Is Marek Svatos As Good As Traded?

Jordan WalshCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2008

I was just reading some rumours online and saw that the Avalanche are discussing a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Apparently the trade seems to be Marek Svatos and Brett Clark, or even Jordan Leopold for Pavel Kubina.

Another deal that I've heard a lot about is Marek Svatos, Brett Clark a prospect and a draft pick (guessed to be around a 3rd or 4th pick) for Jay Bouwmeester. Apparently the Avalanche are in heavy discussion with the Panthers organization trying to get this done as soon as possible.

I don't know what to think of all this. If the Av's do trade Marek Svatos for Jay Bouwmeester then sure, their defense just went from great to amazing but their offence goes from good to poor.

I like Marek Svatos, but if we can get Jay Bouwmester for him, i think Francois Giguere needs to consider it very carefully and maybe accept the offer.

Although losing Marek Svatos is a huge blow to the Av's offence, it adds a great, promising, franchise defenseman to the organization. Furthermore, if prospects like T.J. Hensick and David Jones truly are NHL ready, that should relieve some pressure from losing Marek Svatos.

I like Marek Svatos, but I think his days in an Avalanche uniform, are numbered.