Avalanche Trade Deadline 2012: Colorado Moves Galiardi, Winnik To San Jose For McGinn

The Colorado Avalanche have made a trade with the San Jose Sharks for Jamie McGinn and two forward prospects.

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Avalanche Trade Deadline 2012: Colorado Trades Galiardi, Winnik, 7th Rd Pick To San Jose For McGinn, Prospects

The Colorado Avalanche made a big trade at the NHL Trade Deadline, moving forwards Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi and a 7th round pick in the upcoming draft to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connelly and Michael Sgarbossa.

McGinn, 23, is the only NHL player coming back to Colorado. The Sharks' 2nd round selection in 2006, McGinn has 12 goals this season and should give Colorado some goalscoring in their bottom two lines. He will be a restricted free agent after this season.


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Connelly, 22, is a left winger currently playing with AHL Worchester. The undersized forward has 10 goals and 20 points through 40 games.

Sgarbossa, 19, is the top prospect coming back in this deal. The young center has 41 goals and 84 total points in just 57 games this year for OHL Sudbury -- just six points behind the league leader.

Avalanche GM Greg Sherman found a winger in McGinn with some more offensive upside than Winnik, and used the two players to acquire a couple of quality scoring prospects while still keeping the core of the team intact for a playoff run this season. The Sharks get a defensively responsible forward in Winnik and an energy forward in Galiardi. Both teams filled a need and should be happy with the return.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Sharks blog Fear The Fin.

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The Logic Behind The Kyle Quincey Trade

The Colorado Avalanche made a big move on Tuesday, trading defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Tampa Bay Lightning for winger Steve Downie.

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NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Avalanche Acquire Steve Downie From Lightning

The Colorado Avalanche have made a move a week before the NHL Trade by acquiring winger Steve Downie from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

TSN's McKenzie first reported that defenseman Kyle Quincey would go to the Lightning to complete the deal. Downie has a $1.85 million cap hit this season before entering unrestricted free agency this season. Downie has 12 goals and 28 points to go with 121 penalty minutes this season.

Downie is a six-year veteran who was the Philadelphia Flyers' first-round pick (29th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut during the 2007-08 season before he was traded to the Lightning in 2008 as part of the Matt Carle trade.

Quincey has recorded 23 points and 60 penalty minutes this season for the Avalanche.

Visit Mile High Hockey for more on the Avalanche. Check out SB Nation NHL for more news and notes around the league.

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