When a team finishes last in their conference, loses their star player of 20 years, and trades away their highest paid player, expectations are low. If the first two games were any indication, those expectations need to increase drastically. Despite having arguably the worst personnel (on paper) in franchise history, this year's Colorado Avalanche has come flying out of the gate. The team has been doing what every good team is supposed to do: control the play and keep the puck out of it's own net. The major contributing factor to this is management's decision to remove slower players like Arnason, Tjarnqvist, and Smyth (sorry Smitty) from the roster. In their place are younger, quicker players like Duchene, Galiardi, and Hendricks. Having young players fighting for roster spots has made t ...
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