While there is no agreement yet in place, the good news for fans of the Avalanche who fervently hope University of Denver defenseman and Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher signs with the team is: the two sides are still talking. Butcher, who starred for the Pioneers team that won the NCAA hockey championship this month, met with Avs general…

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Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.