Iginla Does Hollywood
The Colorado Avalanche made their first (NHL) trade of the day by sending veteran forward Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional 2018 4th round pick.
Iginla, 39, is in the final year year of his 3 year, $16 million contract. Iginla, who had a No Movement clause in his contract, waived it in order to have a final shot at winning a Stanley Cup and to play under coach Darryl Sutter, who he played under in Calgary for many years.
“We felt it was the right thing to do for [Iginla],” said Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic. “It’s a respect thing, for him as a person and as a hockey player.”
The Avalanche will only receive the 2018 4th round pick from the Kings IF Iginla re-signs in Los Angeles OR if the Kings makes the playoffs. However, this seems to be a bit murky right now. It isn’t right out known what the playoff conditions are whether it’s just making the playoffs or winning rounds, etc.
The Avalanche will also retain 50 percent of Iginla’s salary.
Andrighetto In, Martinsen Out
In their second NHL based trade of the day, the Colorado Avalanche traded gritty depth forward Andreas Martinsen to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Sven Andrighetto.
Andrighetto, 23, has spent time in both the NHL and AHL over the past few years. In 83 NHL games with Montreal, Andrighetto has tallied 11 goals and 27 points. In 170 games in the minors, Sven has posted a respectable 49 goals and 132 points.
Martinsen, 26, is a pending UFA and has spent his entire 110 game NHL career with the Avalanche. The Norwegian power forward has posted 7 goals and 18 points, mostly as a 4th liner.
In regards to the acquisition of Andrighetto, Sakic said, “With his speed and hockey skill, he can help our power play.
Sven Andrighetto is expected to join the Avalanche in Ottawa where the team takes on the Senators on Thursday.
Minor League Trades
In a few minor notes, the Colorado Avalanche also completed a few minor league trades.
The Colorado Avalanche traded d-man Cody Corbett to the Washington Capitals in exchange for goaltender Joe Cannata.
Cannata, 27, a career minor leaguer has split time between the AHL and the ECHL. In 22 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears, Cannata has posted a 11-5-1 record with a 3.22 goals-against average and .876 save percentage.
Corbett, 23, has split time between the AHL and the ECHL during his tenure with the Avalanche organization. In 93 games in the AHL, Corbett has registered 8 goals and 25 points. In 41 games in the ECHL, he has tallied 7 goals and 24 points.
Their second minor league trade of the day saw the Avalanche trading forward Joe Whitney to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Brendan Ranford.
Ranford, 24, a former 7th round pick has played exclusively in the minors since 2013 except for 1 NHL he suited up for. In 260 AHL games, Ranford has registered 55 goals and 160 points.
Whitney, 29, has played the majority of his pro career in the AHL and has seen limited time in the NHL where he has played 5 games. In 369 AHL games, Whitney has posted 270 points, 111 of them are goals.
In the third and final minor league move for the organization, the San Antonio Rampage (Colorado Avalanche) have loaned forward Mike Sislo to the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) in exchange for forward Colin Smith.
Smith, 23, is a former 7th round pick of the Colorado Avalanche who the Avs traded a year prior in the Shawn Matthais deal with the Leafs. In 258 AHL games, Smith has posted 149 points, 48 of which are goals
Sislo, 29, has spent most of pro career in the AHL although he has seen some time in the NHL as well. In 42 NHL games, Sislo has scored 3 goals and 5 points. In 358 games in the AHL, Sislo has posted 98 goals and 208 points.
Avs Re-Call Compher
Additionally, the Colorado Avalanche have announced they have re-called forward J.T. Compher from the San Antonio Rampage.
Compher, 21, is enjoying his first year in pro hockey this season. In 41 games with the Rampage this season, Compher has scored 13 goals and 30 points.
Compher, a 2013 2nd round pick in 2013, was one of the pieces acquired by the Avalanche in the Ryan O’Reilly trade. In his 2015-16 campaign with the University of Michigan, Compher was a Hobey Baker finalist where he registered 16 goals and 63 points in 38 games.