In a minor trade completed on Monday, the Avalanche have acquired the services of defenseman Cody Goloubef from the Columbus Blue Jackets. They sent defenseman Ryan Stanton back to Columbus in return.
It is a trade involving two AHL defensemen and most likely wont effect the Avalanche lineup anytime soon, but the exchange brings certain advantages to the Colorado organization.
First off, Goloubef is a right-handed shot — something the organization severely lacks depth at. They had reportedly been shopping around the league for a trade like this and finally found the right fit. He is also a year younger (26) than Stanton (27).
The obvious advantage of bringing in Goloubef though, is his experience with coach Jared Bednar. Now, the defenseman will report to the AHL affiliate in San Antonio right away, and will only be needed in emergency situations, but he played under Bednar in the AHL level a few seasons back and knows what his system is all about. What’s important about this is, he can instantly become somewhat of a leader down in San Antonio — teaching the rest of the Avs’ young defensemen down there on what coach Bednar expects and how they can fit into the system better.
In 96 career games played in the NHL, the 6-foot-1, 201 lbs Goloubef has scored two goals to go along with 16 assists for 18 points. He was the Blue Jackets’ 2nd round pick (37th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin.
Notes: As far as the Avalanche go in terms of their current roster… Semyon Varlamov is back and healthy but will be the backup to Calvin Pickard on Tuesday night against Nashville. Erik Johnson missed practice on Monday and morning skate on Tuesday, but will be in the lineup against the Predators.