Two trades, seven players, a feel-good move and more questions than answers. That about sums up Trade Deadline Day activity with the Colorado Avalanche.
The major news of the day for the Avalanche was the trade of Wojtek Wolski to the Phoenix Coyotes. While Wolski developed a reputation as an occasional slacker, drawing criticism from his coaches, he was the Avs second leading scorer with 47 points and his +15 plus/minus rating led the team. He was the best in the NHL in shootouts in the 2008-09 season.
In return for Wolski, the Avalanche received Peter Mueller. He was the 8th overall pick by Phoenix in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and did have a successful rookie season, scoring 54 points. His production has tailed off since then. Mueller has scored 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points this season. His reputation is similar to Wolski's, not playing up to his ability, basically being lazy at times. The difference is that Wolski produces points.
The Avalanche also received Phoenix minor leaguer Kevin Porter. He has played four games for Phoenix this season, spending most of this season with the Coyotes AHL farm team in San Antonio. He is the Rampage's third leading scorer with 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points in 52 games.
The Avs closed out trading activity be re-acquiring Stephane Yelle from the Carolina Hurricanes. Yelle was a member of both Avs Stanley Cup Championship teams. He will add some grit up front, and it's a feel-good move for long-time Avs fans.
Judging strictly by the numbers, the Yelle trade was a C.
Strictly by the numbers, the Wolski trade wes a D-. The only reason they did not get an F was that they did get a player, albeit one with a questionable past, instead of losing Wolski for nothing in free agency. But the Avs did not get near enough for what they gave up, and on a team that relies too much on it's defense, giving up a good scorer at the start of the playoff stretch run makes little sense indeed.