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Video- A Good Hockey Hit Then… Avs/Oilers

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Watch as Alex Chiasson gets leveled by Ryan Graves with a clean hit. His teammate Adam Larsson is then given a game misconduct for what looked like an elbow towards T.J. Tynan.


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NHL Players On The No Whistle Regarding Matt Calvert Injury

from Sportsnet,

Last Saturday night in a game between Colorado and Vancouver, the Canucks trailed by two with less than three minutes to go in the third period. Pressing with the goalie pulled, they scored to pull to within one and eventually tied it to send the game to overtime.

But the comeback wasn’t without controversy.

The goal that pulled Vancouver to within one came as Colorado’s Matt Calvert lay on the ice in distress. A shot from Elias Pettersson hit Calvert in the head, leaving him bleeding, but because the Avs didn’t get control of the puck and the Canucks were pressuring the offensive zone, the whistle wasn’t blown.

This didn’t sit well with Nathan MacKinnon.

“I don’t think it’s right,” MacKinnon said. “Even Pettersson was looking at Calvy and you could tell he was wondering if he was OK, which was very classy by him. It’s not the Canucks’ fault. It’s not the refs’ fault. It’s just a league rule. The refs, they wanted to blow it. It’s just silly they can’t.

continued with more players chiming in...

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Videos- While The Avs’ Matt Calvert Bleeds, The Vancouver Canucks Score

from Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic,

The hockey world watched Calvert take a shot off the back of his head seconds before the Vancouver Canucks scored a goal.

But the Colorado Avalanche saw something else. They watched another teammate laying on the ice, bleeding – again – after being hit in the head with the puck while play was allowed to continue. They viewed what happened to Calvert as a player safety issue and one that should have resulted in the game immediately stopping so a player could receive immediate medical attention.

Escaping Rogers Arena with a 5-4 overtime win Saturday did not matter because all they could think about was Calvert.

“It’s a *#$%@& joke man and I’ve talked about it already,” said Avalanche alternate captain and defenseman Erik Johnson, who was referencing a postgame radio interview he gave with the team’s flagship station that also needed to be censored on a seven-second tape delay. “Like, you want to protect a guy? The guy’s got a family at home. He’s laying there bleeding out of his head and they don’t blow the *#$%@& whistle? It’s a complete joke. It’s an absolute joke and they should be ashamed of themselves.”

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Morning Line- Ray Bourque

The only regret I have is not winning in Boston. You know, we went to two Finals in '88 and '90 . . . The first year we didn't really match up well at all — we had no chance. The second year, we had a very good chance. I thought we matched up really well and that was really disappointing not making it more of a series in '90 because I thought we had enough. We had a really good team and character guys and that was very disappointing and then you know not getting back there, obviously. But we had good runs in the late 80s and early 90s so that was fun and we had a nice core of guys with an incredible chemistry as a team.

But yeah, that's the one thing. I lived it as a fan in 2011 when they won. I knew when I won in 2001 in Denver [I was] always thinking about this, I said, 'Can you imagine winning this in Boston?'

And when they won 2011 it was crazy and it was so much fun to be a fan. But then in other ways, you're like man I would love to live that because everything I lived in Colorado, that was tremendous. I had an incredible time there for 15 months and winning there. But then you're like, well imagine this in Boston and it certainly was the case when they won in 2011.

-Ray Bourque, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.  James Spiegel of The Sporting News has more in a Q & Q with Bourque.

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Gabriel Landeskog Out With Lower-Body Injury

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Joel Quenneville On The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

“They’re dangerous off the rush. They’ve got some real high-end talent. They can do a lot of different things,” Quenneville said here Friday.  “They’ve got four lines that are dangerous as well, so they’ve got really good balance up front. And some dangerous guys on the back end.”

Quenneville won the Stanley Cup as an Avalanche assistant in 1996 and as a head coach for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He was the Avalanche’s bench boss for three years beginning in 2005, and when he left in 2008 amid a power struggle with the front office, Colorado began a dismal 10-year stretch in which it made the playoffs just three times and never got out of the first round.

Allowing Quenneville to walk from Colorado following a second-round playoff appearance in 2008 was among the worst moves the club has ever made. It took 10 years for the Avs to get back to where Quenneville took them, while at the same time Coach Q was building a dynasty in Chicago.

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The Colorado Avalanche Know They Are Good

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Catch the Avs, if you can.

They’re furiously fast. They’re freakin’ good. And they know it.

“We feel like we can beat any team,” Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon told me Wednesday. “If we play our best, we feel like we can beat anybody, which is something we’ve never really felt before on this team.”

As MacKinnon plopped down at his locker, removing his practice gear, he was surrounded by hockey speed that can kill and talent Colorado has not enjoyed since Joe Sakic was skating instead of sitting in the team’s front office.

Led by MacKinnon, the world’s best hockey player on any given night, the big “A” on the team’s sweater is now surrounded by an unspoken but unmistakable “S,” “W” and “G.”

For the first time in a long time, the Avalanche hits the ice with the swag of talented players who have not only have arrived but are itching to knock down the door. I think it’s safe to say Colorado has never put a faster team on the ice.


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Nazem Kadri Would Have Preferred To Stay In Toronto

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

New Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, no stranger to criticism, has indirectly fanned the flames in the club’s rivalry with Calgary.

The Flames have lost five consecutive games to Colorado dating to last season, including the last four in a first-round playoff series in April in which the Western Conference regular-season champion fell to the No. 8-seeded Avs. And now Flames’ fans are upset with Kadri, Colorado’s new second-line center and power-play specialist who adds much-needed toughness to the forward corps.

Before Thursday’s season-opener for both teams at the Pepsi Center, Kadri said that he nixed an off-season trade to Calgary. The Flames were among the 10 NHL destinations on his no-trade list. The former Toronto standout, 28, was traded to Colorado July 1, after he told the Maple Leafs he wouldn’t adjust his no-trade demands and go to Calgary.

Though Colorado was not among the 10 teams on Kadri’s no-trade list, he didn’t want to become an Avalanche, either. He wanted to remain in Toronto, the franchise that selected him with the seventh pick of the 2009 draft.

“My initial feeling was to stay in Toronto. That’s kind of why that whole situation panned out the way it did,” Kadri said.  “It was nothing against Calgary. I obviously love that city and love going there as a visiting team. I just had aspirations to staying put.”


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Mikko Rantanen And The Colorado Avalanche Have Reached A Deal



added 8:10pm, Avs release is below.

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The Contending Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Inside the Avalanche dressing room, nameplates of the team’s all-time greats — from Patrick Roy to Peter Forsberg – have been affixed to the wall above locker stalls, as a reminder of a proud championship tradition.

And you know what? Right here, right now is the Avalanche’s best chance to hoist the Stanley Cup since Joe Sakic handed it to Ray Bourque way back in 2001.

“It’s nice to have some pressure. We’re not just the ‘bad Avs’ or whatever anymore. We’re a contender,” superstar Nathan MacKinnon said Thursday, as his teammates reported to training camp with expectations for this season through the Pepsi Center roof. “I think we all want pressure. It’s no fun coming in as an underdog. It got kind of old.”...

So what’s essential to note from this edition of the Avs? Well, Philipp Grubauer must show he can not only get hot when it matters most, but stand tall in goal every night. It’s a lot to ask a 20-year-old defenseman to ascend straight to superstardom, but let’s see how quickly Cale Makar can make the climb. Although Sakic did not break the bank in free agency, he wagers there was sufficient investment in secondary scoring to take some pressure off his big guns.

But maybe the best measure of this franchise’s championship worthiness will be the maturity essential to treating the regular season as serious practice for a long playoff run. That task is harder than it sounds. Why? Anyone can focus on results reinforced by the scoreboard, but the nuts-and-bolts process of building a champion is meticulous and sometimes tedious detail work.


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