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Morning Flurries: Nikita Zadorov in the rumor mill

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Speculation heats up as the offseason approaches

NHL: FEB 29 Avalanche at Predators Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It's finally that time of year where the NHL collectively begins to look toward plans and moves for the upcoming 2020-21 season and naturally trade speculation follows. The Athletic ($) put up their trade board update which contained unsurprisingly Nikita Zadorov but also Erik Johnson. The Colorado Avalanche will have some decisions to make on how to shape their defense going forward but also get the most out of the assets they already hold.

Speaking of Zadorov, his second daughter was born on September 16th just as he arrived home from Edmonton. The Avalanche never disclosed Zadorov’s injury nor discussed his recovery but he clearly needed to get that arm taken care of.

Joonas Donskoi is back in Denver and helped out with the Avalanche’s annual GiveSPORTS equipment drive.

Mikko Rantanen showing off that hand-eye coordination with a tennis ball.

In other big news, it appears the World Junior Championship will proceed as scheduled this year over the holidays but will utilize the Edmonton bubble to help keep the participants safe.