December 14, 2018 | 11:40am ET
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AVS IN MARKET FOR SECOND-LINE SCORING

 
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Joe Sakic, GM

 

The Colorado Avalanche sit third in the Central Division and boast one of the best lines in the NHL, but that won’t keep them from pursuing extra fire power as the season progresses.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic is believed to the scouring the market for secondary scoring and hopes to add at least one top-six forward this season, ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

While a trade is not presently imminent, the Avs could inch closer to acquiring some scoring depth after the eight-day holiday roster freeze ends at 12:01am ET on Dec. 28 (it begins Dec. 19 at 11:59pm ET).

It’s unclear whom the Avs may be looking at, but there are no shortage of options right now as Los Angeles Kings forwards Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli, New York Rangers forwards Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes, and almost every one of the St. Louis Blues’ forwards is believed to be available.

The Avs have a significant amount of salary cap space, and while a good chunk of that will dry up next season once Mikko Rantanen, J.T. Compher and Alex Kerfoot sign their new contracts, it gives Sakic plenty of flexibility in adding to his roster.