In Las Vegas, a “tell” is a dirty word. You don’t want to give away your hand with some kind of twitch or habit. But when it comes to the Colorado Avalanche making the final decision on its final top-six defenseman, the team might have made a tell Thursday night in Vegas. Chris Bigras – not Duncan Siemens, not Andrei…

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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.