Avalanche complete trade deal with Sharks

The Colorado Avalanche fired head Coach Joe Sacco this weekend after missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

The Colorado Avalanche fired head Coach Joe Sacco this weekend after missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have completed a six player deal with the San Jose Sharks. The Avs acquired forwards Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa in exchange for T.J. Galiardi, Daniel Winnik and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft.

McGinn, 23, has played in all 61 games the Sharks have played this season, scoring 24 points. (12g/12a)

Connolly is currently playing for San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, where he is tied for second on the team with 30 points (10g/20a) in 40 games.

Sgarbossa, 19, has 84 points (41g/43a) in 57 games for the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League.

“Jamie McGinn will help our team immediately,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “At only 23 years of age, he already has significant NHL experience and will contribute at both ends of the ice.  We are also excited to be picking up two young prospects.”

The Avs are currently in 10th place in the Western Division, 2 points behind 8th place Dallas for a play-off position.