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As Avs make moves before NHL trade deadline, Joe Sakic says 'we're trying to win a Stanley Cup'

The Avalanche's GM made several big moves ahead of Monday's deadline to acquire new players.

DENVER — The NHL-leading Colorado Avalanche keep loading up for what they hope is a deep playoff run.

The Avalanche reacquired forward Carl Soderberg on Monday afternoon, sending unsigned prospect Ryder Rolston and 23-year-old Josh Dickinson to the Chicago Blackhawks. The 35-year-old Soderberg played four seasons for Colorado from 2015-19 before stints with Arizona and Chicago.

Colorado is atop the West Division and the league standings with 60 points through 41 games. General manager Joe Sakic added goaltending depth with trades for Devan Dubynk and Jonas Johansson in recent weeks. 

Plus, Sakic also reacquired defenseman Patrick Nemeth from the Red Wings last week.

"We're here. We're trying to win a Stanley Cup," Sakic said during a Monday night press conference after the trade deadline. "I believe as you see that contracts are starting to come up we're going to have to sign a few of our guys. I think this is as deep a team as we're going to have here where we can have four lines. We're really deep and we're going to have get cheaper starting next year at some of those positions.

"We love the way the team has come together, love the way they're playing. From management, I know fans and everybody in the dressing room believes this is the time we need to compete for the Stanley Cup."

>>Video above: Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on why he "pushed the chips in" at the NHL trade deadline this year

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