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AMPLine4Life writes...

Avs Re-Sign Svatos

Posted Thursday | Comments 1
After a sophomore slump, a few trade deadline rumors and looking arbitration in the eyes, the Colorado Avalanche re-signed Marek Svatos to a one year deal. Obviously Francois Giguere and the Avs are hoping that Svatos can return to his rookie form where he finished tied on the team and 3rd among rookies in goals with 32. He also notched 9 game winning, tying the rookie...
As a fan of the Colorado Avalanche since they moved to Denver, it's easy to know why I hold a special place for Peter Forsberg. How can I forgot Forsberg missing the entire 01-02 season only to return and become arguably the best player in the playoffs? Then there's the magic that Forsberg captured along with Milan Hejduk in the 02-03 where he won the Hart Trophy and helpe...
I will begin with my opinion on the Leafs/Avs possible trade. Our dear friend, Mr. Eklund reports that the Colorado Avalanche might be asking too much in return for Hejduk. My opinion is that they are not asking enough! (Colaiacovo and Jay Harrison) Here are the players I would be asking to the Leafs if they really want him: Tomas Kaberle & Kyle Wellwood. Too much you wou...
dagley writes...

The Forsberg Factor?

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
[img:left]http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2006/writers/allan_muir/11/07/GM.meetings/tx.forsberg.jpg[/img]I still remember vividly the 02/03 season. The Colorado Avalanche we're still in a dynasty with the likes of Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic, Milan Hedjuk, Alex Tanguay and Patrick Roy. Forsberg led the league in scoring with a 106 point campaign (29G, 77A), and a league leading +52. F...
dawg writes...

Foppa forced to play his hand??

Posted Tuesday | Comments 3
There is an article in today’s Ottawa Sun ([url]http://ottawasun.ca/Sports/Senators/2007/10/23/4597676-sun.html[/url]), which talks about how Foppa is getting close to making his decision and may be choosing between Ottawa and Colorado. While I won't speculate on which team he's likely to go to, I will say that this makes sense. Last week I talked to someone who told...
FLAMESTR writes...

Colorado Avalanche

Posted Monday | Comments 5
[b]COLORADO AVALANCHE: A NATURAL DISASTER IF YOU HAVE TO PLAY THEM[/b] My National Team tour leads me to one of the most offensive teams in the league, the Colorado Avalanche. The Av's most potent weapon is obviously the offense, with way too many players to mention who can put the puck in the net. This team has talent good enough to match up with any team in the...
With a frustrating shootout loss against the Colorado Avalanche, that only adds another game to the loss category, and only further frustrates the team. The Panthers were recently accused of not trying hard enough to win their games, because as we all know, although they have raw talent, they can't just win games with a mediocre effort. They gave it their all against ...
Iron MIke writes...

Give the kids a chance

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Scoring has become one of the major weaknesses with the Florida Panthers recently.  Yes they did score 3 goals against Tampa, and yes they did score 3 goals against Colorado.  They still lost both games.  The point that I am trying to make is that we don't have enough scoring when we need it.  The Panthers are losing alot of games by one goal.  It seems as though the ...
Texhorns02 writes...

They worked harder, but...

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
3-1 Colorado Dave Tippett's message to his team in practice has been that work has to come before the teams skill. Dallas began the game working hard which led to them winning the individual puck battles and leading in shots 10-4 at the 11:30 mark of the 1st period. Dallas was unable to ratchet up the intensity when they had to though. They got up by a goal and for...
3-0 Dallas The Dallas Stars finally came to play tonight. They outworked Colorado consistently, shut Colorados powerplay down, and manhandled them at even strength. The Morrow/Modano/Richards line was electric at times, but the Hagman/Ribeiro/Miettinen looked flat at times. I barely noticed Ribeiro on the ice. Dallas simply outworked Colorado tonight. It doesn't ge...
Alright we are getting down to crunch time. With seven games left in the season this is how it's looking. Calgary - 3 Colorado - 2 Edmonton -1 Minnesota - 1 I know I have cursed the schedule earlier this year, for those many back-to-back-to-back games or the 5 days off stretches, but this could be the best way to finish the season. Everything is in our hand...
Western Conference 1. Detroit vs 8. Nashville Detroit dominated throughout the season, with a rough patch where many of their key defencemen were injured. Nashville made a comeback to clinch the final playoff spot due to clutch goaltending by Dan Ellis. The main concern for both teams will be in the net. Does Hasek have it in him? I say yes. [b]Winner: Detroit[/b] 2. S...
Let me preface this blog entry by saying my true feelings: PURE BITTERNESS. Since the schedule was released I made time for this weekend. I made an opening of a weekend to watch the Wild in their first round playoff match. The six hour drive to St. Paul wasn't too much, especially top stop my desire. However, a monstrous snow storm, unseen to the month of April has hit Min...
1st round I predicted: Montreal in 5 Pittsburgh in 6 Philadelphia in 7 Rangers in 6 Detroit in 6 San Jose in 5 Minnesota in 7 Anaheim in 5 So i got 6/8.. not bad I'd say lol So, here are my 2nd round predictions: [b]Eastern Conference[/b] [u]1.Montreal VS 6.Philadelphia - Philadelphia in 7[/u] Why? The Habs aren't invincible and Flyers battle like crazy....
I only did the western conference going 2-2. I picked Calgary and they came just a bit short, and Anaheim shocked everybody except Dallas. Anyways.. Round 2 Predictions. Just noticed that the first, second, fifth and sixth seeds advanced in each conference. These have got to be some of the best second round matchups I have seen in quite a while. WESTERN CONFEREN...
The Avalanche team that we'll see in round 2 is far stronger than their regular season showing. Joe Sakic spent most of the year on IR, Forsberg was signed in February, and Adam Foote was acquired at the deadline. With all that Stanley Cup experience (in Colorado nonetheless) it's safe to say that their springtime presence is invaluable. That being said, we should still...
Itchy writes...

Avalanche sign Per Ledin

Posted Friday | Comments 4
According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the Colorado Avalanche have signed left wing Per Ledin to a one-year contract. Ledin will turn 30 when training camp begins. While playing for HV71 of the Swedish Eliteserien last year, he scored 16 goals and 33 points in 52 games. Known for his gritty style and agitator role he also had 137 penalty minutes. He appeared in 7 game...
The Avalanche have only one selection in the first three rounds. Some websites suggested that Colorado might go after Blake Wheeler because of that. Assuming that this won't happen ([url=http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=15711]Wheeler will probably sign with Boston[/url]), the Avs need to look for other opportunities to compensate the fact that they have traded so...
ClaudeLemieux22 writes...

Who are the Avalanche?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 10
With July 1st and the draft quickly approaching, rumors about every team in the NHL are flying, but I have read few involving my beloved Avalanche. What is not a rumor is that the 2008/9 Avalanche roster is largely up in the air. Jose Theodore is supposedly ironing out the details of his contract. Goaltending? Check Fowards? Defense? Not so much. Brunette...
Itchy writes...

Avalanche Draft-Review

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
The Avalanche went into the draft holding six picks and ended up making seven selections. The 61st pick overall was added by trading forward Brad Richardson to Los Angeles. Richardson was drafted in 2003, 163rd overall, with the draft pick Colorado got in the trade that sent Scott Parker to San Jose. So in the end, Parker turned out to be a 2nd round pick. However, it woul...
Itchy writes...

Patrick Roy's biography

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
Patrick Roy's biography called "Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else" will be in stores Ocotber 10 this year. The book written by Michel Roy is in English language and consists of 416 pages. The product description reads as follows [quote][i]In the early 1970s, a young Patrick Roy laced up his hockey skates for the very first time, like thousands of other kids. Thirty years...
Itchy writes...

Liles and Foote / UFA-Outlook

Posted Monday | Comments 4
[b]Liles and Foote re-sign with Avalanche[/b] It seems like John-Michael Liles and Adam Foote have signed contract extensions with the Avalanche. Liles was expected to draw a lot of interest on the open market but decided to stay with Colorado. He will earn $4 million per year over the next 4 years. It could have been about $0.5 and $1 million more on the open market. ...
The Avalanche signed two former members of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Andrew Raycroft and Darcy Tucker who were just recently bought out of their contracts. The signing of Andrew Raycroft is, in my opinion, more about goalie coach Jeff Hackett than Raycroft. Hackett was brought to the Avs to work with Jose Theodore and bring him back on track. Both of them already worke...
The Colorado Avalanche just released their TV Schedule and I'm not too happy. Like I've had to sit through Nuck game, after Nuck game here in BC and I though TSN & CBC might just put a little more Avs games on their schedule. Well, how wrong was I! Their are 6 games between CBC & TSN that include Colorado and the rest are all Vancouver, Toronto & Montrea...
I have not been posting in a while. I have graduated from university, went on vacation, started my new job. But with the Avs’ training camp just around the corner I will try to write more frequently about the Avs. What can we expect from the Avalanche this upcoming season? Some analysts have already made up their mind and don’t think Colorado will qualify for the play...
I had the opportunity to attend the Colorado Avalanche's rookie camp today and here are some observations. [b]Key players that stood out:[/b] T.J. Hensick- Hensick heads the class of rookie camp. He is the second fastest skater to Kelsey Tessier (the guy looks like a young Pavel Bure). He has a shot that can be either hard or accurate but rarely both. He has great in...
Itchy writes...

Stewart cut from Avs roster

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
Chris Stewart has been cut from the Avs roster and will play for Lake Erie at the start of the season. You could see that coming. Stewart was, besides Per Ledin, the only player remaining on the Avs roster who has never participated in an NHL game. He did not have to clear waivers and is on a two-way contract which made the decision for coaches and management easier to sen...
ClaudeLemieux22 writes...

Burgandy Revolver

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Two games in the books and... yikes. I'm very curious to hear from other fans, and Avs fans in particular, what their take is on the goalie situation (mess). How much patience and/or faith do you have in Budaj and Raycroft? How much last season flavored rotation amongst mediocrity can your stomach take? I was optimistic that the Avs had a #1 guy between Budaj m...
[b]The Good[/b] Nash @ Center ends quickly, as he is moved back to his normal LW position after getting caught out of position and taking an interference penalty because of it. As a result, Chimmy is rejoined with the kids and the Goat line produces another solid night. Toughness... Avs bring in goon Tucker... Dorsett and Tucker go toe to toe with some quick jabs ...
martok2309 writes...

The Avs season thus far

Posted Monday | Comments 0
16 games in, I am not very surprised about how the Avs are playing. They're having some problems with consistant effort and, in particular, burying the puck. Goaltending had a rather precocious start but has gotten better as of late (the loss to Columbus notwithstanding.) Here's my breakdown of the five areas: [b]Offense:[/b] We have a lot of talent, that's for sure. Th...
martok2309 writes...

You've selected regicide

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
[b]Final score: Avs 4 Kings 3 (SO) [/b] The Colorado turned in a hard-fought but costly victory Saturday night. Saturday night's game against the Kings saw a return of some of the up-tempo hockey we saw to start the season. The Avs put a lot of shots towards the net (29 shots on net). The Avs passed really well and got some good play from their top two lines. The ...
martok2309 writes...

Crystal Ball Gazing

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[b]Crystal Ball Gazing[/b] [i]A look at the Avs’ pipeline[/i] While the Avalanche’s stars are starting to age, it is time to look at some of the prospects coming through the Avs’ pipeline. Prospects are listed based on NHL readiness. The number in parentheses is the estimated number of years to NHL readiness. [b]Centers:[/b] T.J. Galiardi- 6’2” 185 lb...
bongo_guy writes...

Avs in the Basement

Posted Wednesday | Comments 4
[b] First of all, I want to give a shout out to the other Avs bloggers on this site - you're all doing a great job, writing nearly every game. It's nice to see some more support than we had last year. As previously mentioned, it's not real easy for me to get blogs out as I'm currently in South Korea teaching ESL to bratty little children...anyways...it's nice to be bac...
martok2309 writes...

The future is now

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
Due to injuries and poor play, the Avs have made a change. It is a small change but one for the future. They put an "A" on the jersey of Paul Stastny. Since made this club two years ago out of training camp, we knew he was the future. He was the guy to take the reigns from Joe Sakic. He was going to take this club into the forseeable future. What has this done? In tw...
JA83 writes...

Big changes needed for Colorado

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Sakic is out now at least 6 weeks. Tucker is still out for a while. The Avs have been injury prone for the past few seasons. They have a lot of firepower but no desire to fire. First and foremost I think Colorado needs to re-evaluate their coaching staff. Granato can still work well for them, but they need better defensive and special teams coaching. Seriously, look at ...
martok2309 writes...

What the Deuce?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
It has taken two years but the Avalanche and its fans finally got to see what Chris Stewart brings to an NHL team. Tonight's game against the Kings showed us what to expect of Chris Stewart. Looks like we have another good first round pick to aid us in our rebuild. Stewart put on a show tonight. In his first few games he was immediately cutting up the ice, getting ou...
martok2309 writes...

What the Deuce?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 3
It has taken two years but the Avalanche and its fans finally got to see what Chris Stewart brings to an NHL team. Tonight's game against the Kings showed us what to expect of Chris Stewart. Looks like we have another good first round pick to aid us in our rebuild. Stewart put on a show tonight. In his first few games he was immediately cutting up the ice, getting ou...
bongo_guy writes...

Avs and Centers, cont'd

Posted Sunday | Comments 10
[b] So, as everyone knows, Super Joe Sakic is out for the next three months thanks to his snowblower accident. Avs bloggers have already began talking about possibilities and so this blog is simply a continuation of their ideas. If Colorado decides they need to trade for a center, it should be someone who is a great team player and a really good all-around player. Sco...
shevy writes...

Avalanche Need to Look Within

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
With yet another blow to the hockey team, losing Paul Stastny in the dying minutes of the game against Phoenix, the Avalanche have lost their top two centers on the team. The team has very little to hope for between the pipes, with Budaj showing his characteristic inconsistency and Raycroft trying to trick us into thinking he can hold down the number 1 job. With the team s...
martok2309 writes...

h-h-ho-how?

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
In a game that would have even Jeff Goldblum studdering, the Avs beat the Red Wings. It was a wierd game, Saturday night, one that the Avs were supposed to lose. Thanks to Oli Jokinen and a snow blower, the Avs were without Paul Stastny and Joe Sakic, respectively. They had Tyler Arnason taking Paul Stastny's spot. They were starting Peter Budaj, who hasn't played well...
shevy writes...

Lost in Translation

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
The Avalanche were handed a crushing defeat by the Blue Jackets last night, scoring first but then surrendering 6 unanswered goals. The defeat shouldn't come as any surprise to Avs fans (I'm sure it didn't) as Budaj continues to prove exactly how inconsistent he can be. One of the many fan irritants on the team, Budaj's play has resembled both ends of the spectrum, spectac...
shevy writes...

Rayzor Sharp

Posted Friday | Comments 2
The Avs came away with 2 points in their latest match against the Blackhawks, arguably the best young team in hockey. Aside from the up tempo new style Avs fans have seen of late, Andrew Raycroft has been steadily making his case for the #1 job which has been held by Peter Budaj. Now critics (and most hockey fans) will agree that Raycroft sucks. Yes, this is sadly true how...
shevy writes...

So...Playoffs?

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
The Avs beat the Penguins Saturday afternoon 5-3 and after this one I'm pretty sure we can all pump our fists knowing that the 'Wolski show' we're all seeing is for real. Matched up against Sid the dirty fighting Kid, we came out on top limiting the damage as well as putting up some key markers. Of course the other guys came through as well, David Jones and Cody McCleod pi...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We’re toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in ...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We’re toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in ...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We're toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in th...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We're toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in th...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We're toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in th...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We're toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in th...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We're toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in th...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We're toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in th...
martok2309 writes...

Center(s) of attention

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
When [b]Paul Stastny[/b] went down with a broken forearm, I, like many hockey fans, thought the Avalanche were done. We're toast, build to next year, get a high draft pick and start from scratch. However, several centers have emerged to give Avs fans playoff hopes once again. First is [b]Wojtek Wolski[/b]. Since being moved to his new position, he has put new life in th...
I have to admit I have been really guilty of walking around today and asking everyone if the saw the Flames/ Sharks game last night. So now that Flamestr and Vetter have both written on the subject I'll leave it alone and take a closer look at the North West. This is where I ask you to go read my previous blogs and I get to say I told you so...I love doing that. I wrot...
... is to get the eighth seed. Look at the Avs' schedule and you realize a pattern. January is a perfect example: Wins: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Nashville Losses: Minnesota, Columbus (2x), Edmonton, St. Louis Anyone else see a pattern? The Avs have been Detroit twice, played hard with San Jose and Boston but lost to teams like Columbus, Edmonton, Minnesota, F...
Now I know that a lot of people are saying that the team needs to just give up and let it sink. I don't feel this is really going to do anything! This team has a good roster, it just has had too many injuries to too many key players. Now the important thing to notice is that there have been no season ending injuries. Although some say Sakic's injury might be a season e...
martok2309 writes...

Getting defensive

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
[b]Getting defensive[/b] The Avs are really stocked deep as far as defensemen go. They have a plethora of options as far as defense goes. In fact, it is not outrageous to suggest that in five years, not a single defenseman from the 2008-09 team will remain. Here is the list of defensemen currently in the Avs’ pipeline, listed alphabetically: [b]Colby Cohen[/b]- 6...
martok2309 writes...

Getting defensive

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
[b]Getting defensive[/b] The Avs are really stocked deep as far as defensemen go. They have a plethora of options as far as defense goes. In fact, it is not outrageous to suggest that in five years, not a single defenseman from the 2008-09 team will remain. Here is the list of defensemen currently in the Avs' pipeline, listed alphabetically: [b]Colby Cohen[/b]- 6'2" ...
shevy writes...

One Word: Embarrassing

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
The Avs faced the Rangers, and wound up taking part in possibly their most embarrassing loss of the season. The game was out of hand from the get-go and unfortunately the return of Paul Stastny to the lineup hasn't been the spark plug fans had hoped for. The question we ask ourselves now is; what now? With the trade deadline fast approaching, and a GM who has possibly t...
shevy writes...

One Word: Embarrassing

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
The Avs faced the Rangers, and wound up taking part in possibly their most embarrassing loss of the season. The game was out of hand from the get-go and unfortunately the return of Paul Stastny to the lineup hasn't been the spark plug fans had hoped for. The question we ask ourselves now is; what now? With the trade deadline fast approaching, and a GM who has possibly t...
shevy writes...

Deadline Eves....day

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
So its midnight, and officially it is deadline day, and that means the Avs should be in for an all night day-er. With the best impending UFA goalie off the market the Avs really need to look into making a trade to secure their crease next year. Raycroft and Budaj are both free agents, but with Budaj being RFA we can retain him and reserve the bench for him, hoping he can e...
shevy writes...

Post Deadline Thoughts

Posted Sunday | Comments 1
Its been a few days since the Trade Deadline passed, with nothing to show for the Avs save Montreal's 2nd round pick this year. Giguere sent Leopold back to Calgary on deadline day for a scrub waiver wire pickup, Ryan Wilson..an undrafted defenseman, and Montreal's 2nd round pick. Not exactly the type of package Avs fans would have hoped for since even Brian Burke managed ...
shevy writes...

A Race for Last Place

Posted Saturday | Comments 2
With 7 games left in the season, the Avs sit dead last in the Western Conference, coming in second only to the Islanders as the worst team in the league. Most years this would be disappointing, however,with the team lacking any true direction, this situation forces their hand slightly. The consensus first overall pick is John Tavares, with Viktor Hedman coming in a clos...
shevy writes...

New Management For The Avs?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Sparked by a readers comments, about who would the Avs be shopping for this offseason when it comes to management, I became intrigued at the opportunity to investigate. Current GM Francois Giguere has had one of the worst starts a GM could have when handed an elite franchise, like the Avs were post lockout. Unlike our rival RedWings, the Avs have not been fans of the ca...
The Isles have the first overall pick...blah blah blah blah....Tavares or Hedman? Yada yada yada...we all know this by now. So what's with all the talk? The Isles are going to either draft a franchise defenseman or forward...right? As usual during this time frame, there are a lot of rumors swirling around the pollen infested air to catch our attention and think, hmm, wh...
lowkey writes...

Tanguay interest?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Tampa bay, Florida, Colorado,Phoenex,Buffalo, and the New york Islanders are all interested in Tanguay. Ive heard that Colorado and Florida are the front runners at this time. Teams such as the Islanders and the Coyotes seem to have lost interest as his price tag continues to climb with the added interest. "They're one of the teams we've talked to, but that's about all I ...
lowkey writes...

Tanguay update

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports the Panthers have an offer on the table for Alex Tanguay as do other teams. Richards suggests if the Panthers lose out on Tanguay the club could make a minor move prior to the start of next season. TAMPABAY.COM: Damien Cristodero reports Tanguay is rumored to be asking for $5 million for next season, down slightly from the $5.375 mill...
BryanM writes...

Offseason Rebuilds

Posted Friday | Comments 10
Training camp is just around the corner, and that means it's time to look back at the teams that have been in rebuild mode all summer. Here are some of the best and worst rebuilds of the summer: [u][b]Best[/b][/u] Tampa Bay Lightning - Tampa didn't go overboard with changes this summer. Despite an uncertain ownership situation the Bolts managed to hang on to the core...
With the Predators 3 to 2 win, they now have won their first two games of the season. The top line of Arnott/Sullivan/Hornqvist at times dominated the play. Hornqvist digging the puck out of the corners and getting in front of the net, Sully's vision and passing, Arnott with the bomb. Tremendous play by that line. Notables from the game: Hornqvist (A-) - Really ...
Well, after yet another long break, the Flames are finally back in action tonight against probably the biggest suprise team of the season to date. The Colorado Avalanch are in town, bringing with them a plethora of young talent and the hottest goalie in the league. With a 9-1-2 record the Avs sit atop the NW division, five points up on the Flames, however the Flames ha...
Zamboni Diaries writes...

Avalanche Warning

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
After a few weeks into the season, many great stories have been told already. Maybe the most surprising to everybody is the Colorado Avalanche. Why have they been so good? Only Miss Cleo knows the real answer. Maybe it's because they are young, fast, relentless, and maybe naive enough to not understand pressure yet. They had no expectations from anyone in the hockey wo...
BluesHockeyOhBaby! writes...

Avs 4 - Blues 0

Posted Monday | Comments 3
The home futility continues for the St. Louis Blues. If they could play all of their games on the road I bet they would consider it at this point. It's a completely different Blues team on the ice at home than on the road, which is quite frustrating for Blues fans...and like Monday night, can get quite embarrassing. The Blues came out flat against the Avs but seemed lik...
sreekers writes...

What to do with JML

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
John Michael Liles is a player who has shown the ability to consistently achieve 40 point seasons. That is nothing to snuff at by any means. Sacco thinks he can do better, and so do I. We as fans all kind of have this collective feeling that he is worth more than he is putting out. I do however feel that he has a somewhat fragile ego. We could look back at his perfo...
Buffalo (28-11-4) vs. Colorado (24-15-6) The Sabres enter the night with a perfect 7-0 record against the Western Conference. Buffalo is looking to extend their current win streak of six games while Tim Connolly hopes to extend his eight game point streak. Patrick Lalime starts between the pipes for Buffalo, allowing Ryan Miller to rest after making 48 saves last nig...
Perhaps the most anti-climatic goal in playoff overtime history, but it still counts. The Chicago Blackhawks had an unbelievable ride to the top this past season and they deserved to win the Stanley Cup. Just a few days later, it's already time to start looking ahead to next season. The NHL draft is only a couple of weeks away, as well as the award ceremony. On June 22n...
[b]Primary Staff:[/b] Greg Sherman (GM), Joe Sacco (Head Coach) [b]2009-10 Stats:[/b] 82GP 43W 30L 9OTL 95PTS [b]Place:[/b] 2nd Northwest, 8th West, 12th NHL [b]Top Scorer:[/b] Paul Stastny – 81GP 20G 59A 79P [b]Captains:[/b] Adam Foote (C), Paul Stastny (A), Milan Hejduk (A) [b]OFF-SEASON MOVES OUT:[/b] Brett Clark (Signed with Tampa Bay) Chris Durno (Sign...
With the Avalanche sitting in 8th Place, in a tight Western Conference. Meaning, on any given night you could be in 4th place or within a few loses and beeing out of the Playoff Picture and as low as 11th Place. So, with that said. With the Trading Deadline Fast Approching. The Avalanche havent had any consistent Goaltending all year and the Defense not there on some n...
The boys in Maroon and Blue really enjoy keeping the Avs fans on the edge, right until the very end. It has become a common trend to see more competitiveness amongst the teams in the NHL, especially from the Western Conference. Last year the Avs clinched the final spot in the West just five points ahead of the 90 point Blues and Flames. This year it seems to be even closer...
NineTeen writes...

Foppa and His Return (Again)

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
The last bunch of games have been a roller coaster for this young Avs roster. The boys in Burgundy and Blue simply have to be better and more consistent if they would like to stay in the playoff picture. Goaltending has been extremely shaky. Anderson had a solid game, followed by complete disasters. The one game vs. the Wild, he was poised, controlled and making those s...
Bourgs writes...

Avs Simply Doing Everything Wrong

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
If you look at the Avs and try to point out the problem, you're going to have a hard to time because the whole team is out to lunch. I mean I've seen porous defense but they look like swiss cheese out there! No, its not just Hunwick even though he is the worst thing for Colorado since Patrice Brisebios. [At least he's not making 60 foot passes across the neutral zone in o...
To eliminate myself from any bias, allow me start off by saying I was born and raised a Toronto Maple Leafs fan idolizing Mats Sundin. Based on his contributions to my favourite team, he's my favourite player of all time. Having said that, the greatest Swede ever is retiring today. Something I calculated on my own time that I think a lot of people overlook is that only ...
Perhaps the best thing that GM Sherman could have done at the deadline is stand pat. He did just that and it seems to be the right move. The amount of tension in the lockeroom has been increasing and due to the slide in the standings it was only increasing as the trade deadine approached. Players like Liles and Stastny were in numerous rumors and with the way that Sherman ...
I just got off the phone with a source of mine in Colorado who tells me a Huge trade might happen soon between the Av's & Leafs. [u][b]To Colorado[/b][/u]: Gustavsson, Lebda, 25th & 30th Picks in 1st Round (2011), Leafs 3rd Round Pick (2011) & Boston's 2nd Round Pick in (2012) [b][u]To Toronto[/u][/b]: Paul Stastny & John-Michael Liles I hope t...
There is not much to read about these days but this is definitely something that highlights what a special talent we have as a 3rd line center. Considering the company he keeps on this list I thought it was worth discussing. This kid might well be the best 3rd line center in hockey some day. All we need to do now is give this kid some consistency in his wingers and the ...
There is not much to read about these days but this is definitely something that highlights what a special talent we have as a 3rd line center. Considering the company he keeps on this list I thought it was worth discussing. This kid might well be the best 3rd line center in hockey some day. All we need to do now is give this kid some consistency in his wingers and the ...
With an 82 game schedule this upcoming season for the young Colorado Avalanche here is a look at the big showdowns heading into the 2011-2012 season. As always games will become more important throughout the season based on standings and previous meetings between the clubs. If you see another stellar tilt on the calendar add some reasons why fans should mark it down and...
As training camp concludes and the Avalanche inch ever-forward toward the regular season, many doubts still abound in the Rocky Mountains, but could there be hope in the mile-high city? If you’re among those following analysts around the league, the outlook for the Avalanche this season seems pretty grim. Don’t judge them too harshly, however, as there is ample re...
I ripped this off of the Avs website. Just for fun I was going through and looking at the projected point totals for our TOP six forwards. _____________ GP G A +/- Pts M. Duchene 17 6 7 -2 13 M. Hejduk 17 7 5 -1 12 R. O'Reilly 17 2 10 -1 12 P. Stastny 17 5 6 -4 11 D. Jones 17 6 4 -3 10 G. Landeskog 17 5 3 +2 8 _____________ Duchene - 28G / 35A / 63P...
It’s not often that the Lightning and Avalanche get together. As I mentioned in one my other game previews, that is going to be one really nice thing about re-alignment. We will get to see all these Western teams twice a year. Not only will it help to create rivalries, but it will really help spread the game across the United States. I can’t be the only one who is ...
My prediction was a high scoring, offensive battle with the Lightning coming out on top. Instead, we got a low scoring chess match in which the Lightning lost. It’s high time I stop predicting Lightning wins; they never seem to come through. Let’s get to my post-game Good, Bad, Ugly analysis. [b]The Good[/b] The best part about tonight, despite the outcome, was ...
Semyon Varlamov stopped all 25 Chicago Blackhawks shots he faced en route to Colorado Avalanche's dominating 4-0 victory last night. Simply put, the Blackhawks were out-skated at almost all parts of the ice and Corey Crawford was no where near as sharp as his opponent, Varlamov, was at the United Center last night. The Blackhawks did have some decent scoring chances ...
shevy writes...

Avs Play Tough - Same Result

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Another game, another loss. Give the Avs credit, they played a solid game but the issue of scoring keeps coming up. Right now, the Avs just dont have that extra shooter that can be a difference maker for this team. Mueller's play has been a spark, no doubt, Duchene is still hurt, but even when both come back this teams loaded down the middle but lacking a true sniper on th...
For the Chicago Blackhawks, it gets to a point when the same old excuses become more than tiresome cliches: "The *insert excuse here* just didn't get it done tonight." Despite Chicago maintaining a 2-2 tie heading into the third period, David Jones had a three point night and Paul Stastny put up two assists as Colorado skated away with a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks. ...
Theres a lot being made of the Avs trading two high draft choices for Varlamov, who till this date has yet to secure the starting goaltender role from JS Giguere. Varlamov, a 23 year old former first round draft pick has amassed a total of 90 games over 3 seasons in the NHL, with a record of 44-29-13 GAA of 2.60 and a .910 SV%. Just for a comparison, 23 year old Jonath...
Steve Yzerman has continued his trade tirade today with moves sending Steve Downie to Colorado in exchange for Kyle Quincey, only to send Quincy to Detroit in exchange for Detroit’s 2012 first round draft pick and Sebastien Piche. Yzerman was not finished there; he then sent forward Matt Fornataro to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Brandon Segal. Here are some q...
chamb2am writes...

Ken Holland...Why?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
In a very surprising move by Detroit GM Ken Holland, who is known as one of the best in the league, a first round pick and a prospect ( Sebastien Piche) to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defensemen Kyle Quincey. The move was part of a 3 way trade that involved Tampa Bay Lightning sending forward Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche, thus the Avs sending us the young defe...
andydrmm writes...

Words Escape Me

Posted Wednesday | Comments 2
I just don’t get this. Words can’t explain what Buffalo has just done the past 2 games. Yes, I understand 3 points out of 4 the past 2 games. But blowing the game, in 3 seconds or less, in back to back games... [b][email protected]#%ING-ACCEPTABLE!!!!![/b] It’s great that Foligno is playing well. I’m glad for the kid. Stafford has also picked up his game lately. As for Ho...
While a team like Detroit might be closer to winning a cup *now* don't you think if he was signing somewhere he would want the team to be competitive on the long term basis? I am not doubting that Detroit will be competitive because of their management but with Lidstrom retiring and Datsyuk and Zetterberg on the downswing of their careers, they are going in the opposite di...
FEFZONE28 writes...

Toronto Interested in Stastny

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Howard Berger tweeted yesterday that Toronto could be re-visiting talks for Stastny. We all know that Toronto was throwing deals at the Avs earlier in the season for Stastny that were just straight up ridiculous. They tried to offer us Nikolai Kulemin, Cody Franson and a third round draft pick in 2013 for Stastny. That would be a horrible deal so why not send one back a...
Hello all, As it finally turns to open season for UFA hunting, despite the array of recent signings, Colorado still sits with a roster of just 16. So where does Sherman go from here? The Av's have 8 forwards, 6 defensemen, and 2 goalies signed as of July 1st. There are still a couple notable RFA's who should reach deals like Erik Johnson and Jamie McGinn. With some ...
shevy writes...

Kroenke/Sakic Take the Reigns

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
The Avalanched have taken the first few steps needed in order to turn around this franchise. Sacco being fired and winning the lottery (albeit by chance) take the first 2 spots, but the biggest and possibly the most crucial move came when the club announced that Josh Kroenke and Joe Sakic will be replacing the Lacroix's who previously held the President and VP positions. C...
shevy writes...

Kroenke/Sakic Take the Reigns

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
The Avalanched have taken the first few steps needed in order to turn around this franchise. Sacco being fired and winning the lottery (albeit by chance) take the first 2 spots, but the biggest and possibly the most crucial move came when the club announced that Josh Kroenke and Joe Sakic will be replacing the Lacroix's who previously held the President and VP positions. C...
shevy writes...

Kroenke/Sakic Take the Reigns

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
The Avalanched have taken the first few steps needed in order to turn around this franchise. Sacco being fired and winning the lottery (albeit by chance) take the first 2 spots, but the biggest and possibly the most crucial move came when the club announced that Josh Kroenke and Joe Sakic will be replacing the Lacroix's who previously held the President and VP positions. C...
Patrick Roy you all remember was a great goaltender. Since then he has reinvented himself as a Quebec junior league coach. My understanding is that the deal that Roy is brokering with the Avs and Sherman is one where he gets final say on any and all personal decisions in his starting line-ups, and final major league roster. I would also think this trickles down to the t...
We all know the story of the 1991 NHL Draft and Eric Lindros's famous refusal to play for the Quebec Nordiques and the following trade to the Philadelphia Flyers. Lindros excelled in Philly for years and was a beloved player for his kick-your-ass style of play and the amount of points he put up while wearing the Orange and Black. Sadly his career in Philly was cut short by...
The 2013 draft class has been called one of the deepest in decades where the top 5 picks are “can’t miss” prospects, the next five could very well make any NHL roster next year, and the next 30 would be first rounders in most other draft classes. Seth Jones is a very intriguing prospect he has great size, a great shot, and is a proven winner at every level he plays ...
So, with the season almost over, everyone will hope to fill needs through the draft, trades and free agency. My love of this season and all it brings gets me thinking what can a team do, so how does your cap fit? Today Colorado. As I am sure you are already aware, for the first time in memory, the cap gets smaller dropping down to $64,300,000, so here goes....The Av's pre...
We are just a few weeks away from my favorite time during the year. NHL draft baby. As a kid I would always purchase my hockey news draft preview magazine and sit through the hours and hours of waiting and analysis from the boys at TSN. This year should be no different. Usually I prepare my own mock draft around this time and this year I wanted to share my thoughts with ...
We are just a few weeks away from my favorite time during the year. NHL draft baby. As a kid I would always purchase my hockey news draft preview magazine and sit through the hours and hours of waiting and analysis from the boys at TSN. This year should be no different. Usually I prepare my own mock draft around this time and this year I wanted to share my thoughts with ...
We are just a few weeks away from my favorite time during the year. NHL draft baby. As a kid I would always purchase my hockey news draft preview magazine and sit through the hours and hours of waiting and analysis from the boys at TSN. This year should be no different. Usually I prepare my own mock draft around this time and this year I wanted to share my thoughts with ...
Wierd. Teams like Florida and Pheonix that have no fan base what-so-ever and have to give out free tickets with Subway meals to even get enough people to fill the lower bowl of their rinks have HockeyBuzz bloggers and Coloado doesn't. Now what's up with that? Those teams have approximatly 10 people that read the blogs but if Coloado had a dedicated blogger there would...
artem791 writes...

MY FIRST BLOG OF MANY TO COME

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Hello, my name is Daniel Jackson, i am 22 years old and i have been reading this site for 3-4 years now. i am quite interested in writing blogs and i plan on writing many here. I am a HUGE avalanche fan, so you will see many directed to them, but i would like to cover every team in a "look to the season" with projections, lineups, breakout players and whats to come for the...
Everyone keeps speculating that Ryan O'reilly will be moved at the trade deadline, due to his contract debacle and offer sheet snafu of last season. However, I don't agree. The old management is gone (who caused that contract debacle in the first place), so there old ways of doing business should be gone too (trading players when they hold out for more money, or make a c...
The Avalanche invested further in their young captain by shelling out $39 million over the course of seven years. Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic are trying to work with their current roster as no major moves were made in free agency to sign any available players. Other players were acquired through trades and picking up any free agents seems unlikely as the owners are choosi...
nayefj writes...

More on defensive issues

Posted Tuesday | Comments 3
Note: I can't seem to post comments so bare with me. I can only post short words, but not full sentences. The Avalanche are very much stocked up with centers and their defensive woes are bound to bite back. Here is their current line-up on D: [b]Erik Johnson[/b]: The former #1 draft pick will be making this his fourth year with the Avs after being traded by...
[b]I still can't seem to post any comments on MyHockeybuzz without the words "mySQL Error in statement" appearing and my comment not showing up. Just to let you know I'm not ignoring anyone's comments.[/b] Liles was mentioned a couple of times in the comments so I'd like to address this point for a bit. Sure, Liles was great with the Avs during his time in Denver. No...
robmahon19 writes...

Defensmen of the Future

Posted Sunday | Comments 3
Avalanche fans have been hearing for some time now (not without good cause mind you) that our defensive group is porous and largely devoid of any real talent. Anyone who watched this group play last year would be hard pressed to argue and since the offseason has not yielded any changes on the back end we can expect to be hearing about the issues on defense for the immediat...
Let the talks heat up again as Ryan Miller is, apparently, back on the trading blocks. Eklund first reported that talks between the Sabres and Avalanche involving Ryan Miller were heating up once again as training camp quickly approaches. Then another outlet reported the same thing that Miller talks in Colorado were beginning to brew. Then, Garth told us yesterday ...
The past 24 hours or so have been busy to say the least for the Colorado Avalanche organization. The team that has started the season with a phenomenally surprising 10-1-0 record is looking to face their toughest challenge this weekend. And it won’t just be the Stars and Canadiens. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov turned himself in upon hearing there was a warrant out for h...
[b]By Casey Gagnon, Phoenix Sports Hub E-Mail: CaseyPSH at yahoo dot com Twitter: @CaseyPSH PhoenixSportsHub.Blogspot.com[/b] The Phoenix Coyotes needed players to step up Tuesday night in Denver to fill voids in the lineup. Forward Antoine Vermette and goaltender Thomas Greiss received the message loud and clear. Both played as solid a game one could ask for, an...
Consistently inconsistent, as they say. For stretches the Dallas Stars dominate opponents on the ice. But like clockwork the dominance ends as soon as it begins, never stretching beyond 3 games. After laying an egg against division rivals in Nashville, losing 2 huge points the Stars bounced back and scored a plethora of goals against the equally important Winnipeg Jets....
I was watching the press conference that the Avalanche held with Sakic and Roy just last week. The answer to every question was laid out with either Core, structure or both. The structure talking about finance - No one gets paid more than Matt Duchene, although that was clearly never stated it was never denied on behalf of Joe Sakic when asked point blank is this what stru...
ZzHockey writes...

Avalanche not done

Posted Monday | Comments 1
With a little over 10 million left for the Avalanche cap space, Colorado continues to sign players even as they wait to sign pending contracts with Ryan O'Reilly, Tyson Barrie, Stefan Elliott, Joey Hishon and a few others. Today Colorado announced they have signed 27 year old Defensemen Maxim Noreau to a 2 year 1-way contract at $1.25 million - $625k per season. No...
[b]AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT HIS CAREER AND THE ARBITRATION HEARING MOVING FORWARD[/b] The Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly are facing an arbitration hearing just six days away. The rare ‘club-elected’ hearing was set after the Avs refused to extend a 6.5 million dollar qualifying-offer to the young forward.rnrnIt’s a story that seems all a bit too familiar for the ...
My good friend BHTD9 came to me with the idea of coming up with some predictions for next season today and I have to say I was intrigued. To be fair, I'm not as solid on my western conference material. Guaranteed there'll be a few disagreements here. That said, lets give it a shot then. Last Years Standings Colorado - 112 St. Louis - 111 Chicago - 107 Minnesota - ...
After a waiting and waiting, Colorado fans did not have to get news on Ryan O'Reilly from an arbitration stand point. O'Reilly and the Avs have agreed to a two year deal that nets a cap hit of $6M per. For Ryan it is broken up $5.8m year one an $6.2 in his second season. There are still big questions here. Yes they were able to work out a deal however where does the bl...
[b]Follow me at twitter.com/DailyNHLGrind[/b] As first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly both confirmed Wednesday morning that the two sides agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth 12 million dollars. The contract will pay him 5.8M in 2014-15 and 6.2M in 2015-16. The deal was struck between Pat Morris and Joe Sakic in the w...
I have been "Fantasy Hockey Blogging" for a few years now, and thought I would drop a small one on here! I have been a (self-appointed) Fantasy Hockey Guru for a few years now. I play in some insanely competitive leagues that mimic all life like NHL systematics for Drafting, ELC's, Contract renewals etc... so after years of this I have always had a knack of planning, sc...
I wanted to break down what the Colorado Avalanche so far this season. The Avalanche have had a rough start that many people did not expect, although some expected a slower start, not many expected this slow of a start. Breaking down the subtractions and additions to the roster as of 11/16/2014: Paul Stastny; signed a 4 year deal with the St. Louis Blues. Stastny st...
Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche were near identical in almost every aspect. They both had a top three pick at the 2013 NHL draft, Colorado selecting Nathan MacKinnon from the Halifax Mooseheads number one overall and Tampa Bay taking Jonathan Droiun (MacKinnon’s line mate) also from the Halifax Mooseheads. Both teams went out and made a tr...
ZzHockey writes...

Varlamov - hurt again...

Posted Tuesday | Comments 2
Once again in less than 20 games for the Colorado Avalanche, goaltender Semyon Varlamov is injured. The first time Varly sustained a lower body injury during morning practice before the Avalanche took on the Ottawa Senators. In that game, less than three minutes in, backup goalie Reto Berra, would sustain a head injury after a collision with two players. This left young ro...
[b]Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DailyNHLGrind[/b] The Avalanche is turning a corner. With John Mitchell and Patrick Bordeleau both returning to the lineup tonight, the Avs are as healthy as they have been in a long time. Colorado completed its second game of a three-game road trip tonight at the First Niagara Center and came away with a 5-1 victory. It w...
The duel for back-up in Denver seems to be over, though it is not 100% sure what Colorado will do. Just a few weeks ago, Calvin Pickard was re-assigned to Lake Erie even though he had played out of him mind for the Colorado Avalanche. The young goaltender was sent back due to the fact that Semyon Varlamov was healthy and Reto Berra was their number two. Their other reason ...
The Penguins were defeated in Colorado Wednesday night by a score of 3-1. The Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists to lead the Avs to a win at the Pepsi Center. Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves, including 12 in the third period, to lead his team to a victory against Pittsburgh, who had won four straight heading into a west coast r...
The road trip continues in Denver with a catch. Ryan Johansen will be out of the lineup due to an illness, which means other players will be seeing more ice time- primarily the centers of the club. The Jackets come into this game winless and have different lineups because of Joey's illness. Tonight, Rene Borque is in. As for the Colorado Avalanche, this is the firs...
A victory at last. Saturday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a final score of 4-3. The struggling Avalanche had goals by ex-Jacket Jack Skille (in the first); Jarome Iginla (in the second); and Nathan Mackinnon (in the second), my player to watch. Also, ex-Blue Jackets Nick Holden, Blake Comeau, and Francois Beauchmin each had helper...
At Nationwide tonight is a battle of East v. West. Both teams are in a fight to avoid the bottom of the league. Columbus is there now. Colorado is on their way. The Avs are loaded with former Blue Jackets on their active roster- Andrew Bodnarchuk, who they claimed off waivers recently; Jack Skille, who signed with them over the summer; Nick Holden, whose been there for...
At Nationwide Arena, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a final score of 2-1. Colorado got their lone goal from Chris Wagner, who they picked up from Anahiem off waivers earlier this season. Jarome Iginla and Chris Bigras had the helpers. Matt Duchene, my player to watch for Colorado, was a plus/minus -1 and had six shots on net. Speaking ...
The second game of back to back nights for Columbus brings them back home to take on the different looking Colorado Avalanche. Going with the different look, the Avs made a lot of changes to the roster in the summer. Their former head coach, Patrick Roy, resigned from the team. They lost five players to European teams, including enforcer Patrick Bordeleau; former first...
The second game of back to back nights for Columbus brings them back home to take on the different looking Colorado Avalanche. Going with the different look, the Avs made a lot of changes to the roster in the summer. Their former head coach, Patrick Roy, resigned from the team. They lost five players to European teams, including enforcer Patrick Bordeleau; former first...
The winning streak at home has come to an end by way of an overtime defeat to the Colorado Avalanche. The final score was Colorado 3, Columbus 2. Nine minutes into the first period, the Jackets get a mini series of lucky bounces for a 1-0 lead. Cam Atkinson shot the puck from the side of the net; hitting off Nikita Zadarov's stick; and off Mikko Rantanen's skate to get...
Happy December everyone!!! The countdown to Christmas begins. The Blue Jackets are back on the ice tonight in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado to take on the Avalanche. These two teams are playing each other for the first time since the trade they made late last week- swapping depth defensemen Cody Goloubef and Ryan Stanton. These two squads also recently...
Subtle mid-season moves and the youth movement provide at least some reason for cautious optimism in Avalanche world. When we think of the future for the Colorado Avalanche, we of course first think of Tyson Jost, who recently made his Avalanche debut, as well as Mikko Rantanen, JT Compher and Nikita Zadorov. But the Avs also quietly picked up three cast offs from other t...
Nathan MacKinnon collected his fourth weekly NHL three-star honors this afternoon after posting six goals and two assists in four games for the Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon’s eight points were one off of leader Alex Pietrangelo’s nine points. But as he’s been doing all season, MacKinnon has done a fantastic job collecting primary points. He scored six goals and adde...
THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 37 Legal Pot and Pulling the Goalie The NHL regular season is in full swing. Brad Burud and Blake Friars discuss the legalization of marijuana in Canada, and how it will effect hockey. Then they dive into when is the proper time to pull your goalie. Analytics is changing when coaches are choosing to do this, and more goals a...

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