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Big changes in Avs offseason Written by Sentinel20 - August 27th, 2009
Finishing last in the league last season did noty sit well in the Avs front offices. Changes had to be made and made quickly. And that is exactly what has happened. The Colorado Avalanche have remade their club, and are now looking to be competitive without adding a huge salary.

The off season started with a coaching change as Barry Trotz was given his walking papers and replaced by the more upptempo style of Paul Maurice. Then there was the blockbuster deal that changed the complexion of this club, bringing in Daniel Briere and Craig Rivet for a bunch of young bucks. "We sat long and hard at the end of the season and went through this team like a fine tooth comb and decided we needed more veteran prescence. This doesnt mean i am abandoning the youth within the organization, just that im not completeyl focused on youth." said Avs Gm Sentinel20. New to the organization this year is a plethora of vets, Mattias Ohlund, Craig Conroy,Daniel Briere, Jay McKee, Mark Rechi(in his 3rd go round with the Avs) and Tom Kostopolous. The goaltending which was so weak last year under Jose Theodore has been upgraded to include Cristobal Huet a former All Star and Hannu Toivenen. As well as Wade Dubliewicz as depth and youngster Ben Bishop waiting in the wings. "Overall we are a far better club than last season. I havent added any absorbinent salaries or superstar players, but i think our depth right through the lineup is far better. I want to integrate youngsters like James Sheppard and Michael Grabner intot the lineup this year as well" said Sentinel 20. If nothing else its going to be interesting to see how the Avs come out of the gate. The stability they have sought so long may finally be here.
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