Big Z, Nikita Zadorov, is no longer an Av. The popular but mercurial Russian defender was traded earlier by the Avs to the Chicago Blackhawks, with defenseman Anton Lindholm, for left winger Brandon Saad and the 23-year-old defender Dennis Gilbert.Zadorov’s trade was expected. His contract was over, and the Avs just didn’t want to extend time with him, especially with young defensemen coming up like Bo Byram and Conor Timmins. He’s also been in and out of Coach Jared Bednar’s doghouse over the years.
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