Avalanche more concerned with Canucks than trade deadline
As rumors fly and deals are getting done ahead of Monday NHL trade deadline Chris Simon Jersey, things are quiet with the Colorado Avalanche.The club sits just outside the playoff picture in the Western Conference heading into Monday home game against the Vancouver Canucks, but dont look for Colorado to make a big acquisition for a final postseason push.Well see what our options are. But like I said, were not going to enter the rental market for this year, general manager Joe Sakic told the Denver Post on Saturday. We have a plan going forward and we want to build this. The guys work hard. We have a great group.Article continues below …And like I said at the start of the year, were going to build for the future. This team going in the right direction. Theyve hung in there, and I expect theyll continue to hang in .One reason Sakic isnt frantically trying to make a deal is he already pulled one off in November when he traded disgruntled center Matt Duchene to Ottawa in a three-way deal that netted seven assets, including three future draft picks.So Sakic is comfortable with his current roster despite major injuries to defenseman Erik Johnson, Anton Lindholm and Mark Barberio, who could be out for extended time.Colorado went 1-1-1 on its just completed three-game trip through Canada. Now, after 13 of 16 games on the road, the Avalanche will play four straight at home Erik Johnson Jersey, where they have won 10 of their last 11.The Canucks are coming off a 3-1 win in Arizona on Sunday night that featured the return of defenseman Ben Hutton. He was a healthy scratch for the four previous games and was itching to play again.Hutton had two shots in 1703 of ice time against the Coyotes.It not fun sitting out and Im excited to get back in, Hutton told The Vancouver Sun. You can always work on your game and watch it from above when you sit out. And when you get back in, you can prove to your teammates and coaching staff that you belong.Ive got to get shots through from the point and be hard to play against and be more aggressive it everything.The Canucks were struggling to stay in the postseason race but have fallen out of it after starting this month 4-7-1. The one overtime loss came against Colorado on Tuesday when the Avalanche scored all of their goals on the power play to win 5-4.Vancouver is facing a wounded team, but Colorado did get back leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon last week. MacKinnon missed eight games after he was injured in Vancouver on Jan. 30, and he had a little payback with three assists and the overtime goal last Tuesday https://www.avalanchefansapparel.com/Patrick_Roy_Jersey.The Canucks will try to stop the Avalanche top line and salvage the rest of February. They finish the month hosting the New York Rangers on Wednesday and, like the Avalanche, are looking to the future.That immediate future could be without forward Tomas Vanek, who has been rumored to be on the market. Speculation about his near future is heating up, but the 34-year-old isnt worrying about that.I have no idea what the market looks like or where it going to head or when it going to start heading, he told The Vancouver Sun.