The trade deadline always presents an odd exercise in building a team that’s trying to win a championship. It’s almost never core pieces that get moved but complementary ones, players on the periphery. After all, it’s largely the good teams in the league trying to pillage the bad teams for the players that can help them the most. That alone…

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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