Report: Avalanche looking to reboot with emphasis on youth, speed

Ian McLaren
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Joe Sakic has a plan.

The Colorado Avalanche general manager is indeed set on making changes to a roster that sits 30th in the overall standings through 39 games this season.

This according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, who relayed information gathered from a conversation with Sakic during Thursday's 'Insider Trading' segment:

I chatted with (general manager) Joe Sakic on Thursday, and the bottom line is this: they are going to reboot this thing to some measure, and he wants to get younger and faster.

Now some of that will come internally from a number of kids they like in San Antonio (AHL) who will get promotions next season, but there's no question, as he said, they're talking to other teams about some of their players.

LeBrun added Sakic would not divulge names, but the sense is any player not named Nathan MacKinnon or Mikko Rantanen could be had, if the price is right.

First-round draft pick Tyson Jost from the 2016 class would likely be on that list as well, while A.J. Greer - a second-round pick in 2015 - currently leads the AHL club in scoring.

So while much of the talk in recent weeks has revolved around Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene, few are safe in Colorado, it would seem.

As a reminder, the NHL's trade deadline is set for 3 pm EST on March 1.