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State of the Avalanche: GM Joe Sakic talks acquisitions, Cup expectations



Avalanche GM "Trader Joe" Sakic

Like it or not, as of 1 p.m. MST Monday, this is the Colorado Avalanche roster that will be expected—and is expected—to compete for the Stanley Cup in the coming months.

With the NHL trade deadline passing Monday afternoon, no more trades may be executed this season, and the only NHL roster changes that will take place are the transactions between the AHL, the taxi squad and the respective NHL club.

The Avalanche made trades to reacquire forward Carl Soderberg from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, adding to the reacquisition of defenseman Patrik Nemeth from Detroit on Friday, and the addition of goaltender Devan Dubnyk on Saturday.

All that, in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn, prospects Josh Dickinson and Ryder Rolston, as well as a 4th-round pick in 2022 and a 5th-round selection this season.

“This is as deep a team as we’re going to have here,” Sakic said Monday evening. “We have four lines that are really deep…We love the way this team is coming together, love the way they’re playing.

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“For management, I know for fans, and everybody in the dressing room believes this is the time we need to compete for the Stanley Cup.”

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as, and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he works as a Marketing Executive when he's not writing.

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