With the NHL trading deadline 10 days away and the Avalanche without a win since Jan. 24, the fact that Colorado made a significant trade this morning didn't shock any of the players.
The deal that sent veteran goalie Craig Anderson, whose play was so crucial in the Avalanche's surprising 2009-10 season, to Ottawa for goalie Brian Elliott represented a concession that Colorado no longer was considering attempting to re-sign Anderson, who could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"This is the nature of the business," Avalanche center Paul Stastny said after practice this morning. "When you're in a slide like this, this time of year, something has to be done, whether a trade or a callup. It's always tough to see
someone leave like Andy, who's been a big part of our team. He's a good teammate, a good friend, and you just wish him the best of luck."
Said Avalanche winger Chris Stewart: "When you lose this many in a row, there are going to be changes. It's part of the business. You hate to see a teammate like Andy go, especially after what he did for us last year.
"I saw him here this morning before he left. He and his wife are expecting a baby soon, and I wished him good like with everything."
Avalanche forward Kevin Porter played against Elliott in college, when Porter was at Michigan and Elliott was at Wisconsin. The schools aren't in the same league in hockey, but play once a season.
"I remember him being a great goaltender," Porter said. "He was there when they won the national championship (in 2006), and he was tough to score against. I don't think I ever scored against him, in fact."
Porter said of Anderson: "You never want to see guys get traded. Andy is a great guy, great in the room, a great goaltender. It's always sad to see guys go. We have to move on and we're getting another great goaltender. I don't know Brian Elliott, but I've heard he's a great guy, good around the room."
Slumping Avalanche not shocked by Craig Anderson trade
Denver Post | Feb 19