The Colorado Avalanche made the first of what should be many roster moves today, trading F Cody McLeod to the Nashville Predators for D Felix Girard.
Girard, 22, was a fourth round draft pick of the Predators back in 2013 and spent all 35 games played this season with the clubs AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. He has three goals and five assists this season. He will be assigned to the Avs affiliate in San Antonio.
McLeod has just one point in 28 games played this season, while picking up 52 penalty minutes with an average TOI of 5:53. He carries a $1.3M cap hit with one more year on his deal and the Avalanche will retain 40% of his salary according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. According to CapFriendly.com, the Avalanche now have $1.02M in cap space.
This is a move that I’ve long advocated for because for all of McLeod’s leadership abilities, his on ice contributions do not merit him being on a roster that is in need of a major overall. Hopefully this will be the first event that starts a ridding of aging veterans that should be replaced but younger, more skillful players currently stuck in the AHL.