Colorado Avalanche Simply Reloaded in Returning to Playoffs

August 9th, 2010 by Mike Stainkamp Leave a reply »

So much for "rebuilding." The Colorado Avalanche opened eyes last season when they made the playoffs, simply because that doesn't happen often to a team coming off a last-place finish in its conference that has been given the "rebuilding" label.

With a wealth of young talent that includes second-year forwards Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly, and Brandon Yip, the Avalanche have a very bright future that is only getting brighter.

The front office decided against pursuing big-name veteran players this offseason, showing loyalty to the depth of the Avs system. They already have a solid core in place and want to allow those players to grow and develop together, while stockpiling more young talent through the Entry Draft.

Milan Hejduk will be returning to the Avs and will be one of the veteran leaders on the team, helping out those younger players.

The Colorado Avalanche are looking to improve on a successful season in which they finished with 95 points and claimed the eighth seed in the Western Conference. With their core of young players, led by last season's points leader Paul Stastny (79 points), the Avs are a solid offensive te ...

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