Colorado Avalanche: Ranking How Likely Players are to be Traded

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 14: Colorado Avalanche Left Wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrates his goal with Right Wing Mikko Rantanen (96), Center Nathan MacKinnon (29) and Defenceman Tyson Barrie (4) during the second period of the NHL regular season game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 14, 2019, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 14: Colorado Avalanche Left Wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrates his goal with Right Wing Mikko Rantanen (96), Center Nathan MacKinnon (29) and Defenceman Tyson Barrie (4) during the second period of the NHL regular season game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 14, 2019, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – APRIL 9: Tyson Barrie #4 and Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche are introduced prior to the game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Pepsi Center on April 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Ducks defeated the Avalanche 5-3. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)”n /

Offer Sakic the World

General managers must be very stingy with who they put on an untouchable list. General wisdom is that almost any player is up for grabs — at the right price.

I’d say Sakic set the bar pretty high for himself. The “right price” is a Matt Duchene-level return:

  • 3 prospects, at least 1 NHL-ready
  • 1 borderline player
  • 3 draft picks, 1 a first-rounder

The bare-minimum ask for the players on this list would be an NHL-caliber player, highly-touted prospect, first-rounder.

Gabriel Landeskog is on this list. Remember, before the Colorado Avalanche traded Matt Duchene, Landeskog was a name oft-mentioned. You offer Sakic the world, I think he’d cough up our 26-year-old captain.

I’d say Tyson Barrie is on this list, too. In fact, I’d say Joe Sakic is actively shopping Barrie for just such a return. Our turnover king has turned his own self into a semi-elite offensive defenseman. He’s got one year left after this season, and he may want a big payout.

Colorado has Sam Girard and the likes of Conor Timmins and Cale Makar coming up the system. They only need so many smallish, puck-moving defensemen.

Oh, yeah, add Girard to this list. Colorado wants to base their blueline at least partially on his style of play. But if a team really want him, Sakic would probably trade him for a king’s ransom.

By the way, since Timmins is injured, I’m not going to rank him.