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Morning Flurries: The Avs are taking a gamble on Yakupov, will it pay off?

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Colorado Avalanche

Yakupov a worthy gamble for the Avalanche. He has skill, but will he show it in the Burgundy and Blue? [NBC Sports]

Adam Foote leaves the Colorado Avalanche organization. Again. Footer wants to focus on his family. Given that one son was drafted by Steve Yzerman and the other is expected to be drafted next Draft, this is unsurprising. But Foote has always been well-regarded. [BSN Denver]

Video: Avalanche review 2016-17 Blake Comeau: The confusing. [MHH]

The Rest of the Game

Bryan Murray, ex-NHL coach and GM, has passed away at the age of 74. Murray lost his fight with colon cancer. [Canyon News]

NHL statement regarding use of Red Wings logo. [NHL]

NHL 100 in 100: Martin St. Louis honoured by Lightning. I always loved Martin St. Louis’ game. It was great to see him get recognition from the Bolts. [Sportsnet]

Mark Streit loved every single minute of his day with the Stanley Cup on home soil in Switzerland. [Montreal Canadiens]