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Avalanche make a deal with the Devils, acquire Eric Gelinas for a draft pick

Chris Kreider, Eric Gelinas

New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas (44) checks New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


The Colorado Avalanche have been the busiest team on a quiet trade deadline day.

The Avs acquired defenseman Eric Gelinas from the New Jersey Devils for a third-round pick in 2017.

This move comes less than an hour after Colorado picked up Mikkel Boedker from Arizona.

Gelinas showed some promise in his first year (2013-14) when he scored seven goals and 29 points in 60 games. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, he and coach John Hynes never seemed to be on the same page this season.

“I was never under the impression that my coaches had confidence in me,” Gelinas told a french-language radio station in Montreal just moments ago.

Gelinas had been a healthy scratch in nine consecutive games.

He should become a regular on a Colorado team that’s lacking depth on the blue line.

The Avs currently have Francois Beauchemin, Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie, Nick Holden, Chris Bigras, Andrew Bodnarchuk and Zach Redmond on their roster.

Gelinas is signed through next season at a cap hit of $1.575 million.

Colorado’s busy afternoon might be over.