In the rare case of the rumor mill getting one right, the Avalanche announced tonight they had traded Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and forward Mikhail Maltsev. The trade of Graves two days before the Avalanche must submit their protection list for next week’s expansion draft is an important move 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 - @returnofaj