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More changes in Denver Written by Seymour Buttz - January 3rd, 2011

In one move the Colorado Avalanche have a new leading scorer, but the price to acquire him was steep. Will the risk be worth it?

In their search for more scoring the Colorado Avalanche may have unearthed a gem but had to pay some other riches to get him. Moving to Denver is Jason Pominville a former league All Star and legiotimate first line winger who can put the puck in the net, something which has been lacking of late.

The move was made out of necessity as Michael Ryder was faltering and Teemu Selanne has been inconsistent thus far. It prompted the team to go out and get a true number on winger, and pominville is the end result.

"We have had a problem scoring of late and it was becoming a problem as we were losing too many games from the lack of offence. The move should secure our top six forwards and hopefully give us balanced scoring on the right side"

Now sporting Pominville, Selanne and Clark on the rght wing it does open the door to other options as they all can play in the top two lines if so desired. Pominville was shocked at the trade, but says that he likes the idea of being the top man.

"It is tough moving but i am going to a great opportunity i believe in Colorado. This tam has all the pieces its jut a matter of making them all fit. If i am the missing piece then all the better" says Pominville

The deal sees Colorado give up Michael Ryder, David Backes, Mark katic and prospect Ben Smith for Pominville, Taylor Aronson and hulking defence prospect Oliver Lauridsen.

"Is there a risk in maing a move liek this? Of course there is" says GM sentinel20 "We gave up a lot i am aware of that. I had more offers on David Backes then any other single player and its tough to lose him, but i felt the return was adequate. We get a guy who automatically is our leading scorer and can provide us with offence in clutch situations as well as a great defence prospect in Aronson, this deal would not have been made if he had not been included. I also like the upside of Lauridsen and his size is impressive. Losing both Backes and Smith is tough as i had hopes for both, but i feel where we sit righ now is better than where we sat prior to this trade"

The Avalanche have had solid contributions of late from the fourth line and have cut down on their goals and shots against, so hopefully the scoring will now be taken care of as well. Pominville adds a new dimension lets see if its the missing piece to the puzzle

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