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Two more top-six left wingers are off the boards today, neither going to Colorado. Alexander Frolov went to the Rangers while Alexei Ponikarovsky went to the Kings. Either player would have filled a need for the Avalanche and a reasonable salary ($3 million and $3.2 million respectively). And both signed one-year deals, which means no long-term contractual obligations to get in the way of all those pesky future contract renewals (or even current ones like, say, for Chris Stewart or Peter Mueller).

Maybe there is something bigger coming down the pipeline...but we're quickly running out of bigger fish to pursue.