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Avs in on free agent Donskoi, which suggests a change in team philosophy and planning



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I thought I had a scoop tonight. Probably about 20 minutes ago, I got credible information, I believe, that the Avs want to sign potential unrestricted free agent Joonas Donskoi on Monday.

I then casually check my timeline on Twitter and see that, dammit, Pierre Lebrun had it a bit earlier. I suspect we might have heard from the same source. Hey, who cares who was first, right? The information is the important thing.

The Avs, a source told Colorado Hockey Now, are one of the finalists to land the 27-year-old Finn, who has spent the entirety of his NHL career in San Jose. I really like Donskoi a lot. He had 37 points this past season for the Sharks, and his puck-possession numbers have always been good. He’s fast and has played on nothing but winning teams for a demanding coach. Here’s a San Jose local blog scouting report on him.

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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