Joe Sakic is a picture of patience. For a second straight year, his Avalanche clawed their way into the playoffs, but he resisted the temptation to mortgage the future for band-aid upgrades at the trade deadline. Now, patience gets rewarded. Holding Ottawa’s first-rounder at the 2019 podium, the Avs will pick fourth and have their own first-round selection. Sakic can accelerate the team’s timeline with major prospect additions.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: We all know what Colorado needs: depth at forward. Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen scored an even higher percentage of the team’s goals than they did the year before. It’s a bountiful UFA market, so the Avs could target a big name if they don’t think the 2019 draft improves them enough – or if they want more experience and ...
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