Avalanche Rumors: 3 Players Who Won't Be Involved in Trade Offers

The Colorado Avalanche are gearing up for what they hope is another long Stanley Cup Playoff run. While there's been some recent news drop that captain Gabriel Landeskog will be ready for the postseason, the Avs are also expected to add a couple of depth pieces to round out their roster. 

GM Chris MacFarland will be active on the trade market, offering up some prospects and draft picks to try and land some more experience. While there's a number of players who could potentially get moved, this time around we're looking at three Avs' players who won't be traded, not named Makar or MacKinnon:

Jonathan Drouin

The experiment has worked with flying colors and Drouin has once again found his game. Playing with MacKinnon has helped and so too has a commitment to both sides of the puck. Drouin could be lined up for a contract extension in Colorado and so far this season, has recorded 22 points in 40 games. He's on pace for his biggest output since 2018-19.

Ross Colton

While MacFarland has showed he isn't scared of a bold trade, i.e Alex Newhook deal, Colton won't be going anywhere. The Avs signed the rugged forward last summer and even though this season he doesn't have any trade protection and the next three years he does, no deal coming. Colton's offense has slumped at times, with only 17 points in 40 games but he's a physical presence and a great bottom-six piece in Colorado. 

Samuel Girard

Girard's a tough case and if any of these three players actually happens to get dealt, it's Girard for sure. He's having a down season at just six points in 21 games and his seven-year extension holds trade protection, it just doesn't start until next season. Could a summer deal be coming? Certainly some potential there as he's set to make $5 million against the cap until after 2026-27 season. Having Landeskog out for so long helps save some money, which may in fact have saved Girard from a trade.

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