Lou Lamoriello, the godfather of the NHL CEOs, has no infused science. Despite his experience, Lamoriello is not immune from a mistake, such as Devon Toews’ swap with Colorado Avalanche.
Lamoriello moved on October 12, 2020. The Islanders GM sacrificed Toews to free up some cap money by sending him to Avalanche for a pick in the 2nd round of 2021 and a 2nd round at the 2022 auction.
Just two weeks after arriving in Denver, Toews signed a $ 16.4 million ($ 4.1 million average) four-year contract with his new team. Joe Sakic not only had the talent to make this deal with the islanders, but he also struck a blow by securing his services for four seasons at a more than respectable salary.
“Yes, that exchange changed the course of my career,” Toews said on a media day last Wednesday at the Ball Arena. I can’t predict what my career would be like if I was still in New York. But I loved my years with the islanders. It was good for me and my family. I was happy with this team. We are talking about a good team and a good organization. Hockey remains a business. The islanders chose to trade me. I found myself in Colorado in an excellent environment ”.
As for the Islanders, they used the Avalanche’s 2nd round choice (60th overall) to convince the Arizona Coyotes to accept winger Andrew Ladd’s heavy contract. A year after Toews’ departure, Lamoriello still doesn’t have a single asset from that trade with Sakic.
In the Montreal draft on July 7 and 8, the islanders will have the choice of Avalanche in the second round. This will most likely be the 65th choice ever. The islanders will need prayer and a lot of luck to get a potential customer with this late round two pick.
In his second season at Colorado, Toews solidified his place among the NHL’s top defenders. At 28, the British Colombian had a phenomenal season with 57 points (13 goals, 43 assists) in 66 games and a record of +52.
When we add the advantages and disadvantages of Toews and Cale Makar, its partner on the blue line, we come up with the round number of +100. It’s not that bad though.
“Cale is the best defender in the world, so I couldn’t find a better partner than him,” Toews humbly said. In my eyes, he is the best defender in the NHL. It complements me well and I’m trying to do the same for him. “
“Devon and I like offensive play, Makar added. But we have made a lot of effort to become better defenders in our own territory. Toews is as good a person as a good defender. I have nothing but good things to say about him. I’m lucky to have him by my side ”.
While Makar won the Norris Trophy for the first time in his career this season, Toews also received votes for that honor. He finished 8th behind Makars, Roman Josi, Victor Hedman, Charlie McAvoy, Adam Fox, Aaron Ekblad and Kristopher Letang.
Prior to this fifth game of the final against the Lightning, Toews had amassed 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) as well as maintaining a record of +6 in 18 playoff games. With a playing time of 25 min 22 s, he is the second most used player for Avalanche after Makar (25:40).