“Hey Dater!” The voice at the other end of the cell line is instantly recognizable. It’s Cody McLeod, The Highlander himself, No. 55 on your score sheet, No. 1 in your hearts. In three days, McLeod will be in Pittsburgh playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Nashville Predators, so there are probably more important things on 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.