For the second consecutive season, the Colorado Avalanche used the opening of free agency to make a blockbuster trade. Once again tapping into their depth of defensemen, the Avs dealt Nikita Zadorov to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Brandon Saad. The entire deal works out as: Colorado receives: Brandon Saad, Dennis Gilbert Chicago receives: Nikita Zadorov, Anton Lindholm, $1M…

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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