Sunday, January 15, 2017

NHL Trade review: Cody McLeod to Nashville, prospect Girard goes to Avs

McLeod fights former teammate Iginla
    The Colorado Avalanche have traded LW Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward prospect Felix Girard.

Here's why it happened:
        With 27 points, the Colorado Avalanche are last in the NHL, and the only team under 30 points. A week prior to the trade, McLeod had said that there would be changes made to the team given their struggles on the ice. The Avs have also been shopping players like stars Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene.
       The Avalanche must have liked Girard, a 4th round pick in 2013, who has spent the last 3 seasons playing for Milwaukee, the Preds' AHL affiliate. Girard had 3 goals and 5 assists in 35 games for Milwaukee this season. McLeod had just 1 point, a goal, in 28 games with Colorado. Also, the Avs are retaining about 40% of McLeod's $1.33 million contract. Up until now, the 32 year old scrapper had played his entire career with the club. McLeod stayed with the Preds, and Girard reported directly to San Antonio, the Avs AHL team. McLeod is 5th among current players with 1,359 PIM.
         The Predators probably liked McLeod's grit and he has some playoff experience (23 career games with the Avs)
         McLeod's first game with Nashville was a VERY interesting one, in Colorado against the Avs. There was about 3 things to note about it. 1, the video tribute that was played for him at Pepsi Center. 2, his fight with former teammate Jarome Iginla, and 3, a goal that he scored. It's funny how he had just 1 goal in 28 games with the Avs, but 1 goal in 1 game with the Preds.

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