Mar 26, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin (5) skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. The Colorado Avalanche won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Colorado Avalanche Demotion: Nate Guenin
Nate Guenin is, well, Nate Guenin. In my humble opinion, he should be a career AHL player. For a reason that’s far from my understanding, Roy seems to love him. He seems to love him enough to constantly pair him with Tyson Barrie — no matter if it works or not (spoiler: it doesn’t).
Luckily, Roy saw what we all saw against the Stars and decided to move Guenin down to the third pairing, where he played with Nick Holden. That was better than anything we’ve seen from Holden so far this season, but shouldn’t be a permanent solution either. Honestly, Guenin isn’t good enough to play in the NHL, especially not for the second pairing of a team that wants to make the playoffs.
The Avalanche still has Brandon Gormley who outplayed Guenin in preseason, plus Brad Stuart who should be at least a little bit better than Guenin. And let’s not forget about Chris Bigras and Duncan Siemens who are hoping to get a shot in the NHL this year.
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