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Avalanche NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog – who are Avs targeting?



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Good morning. Not a lot of sleep last night, but oh well. Time to talk Avalanche NHL trade deadline, and what I’m hearing throughout the morning leading up to the 1 p.m. Mountain cutoff.

I just was informed by a good source that the Avs are “trying” to get Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp. He’s 27, in last year of deal, UFA this summer. A probable rental, in other words. He’s big (6-1, 206) and plays center. He’s currently centering the Jets’ third line, and that’s the likely role he’d have with the Avs.

I guess that would make Nico Sturm a fourth-line center. That’s all stuff to worry about later, so let’s just stick to what we know here.

Copp has a history of multiple concussions. There was worry recently that he had another one, in fact, but apparently not and he had three assists in a Winnipeg win last night. He’s got 13 goals and 35 points in 56 games this season. He’s been in double figures in goals the last four seasons and consistently wins faceoffs in the low 50s range (it’s 54% so far this year).

Health risks aside, Copp would be a nice deadline pickup. But at what cost? Remember, Avs don’t have a first-round pick in 2022, so that might be a hindrance to a deal. Would Copp be worth a first-round pick anyway? Seems like the opinion on that is mixed.

What say you Avs fan?

I’ll be updating this as news/rumors/wild/reckless speculation continues…

Domi’s name has been in rumors, with some linking him to the Avs. If he came here, it would be his fourth team in seven years. He’s got talent, but he’s small and I don’t know if he makes sense for this team at the moment.

So, Marc-Andre Fleury to the Wild. Interesting. Avs never made any offers for Flower, by the way.

On Cal Clutterbuck, I’m hearing mixed things. One source said Avs are still “poking around” on him, while another thinks it won’t happen. We’ll see.

Personally, I think Clutterbuck would be a nice addition. He’d probably slot into Kubel’s current spot on the fourth line if he came here.

He hasn’t been linked to the Avs at all, but did people notice Jake DeBrusk signed a two-year extension at a $4 million cap hit this morning – yet reports are he still wants to be traded?

I wonder about DeBrusk. The contract extension actually makes him more tradeable, I think. Teams like to get a player with term if they can. Why can’t he come here?

I’m told Avs are NOT interested in Max Domi.

Avs get Arturri Lehkonen from Montreal for Justin Barron and a second-round pick. First reaction: I don’t like the deal. Writing that story now.

Andrew Cogliano to Avs from San Jose. He’s getting older, not the player he once was. But lots of playoff experience. Probably a replacement for Kubel, or at least a platoon situation. We’ll see.

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