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The Avalanche had a scout at the New York Rangers’ game at Winnipeg last night. Make of that what you will.

With Nazem Kadri out for what I fear could be between 4-6 weeks and the NHL trade deadline here on Feb. 24, the Avs may have to explore a trade option to fill in the gap and/or add to the playoff roster.

The Avs have been linked with the Rangers’ Chris Kreider as a potential rental on the top six, but Kreider isn’t a center. He’s a left wing. I don’t think the Avs want to give up an expensive package of picks/prospects for any pretty much anything at the deadline. But sometimes injuries can force things.

We heard Kyle Connor’s name in rumors the other day from Winnipeg, but I weighed in on that already.

I think the Avs will scout a bunch of players in the coming week or so, and make their reports back to Joe Sakic for evaluation. No big scoop there. But I think the chances of a bigger deal have gone up because of the Kadri injury.

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AD – What are your thoughts on the Avs going after Jean-Gabriel Pageau – he’s a 52% face off guy, he’s sitting on 34 points and only has a 3.1M cap hit, can play Center or wing.

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