Rival has it right

Colorado can become elite by following Detroit's model: puck movers on D

Originally Published: June 18, 2010
By Robert Vollman and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Getty ImagesMatt Duchene came on for the Avs this past season, but they need scorers on the blue line, too.

Plugging Holes -- Colorado Avalanche

The Hole: A puck mover on defense

Colorado had a great 2009-10 season, but it might have been a little lucky because it was outshot by four attempts per game. The Avalanche were second-to-last in the NHL in shots per game, and only one defenseman contributed more than 100 (Kyle Quincey). This year's Avs definitely need to sign a blueliner who can find the back of the net.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.