In a big-time “balls on the table” type of move, the Avalanche finished off the first day of the new NHL calendar year by trading for Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper. The Avs tried to grind out a contract with Philipp Grubauer, who was coming off a career year, but couldn’t find the right middle ground as he left for…

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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 - @AJHaefele