the sports desk is a huge Colorado fan, and when he caught wind of this deal, he was devastated. And rightly so. Why on earth you'd trade for an injured goaltender when your club is one point from the division lead (and only six points from falling out of the playoffs altogether), I haven't a clue. Granted, Theodore has quite the pedigree, but given the horrible, horrible season he's had, there's very little to guarantee he'll ever regain that form. If he doesn't, this goes down as the worst move ever made by an otherwise-savvy GM. The Avs glory years never seemed so far away.

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