Sitting next to countryman Semyon Varlamov, joking and laughing in their Russian tongue, newcomer Nail Yakupov doesn’t look like a man on his third team in three years and on what might be the last gasp of his NHL career. The playful demeanor from the Colorado Avalanche forward has eroded the trademark stoicism of his netminder teammate and brought some…

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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