NHL Trade News: Ottawa Senators And Colorado Avalanche Swap Goaltenders
NHL Trade News: Brian Elliott Off To Colorado In Minor Deal
The firesale continues in Ottawa, as Bryan Murray is having his own kind of everything-must-go sale. Apparently now, that even includes the goaltender.
Brian Elliott, who has struggled this season after winning the starting job last year, was sent off to Colorado in a deal not a lot of people saw coming. In return, the Senators get Craig Anderson, an older goalie who has also underperformed this year.
Both goalies are in the last year of their respective contracts, so it's not like either one will be around next year unless they stand on their heads for the last month or so.
Still, for a team trying to make a playoff run in Colorado and another just trying to hoard draft picks and prospects, I'm not sure I see the sense in this.
They're both having disappointing seasons. But what's the point in trading a goalie with an .894 save percentage and a 3.14 goals against (Elliott) for one with a .897 save percentage and a 3.28 goals against (Anderson)? And for Colorado, who's supposedly trying to make the Playoffs, this is an upgrade?
I've written about it a little the last couple of days, and it's seeming more and more like this isn't just a rebuild in Ottawa, it's a complete demolition. Bryan Murray's clearing out anything he can and trying to start over, maybe in an effort to save his own job past this season.
What he's done so far is commendable. That being said, this one's a head-scratcher on me.
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