The Burgundy Letter
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Worst scenario would be going 0-3, and it’s not out of the question as the Avs have had a hard time getting points against division rivals this season.
Well, the Avs did exactly what I was afraid of and went 0-3 on the road to negate their previous three-game winning streak. As the team prepares to face the San Jose Sharks in a couple of days, and with much speculation about the job security of Joe Sacco, I’ve decided to run a series of posts about what’s wrong with the Colorado Avalanche right now (hence the roman numerical at the end of the title). I’ve never been very interested in penning negative posts, so I’ll try to intersperse this series of articles with some positive ones as well. But let’s get straight into “Something’s rotten” with a discussion that involves the name and banner for this blog…
The Colorado Avalanche won against the LA Kings, 3-2, after criticized Matt Duchene scored the game-winner early in the third period. It was the first win on home ice of the season, which would’ve been a horrible start to the season if it wasn’t for the Avs dominance in road games. There was an almost audible breath of relief from the fans at Pepsi Center as the game ended. I know, because it was one of the few sounds I actually heard from the audience. In a 3-2 win against a strong opponent like the Kings, the stadium was so quiet you’d think the announcer had just said that the rest of this season’s games would be presented by Amway.
The Colorado Avalanche got a 1-0 win today against the Boston Bruins, with Semyon Varlamov holding on for the shutout. He has looked great in his first two games with his new team - none of the goals against Detroit could be blamed on him, and he was perfect against the Bruins with several quality saves.
The Avs defence, which now contains some of the largest bodies in the NHL, played a great game which was pretty much night and day compared to last year’s at times abysmal defence. I’m not a size queen in any way, but it’s good to see a big squad back there, helping Varlamov out. Several times last year I felt that the Avs were sorely out-muscled, so the team seems to be much harder to create goals against than they were last year.
I’m also happy with the play of centers Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene.
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.
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.