This piece was written by guest contributor Dayton Buchanan When General Manager Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche acquired Devon Toews and Brandon Saad this off-season two things were confirmed:  The Avalanche were ready to go all in. Their self-perception matched the public perception, they were legitimate cup contenders, and after years of careful cap-management and asset accumulation, it was…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast. Follow AJ on Twitter - @returnofaj