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How should the Avalanche improve their defense?

As every Avalanche fan knows our defense is brutal. We need more high-end defensemen that can play consistently every night. There are a few ways that we can fix the problem. One is via trade; we have quite a few young forwards, many of which could be expandable if the right deal came in place. I believe Paul Statsny or Ryan O’Reilly would be great trade bait for the team to try to land a high-end defenseman. I am not sure of any that are available at the time, but I am sure as the draft and free agency approaches more defensemen will be able to be obtained. One way which I would not like to see happen is through the NHL draft, and that would be picking Seth Jones. Picking Seth Jones does not sit well with me and I would hate to see the Avalanche take him over Nate MacKinnon. Therefore, I personally would pass on the draft, unless we can pull a Detroit and pick an all-star in the seventh round. The best way I think is through free agency. There are quite a few defensemen up on the free agent market this off-season and this would be the team’s best way to improve their defense. The first man the Avalanche should chase is Mark Streit. He has played exceptionally well on a very weak Islanders team. Having the privilege of watching him play a handful of times, I am aware of the skill he possesses, and I believe he is one of the most under appreciated players in the league. Adding him would be a great addition to the team. In addition, another decent player for a reasonable price is Kurtis Foster. With a salary hit of around the ballpark of one million, he is player that would be worth the try, I mean I do not think it is possible to get much worse. Other free agent defensemen include: Radek Martinek, Steve Eminger, Marc-Andre Bergeron, and Andrew Ference just to name a few. Although I have no say in what the Avalanche decide to do, I am hoping that will take the free agency path. I think this is the best path as it is the most risk free, the team will not waste a draft pick, nor will they make a bad trade. However, in the end, we need a better defense and as long as it works out and there are very few bumps in the road I guess I will have to be happy with whatever path they take.

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