The Avalanche extended qualifying offers to Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie, Mikhail Grigorenko, Calvin Pickard and Duncan Siemens while cutting ties with Brandon Gormley and buying out Brad Stuart.

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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.