Reports: Avs, Caps trade talks intensify
WASHINGTON (CP) - The Colorado Avalanche are in serious talks with
the Washington Capitals about trading for goalie Olaf Kolzig and
defenceman Sergei Gonchar, the Denver Post and Washington Post both
reported in Monday's editions.
The Capitals have reportedly asked for 25-year-old Avalanche
defenceman Derek Morris in return and another young prospect and or
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers are
also believed to be after Gonchar.
The Washington Post said trade talks between the Avs and Caps
had "intensified" over the weekend.
Avs GM Pierre Lacroix, who has a good relationship with Caps GM
George McPhee and already acquired Steve Konowalchuk from the
Capitals this season, has expressed a willingness to part with
multiple draft picks as well as Morris, sources told the Post.
The only drawback on Morris is his $3.5-million US salary although
the Capitals are desperate for established defencemen.
Kolzig is due to earn $6.25 million next season.
The Avs may be looking to the 33-year-old Kolzig, a former Vezina
Trophy winner, as insurance in case Avs goalie David Aebischer
struggles in the playoffs.
Kolzig and Gonchar were held out of Saturday's Capitals game against
Tampa Bay, leading to speculation each would be dealt soon. The
Capitals have already dumped highly paid stars Jaromir Jagr, Peter
Bondra and Robert Lang and have informed Kolzig and Gonchar they may
be dealt as well.
Gonchar, 29, is the NHL's leading scorer among defencemen, with seven
goals and 49 points in 56 games. He averages a league-high 27.95
minutes per game and is considered one of the league's premier point
men on the power play.
Morris has seen his offensive production slip from the 48 points he
posted last season in 75 games. He has five goals and 26 points in 64