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Colin Wilson On Dealing With OCD

from Colin Wilson at The Players' Tribune,

During every pregame skate, I used to look into the crowd and wonder what the fans could see.

I mean, like, what could they really see?

Could they see the cuts on my hands — and the blood on my laces — from obsessively lacing and relacing my skates again and again?

Could they see the bags under my eyes from having gotten just two hours of sleep for the fifth straight night?

Could they see the pain I was going through from trying to work up the nerve to tell the coach that tonight was the night when it was just all too much, and I couldn’t play?

I’ve been an NHL player for 11 years. And until very recently, I’ve had untreated obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD as we commonly know it.


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Colorado Avalanche Acquire Devon Toews

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Devon Toews from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Toews, 26, appeared in all 68 games for the Islanders during his first full NHL season in 2019-20, tallying 28 points (6g/22a).  His six goals and 28 points finished second among New York defenders.  The Abbotsford, British Columbia, native went on to skate in all 22 playoff games for the Islanders, where he tied for first among team defensemen with 10 points (2g/8a).

“Devon is a smart, two-way, puck-moving defenseman who plays 20-plus minutes a night,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “He is a durable defender who is excellent in transition and we are excited to add him to our blueline.”

Selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Toews has recorded 46 points (11g/35a) in 116 career NHL regular season contests and added 15 points (3g/12a) in 30 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Chicago/Colorado Trade Coming

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The Colorado Avalanche Re-Sign Andre Burakovsky

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has re-signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a two-year contract through the 2021-22 season.

Burakovsky, 25, finished the 2019-20 regular season with 45 points (20g/25a) in 58 games, reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career and also setting personal bests in points and assists. He led the Avalanche with a career-high six game-winning goals, which was tied for 10th in the NHL and was also tops on the team and sixth in the league in shooting percentage (19.4%). Burakovsky shared the team lead in multi-goal games (four) and ranked second in multi-point efforts (13).

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Burakovsky finished with 17 points (7g/10a) in 15 games, setting new postseason career highs in goals, assists and points. He was tied for third on the team in goals and ranked fourth in points. The Klagenfurt, Austria, native tallied three points (2g/1a) in Game 5 of Colorado’s second-round series against the Dallas Stars on Aug. 31, a single-game playoff career high.

“Signing Andre was a priority for us this offseason. He has been a great addition to our team and was a big part of our success this season,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He’s a very skilled player who brings speed and scoring to our lineup, and we’re excited to have him under contract for two more years.”

cquired by the Avalanche in a June 28, 2019 trade,  Burakovsky has tallied 190 points (82g/108a) in 386 career regular-season NHL games. He helped the Washington Capitals capture their first Stanley Cup championship in 2017-18, returning to the lineup after missing the first two rounds and recording six points (2g/4a) in 13 postseason games. Overall, the 6-foot-3, 201-pound left wing has dressed in 71 career playoff contests, producing 35 points (16g/19a)


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The Colorado Avalanche Could Make A Big Splash By Signing Taylor Hall

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

It’s a big week for each of the league’s 31 teams but more so for the few teams like the Avs who are just a piece or two away from becoming fully stocked for a Stanley Cup run.

As NHL Network analyst Brian Lawton told me, it’s “go time” for the Avalanche this week.

Colorado enters the week with 15 big-league players under contract and sitting approximately $21.5 million under the salary cap of $81.5 million. Two significant restricted free agents need to be resigned in winger Andre Burakovsky and defenseman Ryan Graves, but beyond that the core of the team is in place.

If Colorado general manager Joe Sakic is given the money to spend, three significant areas will likely be improved: Goaltending, depth-forward toughness and top-six forward scoring.

The latter position is not necessarily what Colorado needs, but something it can get. The Avs could make a huge free-agent splash with Taylor Hall, the top available scoring forward who is reportedly considering a one-term contract with a Cup contender before going through post-COVID-19 free agency next offseason and signing a much bigger deal.

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic

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Goalie Issues In Dallas And Colorado

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The series began with Colorado starter Philipp Grubauer injuring himself just 23 minutes into Game 1. It was an omen of hard times ahead for the masked men.

Throughout this series, led 3-2 by the Dallas Stars over the Colorado Avalanche, five goaltenders have seen the crease as these teams burn through crease jockies in a Western Conference Round 2 series unlike any we’ve seen before.

“It is weird,” said Stars head coach Rick Bowness. “It’s bubble hockey.”

These teams are averaging nine goals per game but if you’ve ever played bubble hockey, you can attest to the fact that trying to manoeuvre the goalie into making a save is nigh impossible.

Every Canadian knows that your best bet is simply to shoot early and often, and win the next round of beers on offence, not defence.

Sound familiar, Jared Bednar?

“It’s a race to five (goals),” the Avalanche head coach said. “That’s the way this series is going.”


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The Dallas Stars Could Not Seal The Deal Last Night

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

In an elimination game, the Dallas Stars made a bold choice with their starting goaltender. They would go with Ben Bishop, who had not played a game since Aug. 13, due to some undisclosed injury that head coach Rick Bowness had been convinced Bishop had overcome.

Then he saw his goalie play.

“He had a couple of really sharp practices,” explained Bowness. “When he was given the clearance, with back to back games… the best decision was to go with Bishop.”

Bishop lasted all of 13:43 in the Dallas goal and got the hook with the Stars trailing 4-0. The Colorado Avalanche would greet reliever Anton Khudobin with another goal, and lead 5-0 at the first intermission.

It was as derelict a performance as a team could submit with a chance to bury a dangerous opponent like Colorado. The Stars had cement shoes from the goal crease on out, beaten to every puck by a hungry Colorado team that showed no mercy in what ended up as a 6-3 Game 5 victory.


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Morning Line- Jared Bednar

“If even one player had come to me and said, ‘Hey, I don’t think we should play,’ then we would’ve addressed it as a team. But I never got word from anyone in our room and the league hadn’t said the players are thinking of not playing. It’s obviously an important topic and something we need to think long and hard about as a country. But I just think tonight wasn’t maybe the time and place for us.”

-Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar.  Mark Kisza of the Denver Post has more on this topic.

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The Colorado Avalanche Take A 2-1 Series Lead

4:38am note- Stars lead the series 2-1, I need sleep.

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

A two-goal, third-period lead was never safe for the Avalanche, knowing the Dallas Stars had come back to win nine times from two-goal deficits this season — including Monday in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series in Edmonton.

So was it surprising to see the Stars erase a two-goal hole and take the lead in the third period Wednesday in Game 3? No.

But it was the Avs’ response that rejuvenated interest in this high-scoring series that tightened considerably after Colorado’s 6-4 victory at Rogers Place.

Following Dallas’ three consecutive goals to begin the final frame, Colorado answered with three straight — the game-winner by Nazem Kadri with 6:04 remaining — and the Avs hung on to trim the Stars’ series lead to 2-1.


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