Before the puck even dropped between the Colorado Avalanche and hosting Los Angeles Kings, the Avs had been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race when the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks earlier in the day. The dream was officially dead. Everyone knew it was a matter of time as the Avs had consistently failed to capitalize on the weak…

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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