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The Burgundy Letter

Concerns about Forsberg’s night.

The pre-season has ended, and I’m very much looking forward to Avalanche - Red Wings this saturday. Not only because of Peter Forsberg’s jersey retirement ceremony before the game, but also because my daughter will be baptized at the same time. Oh, and my fiancée will celebrate her 30th birthday at the same time. So there will be a lot of reasons to rejoice, which leads me to suspect that I will have to watch the game on sunday on Gamecenter.

During the game, the Avs will not only honour Peter Forsberg. They will also honour the three former Avs players that passed away during the summer - Wade Belak, Karlis Skrastins and Ruslan Salei. As saddened as I am by the losses of the three players, I think the Avs would have made a better choice in honouring them on any other night. Or by moving Forsberg’s retirement ceremony.

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Changing teams and fantasy hockey.

The move from Atlanta to Winnipeg has had me thinking over the last couple of months - how tied down am I to the Avalanche? And what would happen with my allegiances in the unlikely event of the Avs getting moved from Denver to become, say, the Las Vegas Indians (we rob you twice - only once on the ice)? In the best of all worlds, I’d still feel the ties to my former Avs and become a fan of the new team, wherever they would end up. But when the Thrashers left Atlanta, many fans considered changing or even changed their favourite team to another one. So which teams would be in a good spot to become my new number one, if I ever changed?

Join me after the break for a tongue-in-cheek discussion/roast of which teams I would have to consider if the Avs were ever relocated, and some fantasy hockey. I could really use your help.

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Avalanche finish training camp.

I’m down and out with the flu, so I’m currently drinking a lot of my country’s equivalent to Nyquil - only ours contains morphine instead. The Avs finished training camp yesterday with the traditional Burgundy/White-game, and needless to say, I’m very very happy. Not so much about training camp. But very very happy. Since you all now have the option to remove some blogs from your reading list thanks to Paul’s hard work, I’m certain that an Avs blog on a Detroit-dominated website suddenly has no readers, and I’m writing this purely for my own enjoyment. But still - very very happy.

Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned from training camp and what to expect in the upcoming pre-season games. Did we get an answer to the questions posed heading into training camp? Which players should you keep an eye on this season, and since I’m putting some teams together myself - who might be a good fit on your fantasy team?

The answer: none. We’re the second worst team in the league.

Wheee!

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Avs sign Cumiskey, logjam continues.

As per Adrian Dater, the Colorado Avalanche have signed Kyle Cumiskey to a one-year, two-way contract. If Cumiskey plays in the NHL, he will earn 708 000 dollars. If he plays in the AHL, his salary will be 105 000 dollars.

The interesting aspect of this is that I would have expected the Avs to be willing to walk away from Cumiskey and that he might eventually have signed in Europe. Instead, the Avs have added another player that will have to fight for a spot on the team during training camp in about a week’s time. It’s even more peculiar considering that the Avs traded J-M Liles to Toronto to make room for their youngsters coming up on D, and instead of showing faith in them, management seems keen on defence by committee.

Let us take a look at the Avalanche’s logjam at defence with a percentage given to every player involved as to their likelihood of making the opening night roster.

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