Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 2/20/13
The Colorado Avalanche may finally be headed in the right direction. If the team can deal the rights to unsigned restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly for an appropriate bounty, the trade could speed the ongoing overhaul.Injuries have made things difficult in the near-term. Who could have guessed O'Reilly would never sign or that budding star Gabriel Landeskog and agitating forward Steve Downie would suffer long-term injuries?The absence of key defenseman Erik Johnson (head injury) and Ryan Wilson (ankle injury) has also caused havoc. This team has suffered no small amount of misery this year.But going forward the Avalanche must feel good about their team, especially on defense. Here are three keys to their future:Stefan Elliott: He showed great promise last season, producing 13 points in 39 NHL games. But he didn’t make the Colorado lineup to start this lockout-shortened season and he looked a bit shaky during his first game up as an injury fill-in up from Lake Erie of the AHL. “His circumstances wer
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