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Philipp Grubauer Wants To Be The #1 Goaltender For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

There’s a new goaltender in town, and he wants to take Semyon Varlamov’s job.

“That’s the next step for me, taking over as the No. 1,” Philipp Grubauer said Thursday, as he stood in the Avalanche dressing room on the eve of training camp. Make no mistake, Grubauer wants to own the room.

Colorado has a goaltender controversy. And that’s a very good thing.

The Avalanche is a team on the rise. In Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado has a superstar that’s half magic and half mercury, so mesmerizing quick he can change the course of a game or a playoff series in the blink of an eye. “He’s the best player in the world,” said teammate Nikita Zadorov....

So what’s missing? A truly elite goalie Colorado can ride all the way to the Stanley Cup.

You say Varlamov is that goalie? I say check your calendar; it hasn’t been 2014 in a very long time.

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The Colorado Avalanche Will Depend On Young Forwards

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

NHL free agency went well for the Avalanche. It didn’t sign center John Tavares, and Colorado still has a gaping (unproven) hole with its No. 2 center, but 29 other teams failed to sign Tavares or had the cap space to do so.

As a consolation prize, the Avs got defenseman Ian Cole and forward Matt Calvert from Columbus and will stand between $10-$13 million under the salary cap when the season begins. They will have the flexibility to make moves in 2018-19 without behind strapped with a $11 million annual cap, which is what Toronto now has by winning the Tavares sweepstakes....

Without Tavares, it’s all up to the young forwards — all rookies last season — to establish the secondary scoring Colorado didn’t have enough of in 2017-18. Jost or Kerfoot will likely be that No. 2 center, but all four are capable of playing in the middle or the wing.

“We’ve got a young forward group, some young centermen, and we look forward for them to make that next step,” Avs general manager Joe Sakic said. “Obviously, we’d like to improve our secondary scoring and we’ll continue to look at avenues to accomplish that. But yeah, I’m excited to give these guys that opportunity.”

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Morning Line- Mark Kiszla

In Grubauer, the Avalanche has a sturdy and talented goaltender built for a championship run.  With MacKinnon thirsting for a drink from the Cup, it leaves us hungry for more.

-Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post where you can read more on the Avalanche.

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Colorado Avalanche Announce Three-Year Contract For Philipp Grubauer

DALLAS – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a three-year contract through the 2020-21 season. Colorado acquired the 26-year-old netminder in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

"He just won a Stanley Cup. He's a winner, and that's always important. He knows what it takes," said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Joe Sakic following Friday’s trade. "He was just in a dressing room that went through a grind. You don't win a Stanley Cup if you're not part of a close team that believes and knows how to win in the playoffs. And he had a huge part in getting them into the playoffs. He's had two really good years in a backup role, and we all feel he's ready to take the next step and become a No. 1. We're excited to have two No. 1 goalies."

Grubauer appeared in 35 regular-season games for the Stanley Cup champion Capitals, posting a 15-10-3 record while leading the team in goals-against average (2.35), save percentage (.923) and shutouts (3).   Grubauer’s 35 games and 15 wins were career highs, while his three shutouts tied a personal best from 2016-17.   He led all NHL goaltenders in both goals-against average (1.93) and save percentage (.937%) from Nov. 24 until the end of the season (min. 20 games).  The 6-foot-1, 191-pound netminder went on to start Washington’s first two games of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (0-1-0, 4.57 GAA).

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Washington Trades Brooks Orpik And Philipp Grubauer To Avs For A Pick

Colorado release is below.

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The Nashville Predators Put Away The Pesky Colorado Avalanche

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Nashville, your professional hockey team might be all right after all.

Denver, yours has a future and deserved the ovation it got Sunday at Pepsi Center after a postseason that wasn’t supposed to happen went longer than anyone not affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche would have guessed.

Winnipeg, you said you wanted Nashville, and Nashville you shall get.

Maybe this will hurt the Predators in that pending, monster series against the Winnipeg Jets, and maybe it will help. Extra work and travel on one hand, affirmation of this team’s resolve on the other. We’ll find out in the next couple of weeks. But on Sunday the Predators earned the right to bask for a few moments in a 5-0 throttling of the Avs to take the first-round series 4-2, because every series victory in the Stanley Cup playoffs is something.

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The Nashville Predators Will Meet The Winnipeg Jets In Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Preds defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 to win the series 4-2.

The series against the Jets shoud be must watch.

 

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Andrew Hammond And A Late Comeback By The Colorado Avalanche Force A Game 6

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

 Andrew Hammond waited for his opportunity.

The Colorado Avalanche goalie had a taste of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Ottawa Senators in 2015, and wanted to have another.

"You want to play meaningful hockey," Hammond said. "When the games mean more, I try to take my game to another level. Obviously, I was able to do that tonight."

Thanks to Hammond, the Avalanche continue to play meaningful hockey.

Hammond made an NHL career high 44 saves, and Sven Andrighetto scored the game-winning goal with 1:28 remaining in third period in a 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Friday.

The Predators lead the best-of-7 series 3-2, with Game 6 at Pepsi Center on Sunday...

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Video- Ryan Hartman Will Meet With DoPS Today

 

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The Colorado Avalanche Will Face Elimination On Friday And Josh Kroenke On Patrick Roy

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Preds overwhelmed the Avs from the first drop of the puck in Game 4, scoring the first three goals before holding on late for a 3-2 victory that puts them on the brink of advancing to the Western Conference semifinals.

Nashville takes a 3-1 series lead to Game 5 on Friday on its home ice.

“I loved our third, there’s no question. But we need to find that urgency earlier,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “Even after it was 3-2, we had to have three or four real good looks at the net.”

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

When this season is over for Colorado, perhaps as soon as Friday night, when Game 5 will be played in Nashville, there will be praises sung for Nathan MacKinnon as the most valuable player in the league and admiration for how the feisty young Avalanche made pro hockey relevant again in Denver.

But this was also the year when the Avalanche finally buried the chaos created by Roy when he abruptly quit as the team’s coach in August 2016.

“He left us in the lurch,” Avalanche president Josh Kroenke told me last week, while marveling how the vision of general manager Joe Sakic has triumphed over the vote of no-confidence given by Roy on his way out the door.

Make no mistake. Bruises remain from how Roy dumped the Avs.

“I don’t really respect the way (Roy) handled it,” Kroenke said. “He went public before I even had a chance to talk with him....

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