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10-05-2003, 10:41 AM
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Nobody is going to replace Willsie, since he was sent down to Hershey before he was claimed in the waiver draft. Losing Aubin changes the Avs philosophy. I'm fairly certain Aubin was going to make the team which would force Granato to send either Svatos or McCormick down. Now with 24 players on the roster, Granato could decide to keep 23 or 22 players. Perhaps he will decide to keep eight defenseman and have McAllister used sparingly as the 14th forward. The interesting factor is the injury to Worrell. There is speculation that he may be placed on the IR and then Colorado would retain their current players, forcing a cut after Worrell returns from his injury. We could see all four young players start the season in Colorado and then perhaps the Avs add a depth player or make some other transaction.

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