The old saying “The most popular player in town is the backup quarterback” applies to goalies too. The backup is the sentimental favorite, the “C’mon, give the guy a shot, let’s see what he can do” people’s choice. Then, they become the starter and when he has his first bad game, the peanut gallery starts up again for his…

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Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.