Keeler vs. Chambers: Who was Avalanche’s best trade deadline addition?

Of Joe Sakic’s trade deadline moves for the Avalanche, which one has turned out to be the biggest during Colorado’s Stanley Cup run: Josh Manson? Artturi Lehkonen? Andrew Cogliano, Nico Sturm?

Keeler: Dude, I want to be Joe Sakic when I grow up. With limited cap space and Stanley-Cup-or-bust expectations hanging over Chopper Circle, the Avs general manager had to be creative and selective to try and add the finishing pieces to a championship roster. This was about adding guys to supplement a long postseason run, filling in cracks to complement that superstar core of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar. Colorado needed to get bigger, more physical and better on faceoffs, right? Artturi Lehkonen, Nico Sturm, Andrew Cogliano and Josh Manson have managed to tick off every one of those boxes since they’ve hopped onto the Stanley Cup party bus. But if you had to pick which one of those additions has been the most valuable during the Avs’ postseason run to date, who would it be?

Chambers: Lehkonen, with Manson a close second. Both excellent additions — but Lehkonen more so because he’ll be back next season. Lehkonen, 26, is a pending restricted free agent and the Avs will tender him a qualifying offer. He’ll be back playing in the top-six next season when Colorado won’t be able to afford pending unrestricted free agents Nazem Kadri, Valeri Nichushkin and Andre Burakovsky. Maybe the…

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