Free agency has been and gone. All the good players were hoovered up in a matter of hours. The Avs were able to scoop up Jarome Iginla to replace the departing Paul Stastny, as Penis McNabb said: "It was like a trade."
However, Colorado was unable to significantly improve the D corp(se), but they were talking to Niskanen, Erhoff, Gorges, Fayne and Stralman as well as Brooks Orpik too.
Erhoff went pretty much straight to Pittsburgh, but we know he spoke to the Avs.
Orpik and Stralman spoke to the Avs but went to different destinations for family reasons.
Gorges, Fayne and Niskanen all went elsewhere, although with Niskanen, we know that the Avs were on the shortlist.
What if Colorado's legalisation of cannabis was what put off Orpik, Stralman and Niskanen? Was their "family reasons" being that they didn't want their children or relatives to be in an environment where cannabis is seen as the norm?
We might never know the full reasons behind any of these decisions, but Colorado has the enviable reputation as a sports-loving great-outdoors state, with a good climate and progressive local government. It's certainly no detoilet and the Avs are a young up-and-coming team with lots of opportunity. So why couldn't we land any of the big fish?
Maybe, just maybe - it's the drug policy putting off families.