"We didn't like them and they didn't like us," said Draper, who showed up for the news conference along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Rockies owner Dick Monfort, Avalanche President Josh Kroenke and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
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"It's tough," said Kris Draper, Maltby's longtime teammate. "We've been together for 13 years. It's tough when you lose somebody like that, you lose a good friend and a good teammate."
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