At the end of the 2014 NHL season, the Avalanche and Lightning were a mirrored pair. Both teams were young, talented, and playoff surprises thanks to the explosive offense generated by their young stars. Both teams suffered disappointing first round losses thanks to a lack of defensive talent and depth. Even the team’s general managers were a matching pair:…

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Cole is Vancouver born but a Colorado native at heart, spending 21 years in the Denver and Boulder area. This CU Boulder graduate started covering the Avalanche with Mile High Hockey in 2011 and after four years took over briefly as the site's managing editor. After a year trapped in Chicago Blackhawk's territory Cole is back in Boulder writing on the Avalanche and their prospects.