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Avalanche acquire Ross Colton from Tampa Bay

Colorado flips the 37th pick from Montreal into a two-way centerman.

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The Colorado Avalanche are officially wheeling and dealing following yesterday’s transaction with the Montreal Canadiens, which sent Alex Newhook in exchange for a 1st and a 2nd round pick. They have turned that second-round pick (37th overall) into Ross Colton, formerly of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ross Colton is a two-way forward with a Cup Championship pedigree and should fit nicely into the Avalanche bottom six. His offensive numbers aren’t eye-popping, but he tends to create high-danger chances and brings much-needed physicality to the center group.

Chris MacFarland and Joe Sakic are not content with returning forward depth strictly through the free-agent market. With so many holes to fill, that’s a good call, as the money will dry up fast. They shouldn’t be done dealing with the two firsts in their pocket heading into tonight’s NHL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee.

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