When the Colorado Avalanche ripped off the band-aid with their trade of Matt Duchene, it revealed the scarring of a scab too frequently picked at that clearly never properly healed. That scar is the original rebuild operation the Avs began after the 2008-09 season when they overhauled their decision-makers in the front office and found themselves with the third overall…

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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. Follow AJ on Twitter - @returnofaj

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