Avs get youngster Wall, give up veteran May in trade

Updated: February 27, 2007, 7:52 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche were active in the final hour before the end of the trade deadline Tuesday, picking up minor league goalie Michael Wall from the Anaheim Ducks for forward Brad May.

The Avalanche also reacquired Scott Parker from the San Jose Sharks for a sixth-round pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft. Parker played for Colorado when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2001.

Wall, 21, has played most of the season with Anaheim's American Hockey League team, the Portland Pirates. He was 10-6-1 with a 3.13 goals-against average.

But the acquisition of Wall makes for a logjam of net minders for Colorado. The Avalanche already have Peter Budaj and Jose Theodore.

May has missed 53 games this season after shoulder surgery on Sept. 28. He injured the shoulder in a preseason game against Detroit. He played in 10 games for Colorado this season and had three assists.

"Michael Wall is a solid prospect who will help the goaltending depth in our system," Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Francois Giguere said.

Wall has been recalled by the Ducks two times this season, going 2-2 with a 2.97 GAA.

On his way out of the Avalanche locker room Tuesday morning, May was asked about possibly being traded.

"You just don't know," he said as he left.

Parker was traded by Colorado to the Sharks in June 2003 for a fifth-round draft pick. He's played in only 11 games this season due to ankle and back injuries.

The Avalanche players were in a jovial mood before the trade deadline, even joking about who may be dealt.

"You've got to laugh about it," forward Ian Laperriere said. "I asked the guys for their tickets for [Tuesday night's] game if they get traded.

"It's on everyone's mind, unless you're Joe [Sakic]. He knows he's not going anywhere."

Colorado announced Tuesday morning that defenseman Karlis Skrastins will be out for up to 10 days with a sprained knee.

The Avalanche recalled defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from Albany of AHL to take Skrastins' place.

Skrastins's streak of 495 consecutive games ended when he couldn't take the ice Sunday night against Anaheim. It was longest by a defenseman in league history.

Skrastins injured the knee the night before in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

"We'll miss him certainly," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday at the morning skatearound. The Avalanche play at home against Columbus on Tuesday night. "You've got to commend him on an outstanding streak and how competitive he is."

The Avalanche players didn't think the roster needed to be completely remodeled Tuesday.

"We do have really good guys," forward Andrew Brunette said. "We've not got the results we've wanted, but we've played well."

And while Colorado is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference -- 12 points behind Calgary for the last playoff spot -- they're still holding out hope for the postseason. The Avalanche have made the playoffs every season -- except the strike year, of course -- since moving to town in 1995.

"It looks bleak. But there's still a chance," Brunette said.

Milan Hejduk agreed. That's why Hejduk, who's been linked to trade rumors, didn't want to see his name announced in a trade Tuesday.

"We're not done here yet," Hejduk said. "We're in a deep hole, but it's not over yet. I want to stay here and battle back and see what happens."


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