3 major acquisitions the Colorado Avalanche must make for a deep postseason run

The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2022, only to lose in the first round of the 2023 playoffs to the Seattle Kraken.

Jan 5, 2024; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) takes the face off
Jan 5, 2024; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) takes the face off / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Adam Henrique will fill a need on the Avalanche’s top-six

Henrique Trade

Adam Henrique is another name who will find himself on the move, and since the Avalanche are lacking in their top-six, he is a legitimate trade piece who can fulfill that issue. Like Kahkonen, Henrique is another player you need to give credit to as the 33-year-old has been through a lot playing for a rebuilding Anaheim Ducks team. 

However, his productivity (33 points in 49 games) puts him on a realistic pace to secure a career-high, showing us he can still play more than just a solid game at age 33. For Henrique, you can expect a similar trade, but as the Ducks look like they are one rung above the Sharks, expect the Avalanche to swap a pair of high-end prospects and a draft pick for Henrique should this transaction occur. 

Mikhail Gulyayev and also in this scenario, Nikolai Kovalenko find themselves going to Anaheim for Henrique, plus a third-round pick. Colorado will also send Ryan Johansen to Anaheim should a scenario like this occur instead of the one listed previously, which will once again let them cut their losses on their trade with Nashville last year. 

It still wouldn’t be enough for the Avalanche to afford the trade, so we will see the Ducks retain 15 percent of Henrique’s contract to make this move work.