Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Erik Johnson Helps Beat His Former Team; Peter Stastny Rips Trade

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Prior to Tuesday's Colorado-St. Louis game, a match up that featured the two teams involved in one of the biggest trades of the season, newly acquired Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson said he wanted to make his former general manager (Doug Armstrong) regret trading him. Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame father of one of his new teammates was having his own regrets about the deal.

The Blues, of course, sent Johnson to Colorado last Saturday in a shocking blockbuster trade that involved three recent first-round draft picks (and a future first-round pick), including Johnson, a former No. 1 overall selection.

Said Johnson, via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post (complete video can be seen by clicking here), "I want to make them regret trading Erik Johnson. There's no doubt about that and I say that with the utmost respect in the world for them. I respect Doug Armstrong, I respect John Davidson, everybody I met here in this city. At the end of the day, I want them to be kicking themselves for trading me."

The Avalanche ended up winning Tuesday's game in St. Louis by a 4-3 margin, thanks in part to a goal from Johnson himself late in the third period to break a 2-2 tie. After picking off a St. Louis clearing attempt along the boards, Johnson worked the puck to the middle of the ice, held off a defender, and ripped a shot from between the circles past Blues goaltender Ty Conklin. It was nice illustration of the talent, upside and ability that made Johnson a top pick in the draft, and also made him a highly coveted asset in a trade.


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