Avs Deal Popular Tough Guy Cody McLeod To Nashville

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The first shot across the bow of an underachieving Colorado Avalanche roster was fired by GM Joe Sakic Friday.

The Avs, who have made it be known that anyone not named Nathan MacKinnon or Mikko Rantanen is available for trade, dealt long-serving and popular pugilist Cody McLeod to Nashville for minor leaguer Felix Girard.

However, Sakic sought McLeod’s blessing before working the phones on a deal.

“After all the work he’s put in for the Avalanche, I asked Cody what he wanted to do. I was going to treat him like basically he had a no-move (clause),” Sakic told the Denver Post. “I gave him the opportunity, I told him it was Nashville.”

McLeod, who was the longest tenured veteran on the team at 659 games, had a goal and 52 penalty minutes this season. Girard, a fourth round pick of the Preds in 2013, has spent his entire pro career in the minors. He had eight points in 35 games for Milwaukee of the AHL.

The move also has the added bonus of freeing up a slot in the line-up to properly evaluate Matt Nieto, who was picked up on waivers earlier.

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