Lunch Special: Which Matt Duchene trade prospect is going to make the biggest impact for the Avalanche?

Lunch Special: Which Matt Duchene trade prospect is going to make the biggest impact for the Avalanche?

The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers answered your questions about the Colorado Avalanche in a live Lunch Special chat. Here are some highlights:

Which of these prospects from the Matt Duchene trade is going to make an impact on the Avs this year?

Mike: New D Samuel Girard is just 19. He can play four more NHL games before his ELC kicks in. If the Avs think he’s not ready, he’ll go back to junior in Quebec. But make no mistake, this kid is an electric offensive D-man who has a big-time future. Just might not be this year with CO. But keep an eye on Vladislav Kamenev. He’s in AHL right now but could very well be the new guy who makes the biggest impact early-on.

With Duchene gone, who stands to benefit the most? Alexander Kerfoot? J.T. Compher?

Mike: Right now it’s Compher. But I believe Tyson Jost or Kerfoot will ultimately be the No. 2 center behind MacKinnon.

Hello, what is your favorite food from Sweden?

Mike: Swedish meatballs? What else can I choose from?

What do the Avs lines look like now? I figure the first line of MacKinnon-Rantanen-Landy stays the same, but what about the rest?

Mike: Compher will center the No. 2 line with Andrighetto and probably Kerfoot, or Grimaldi. I believe the boys have today off in Sweden.

Yay, another youth movement. So Mike, how much runway did this trade just buy for Joe Sakic, and how much longer before the Avs are relevant again?

Mike: I liked the trade at most angles. Yes, there might not be immediate benefit if Girard goes back to junior and Vladislav Kamenev stays in AHL. Bowers is definitely on the two-year plan at BU. But keep in mind MacKinnon is just 22 and Landeskog 25 this month. Jost is 19, Compher just 22 … on and on. It’s still a very young team. As for Sakic, I thought he did a very nice deal — and yes, it certainly bought him some tenure.

Was the trade Joe Sakic’s last stand? If this fails, is he gone?

Mike: I certainly think Joe Sakic is going to win this trade … He removed a disgruntled player and received seven pieces. Very impressive.

Mike, the timing of the Duchene trade makes me think this was all a ploy by the NHL to promote the games in Sweden and make us care enough or curious enough to watch the games. Is it crazy to think that kinda thing could happen?

Mike: I heard that, thought of that … it’s just ironic. Ottawa GM says there was a straight-up deal with Colorado by sending Turris to the Avs, then the Avs announcing Turris is going to Nashville. But Sakic nixed that, saying we do the three-team deal of nothing. That’s partly why Duchene dressed at New York before getting pulled with the deal finalized.

How legit are the Vegas Golden Knights?

Mike: Man, are they a hard-working team. Something like 7-0 against the Western Conference. They’ve had some bumps on this road trip but still very, very impressive start.

Do you think any of the Avs will drop the gloves against Duchene this weekend? After reading those comments from Erik Johnson I wouldn’t be surprised.

Mike: We joked the other day Erik Johnson would be the guy to drop ’em. But trust me, that won’t happen. Johnson might try to deliver a big hit but he won’t fight Duchene. Nobody is going to fight Duchene.

Which prospect in the organization, not from the trade this week, is making the most buzz? And do we expect to see that individual this year?

Mike: Minor-league prospects? I assume you mean young Avs guys. It’s Kerfoot, without a doubt. The smaaat kid from Harvard is an outstanding pickup.

Do the Avs have the pieces to form a contending team in the future? Is there enough talent there yet?

Mike: Yes. Moving Duchene for what they did sets them up nicely. I honestly didn’t think they would get more than a player, prospect and draft pick for Duchene — based on the fact he could be UFA after next season. Again, very impressive trade return for the soon-to-be UFA.

Semyon Varlamov seems to be closer to his old self so far, but it’s hard to forget some of the recent wobbles. Do the Avs have any long-term goalie prospects in the system? What’s the goaltending future for the next three to five years?

Mike: I don’t see Varlamov being the Varlamov of 2013-14 … just yet. He’s better.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Mike: Pearl Jam’s “Black” or U2’s “Beautiful Day” … thanks for asking. Also like Temple of the Dog.


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I’d like to think this club would win another cup in my lifetime but I doubt that will happen….True dat, my man. Andrighetto is a good NHL forward and has the best nickname … Ghetto.How did the Canadiens miss so badly on Sven Andrighetto? They could use some depth scoring and Martinsen is unfortunately toiling in the minors. Does Sakic or an assistant GM deserve praise for that gem of a deal?I don’t have an update about Soderberg’s wife, who was due Tuesday. I’ll try to find one.Did Soderberg join the team in Sweden?I’d like to try that. Please email me a recipe mchambers@denverpost.comWe have Swedish Pancakes too.To a certain extent. Those generational talents don’t make a hockey team. A hockey team is made up of 20 guys. I realize 34 and 97 are cherished talents and I’m not insinuating MacKinnon is there. He’s not.you are correct, but leafs and oils have AM34 & McDavid. Unless MacK is going to step up to their level, we aren’t in that categoryZadorov isn’t out of the doghouse. I believe he thinks he’s better than he probably is. He needs to rebuild his game by the Avalanche design.I am also worried about Zadorov. He is playing poorly and, despite, being scratched, he didn’t play well against NYI. He was torched by the Islander forward who came in and scored!You never know. We often see a bad NHL team make the playoffs the following year. Look at the Maple Leafs and Oilers. The “rise” might not be too far away.I like the trade but figure a so so year this year, missing the playoffs. Make the playoffs next year but out quick and then the third year is the year.Yeah, Colin Wilson is an expensive depth forward eh? Making $3.9M through next season.why did we trade for colin Wilson? if the idea was younger and faster, I don’t think he fits into that thinking…Pearl Jam “Black” or U2 “Beautiful Day” … thanks for asking. Also like Temple of the DogsWhat’s your go-to karaoke song?I don’t see Varlamov being the Varlamov of 2013-14 … just yet. He’s better.Varlamov seems to be closer to his old self so far, but it’s hard to forget some of the recent wobbles. Do the Avs have any long-term goalie prospects in the system? What’s the goaltending future for the next 3-5 years?Kind of goes to my last answer. Offensive-defensemen are so valuable right now. It’s a track meet. You still want some size back there but you want as many puck-runners in the organization as possible.How many offensive defensemen are needed? Doesn’t a championship caliber team need one? TB4, Girard, Makar… Can you see a trade for TB4?It’s the way the league is going. Two or three years ago the Avs wanted to follow the LA Kings model, big and tough … now the league is all about speed. Big guys aren’t as “big” as they were. The small guys shall survive. Look at Kerfoot, Butcher, Gaudreau etc.We’re getting younger, faster and more talented, but definitely smaller too. Is this a concern down the road, especially for a team with playoff goals…eventually?Yes. Moving Duchene for what they did sets them up nicely. I honestly didn’t think they would get more than a player, prospect and draft pick for Duchene — based on the fact he could be UFA after next season. Again, very impressive trade return for the soon-to-be UFA.Do the Avs have the pieces to form a contending team in the future? Is there enough talent there yet?Minor-league prospects? I assume you mean young Avs guys. It’s Kerfoot, without a doubt. The smaaat kid from Harvard is an outstanding pickup.Which prospect in the organization, not from the trade this week, is making the most buzz? And do we expect to see that individual this year?We joked the other day Erik Johnson would be the guy to drop ’em. But trust me, that won’t happen. Johnson might try to deliver a big hit but he won’t fight Duchene. Nobody is going to fight Duchene.Do you think any of the Avs will drop the gloves against Duchene this weekend? After reading those comments from EJ I wouldn’t be surprised.Man, are they a hard-working team. Something like 7-0 against the Western Conference. They’ve had some bumps on this road trip but still very, very impressive start.How legit are the Vegas Golden Knights?No worries. I know who you meant.That was meant to say Joe, not Joke, my bad.I heard that, thought of that … it’s just ironic. OTT GM says there was a straight-up deal with COL by sending Turris to the Avs, then the Avs announcing Turris is going to NSH. But Sakic nixed that, saying we do the three-team deal of nothing. That’s partly why Duchene dressed at New York before getting pulled with the deal finalized.Mike, the timing of the Duchene trade makes me think this was all a ploy by the NHL to promote the games in Sweden and make us care enough or curious enough to watch the games. Is it crazy to think that kinda thing could happen?This team still lacks an elite and experienced top-four deal. But now the Avs have nine picks in the first three rounds of the next three drafts. So having those picks helps you in trade discussions. But right now I think Sakic goes quiet.You are Joke Sakic, what is he next move you make to improve the team, in both the short term and long term?Tyson: I certainly think Joe Sakic is going to win this trade … He removed a disgruntled player and received seven pieces. Very impressive.Was the trade Joe Sakic’s last stand? If this fails, is he gone?I liked the trade at most angles. Yes, there might not be immediate benefit if Girard goes back to junior and Vladislav Kamenev stays in AHL. Bowers is definitely on the two-year plan at BU. But keep in mind MacKinnon is just 22 and Landeskog 25 this month. Jost is 19, Compher just 22 … on and on. It’s still a very young team. As for Sakic, I thought he did a very nice deal — and yes, it certainly bought him some tenure.Yay, another youth movement. So Mike, how much runway did this trade just buy for Joe Sakic, and how much longer before the Avs are relevant again?I’m hearing Compher is good to go, Jost is not. But Jost is practicing. Again, ultimately I believe Tyson Jost will be that No. 2 center.Do Compher and Jost both players this weekend? With Duchene gone we could use their help at center.Johnny B … good … Compher will center the No. 2 line with Andrighetto and probably Kerfoot, or Grimaldi. I believe the boys have today off in Sweden.What do the Avs lines look like now? I figure the first line of MacKinnon-Rantanen-Landy stays the same, but what about the rest?Swedish meatballs? What else can I choose from?Hello, what is your favorite food from Sweden?Right now it’s Compher. But I believe Tyson Jost or Kerfoot will ultimately be the No. 2 center behind MacKinnon.With Duchene gone, who stands to benefit the most? Kerfoot? Compher?Tommy: New D Samuel Girard is just 19. He can play four more NHL games before his ELC kicks in. If the Avs think he’s not ready, he’ll go back to junior in Quebec. But make no mistake, this kid is an electric offensive D-man who has a big-time future. Just might not be this year with CO. But keep an eye on Vladislav Kamenev. He’s in AHL right now but could very well be the new guy who makes the biggest impact early-on.Hello hockey fans, let’s do this …Which of these prospects from the Duchene trade is going to make an impact on the Avs this year?Welcome to today’s edition of the Lunch Special. Mike Chambers will be joining us at noon to talk everything Avs. The chat window is open, so feel free to submit your questions and check back at noon for Mike’s answers.

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