What the Erik Karlsson trade means for Colorado

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After watching the Matt Duchene saga hang over the Colorado Avalanche last year, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion clearly did not want to enter his season with his disgruntled star still on the roster. As a result of that desire to move on and push reset on an organization plagued by repeated missteps, superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson was traded today to the San Jose Sharks.

Normally, a trade between teams out of Colorado's division and not involving them would just be fun fodder for dissecting the deal but this one actually has a chance to have a significant impact on the Avalanche.

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