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Avs trade Ian Cole to Minnesota, acquire Greg Pateryn in return

Cole won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in his career.
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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole, left, competes for control of the puck with Edmonton Oilers center Markus Granlund during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — With a plethora of young talent emerging on defense for the Colorado Avalanche, the team said goodbye to veteran Ian Cole on Tuesday afternoon.

The Avs announced they traded Cole to Minnesota in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn. 

Cole, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, played 138 games for Colorado after signing as a free agent in 2018. 

Pateryn has totaled 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) in 270 career NHL games with the Canadiens, Stars and Wild. 

"Greg is a strong, veteran defenseman who plays a heavy game," said Avalanche EVP and GM Joe Sakic in statement released by the team. "He's a hard-nosed, competitive player who can kill penalties, block shots and brings some additional grit to our back line. We thank Ian for his two years with the Avalanche, for his efforts both on the ice as well as in the community. We wish him the best of luck moving forward."

Colorado is 1-1 on the 2020 season and will play the Kings in Los Angeles later Tuesday night. 

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