It All Trolls Downhill: Just What The Heck Are The Avs Up To?

by J.R.

Never in their history have the Colorado Avalanche been so perfectly named.

An avalanche is nature’s great example of the law of conservation of energy. Energy cannot be created nor can it be destroyed; it can be converted from one form to another — potential energy to kinetic. Pent up momentum released by one movement — a wall of snow rushes downhill, sweeping up all in its path in a horrifying, irresistible cold terror.

This week, Colorado Avalanche executive vice-president of hockey operations Joe Sakic kicked a rock at the top of the mountain.

ap-avalanche-sakic-retires-hockey-4_3_rx404_c534x401In an interview with the Denver Post‘s Adrian Dater, Sakic said this:

“If we do pick first, we’re leaning more toward one of those three forwards,” Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic told The Denver Post.

By eschewing the consensus No. 1 pick to choose one of Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Alexander Barkov sends shockwaves down the draft board and standing at the bottom of that mountain, gazing up in terror are Nashville Predators fans, who saw their No. 4 spot as the perfect place to address a long-time organizational need — a dynamic, goal-scoring forward. Now? If the Avs do indeed pass on Jones, well, the chances are greater, as James Nelson put it, David Poile will be unable to resist a player — if available — that has his two favorite attributes: “American” and “defenseman.”

You’ll have to forgive Preds fans if they think the Avs are doing a magnificent piece of trolling, especially after a post from WHL From Above that begins thus:

I’ve been told by a fairly good source that Finnish C Aleksander ‘Sasha’ Barkov is the target for the Colorado Avalanche as we approach the 2013 NHL Draft.

Barkov is the player most analysts expected to fall to Nashville and is a player that front-office types at Fifth & Broad have gushed about. And now the Avs are going to take him? Starting a chain reaction that leads to Nashville taking a blueliner? That is a piece of good work out of Denver.

Conference III talked with Avs fan Anthrax Joneswho weeks ago warned us the Colorado’s new front office team might be a bit of a wild card — about the news.

Our words are in bold, his words are in italics. All links were added by III Communication.

Is the Joe Sakic/Patrick Roy/Sherman Pneumatomachian trinity just trolling Nashville? I’m almost convinced of it.

If they pass on Jones, that increases the likelihood Nashville HAS to take Jones at 4. And if they do so by taking Barkov, that’s a double troll, as he’s the guy they publicly (and privately) lust after.

I’m very impressed if this is so.

090701-greasePart of me is convinced this is a really bad ploy to draw Florida into making a dumb trade, but man they didn’t go gentle. They made it sound like Jones isn’t even one of the 3 best players in the draft.

Maybe it’s the new gang coming in like new inmates on the first day in the joint.

I want to see them roving the floor of the draft and stealing shit off other teams’ tables. (Ed. Note: In our little visual example at right: Sakic is Danny, Roy is Keneckie, Sherman is Doody)

“You’re not eating this.” [Feaster cries...slo-mo cut to Sather mouthing "Who is that?"]

Nashville was forced to react to the Avs announcement. In a radio interview this morning, Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton had this to say:

We knew things were going to be different for the Avs with their front office shake-up, but the shaking has, already, been more robust than we could have dreamed. The outsider among outsiders, the Avs have come into Conference III fighting.