Tanguay has been out of the Avalanche lineup since January 30. While they were hoping that he would be able to come back this season, Tanguay’s surgery, scheduled for today, will end his season. In 16 games this season, Tanguay scored 4 goals and 7 assists for a total of 11 points. The Aves are also 15-1 with Tanguay in their lineup.
What this does, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, is impact what the Avalanche due at the trade deadline. He says that if P.A. Parenteau was ever on the trade block, he will be off of it now. With the loss of Tanguay, Parenteau will now be counted on more.
Dater believes that the Avalanche could have used Parenteau to acquire a defenseman in a trade. He says that will probably not happen now.
Dater doesn’t believe that Colorado will make a big trade prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. Rather, they will trade prospects and/or picks to acquire that aforementioned defenseman.
He notes that in the heyday of the Avalanche, teams could buy a Stanley Cup at the Trade Deadline. Giving up great prospects and high draft picks were commonplace back then.
However, now that the salary cap is in place, it is much harder to do that and teams are building from within more and more. He also notes that Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy know that while they might not be a Cup favorite this year. They have a bright future ahead of them and could be in the next few years.