Friday, June 28, 2013

Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames Trade Forwards and Defensemen

The Colorado Avalanche sent forward David Jones and defenseman Shane O'Brien to the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich, according to  

Tanguay had begun his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche in 1999-00, after being selected 12th overall by that franchise in the 1998 NHL entry draft.  In his rookie campaign with Colorado, Tanguay had notched 51 points in 76 regular season games.  In his most recent NHL campaign, with the Calgary Flames at the age of 33, he tallied 27 points in 40 regular season games.   He's currently operating under a 5-year contract valued at $17.5 million which expires after the 2015-16 NHL season.  

Sarich has been in the league since 1998-99, and was a member of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Champion team.  In 915 regular season games with Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Calgary, Sarich has earned 148 points.

David Jones, a winger from Guelph, Ontario, was drafted in 2003 by the Avalanche and has played with that squad for the past six NHL seasons.   He's scored 70 goals to go with 56 assists over those past six regular seasons.  Jones, who will be 29 when next season starts, is under contract through 2015-16 at $4 million per season.

O'Brien, a big defenseman who will turn 30 prior to the upcoming season, is described as "intimidating" and a "physical defenseman".  He has picked up 88 points in 483 regular season games, to go with 853 penalty minutes.   

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