It was a relatively quiet Monday morning. The Avalanche scheduled two pressers, one with newly-acquired Brandon Saad, the other with Joe Sakic, to talk about the only external move the Avs had made to improve their team. There were internal contracts, of course, as Andre Burakovsky and Valeri Nichushkin got new contracts. As we’d come to learn, Ryan Graves had…

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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.