It’s hard to build a Stanley Cup contender. It might be even harder to build a 48-point team. In the summer of 2016, with a front office later revealed to be in turmoil, that’s just what Joe Sakic & Co. managed to do. It’s odd looking back on it because at the time Colorado’s approach to free agency and…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast.