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Report- The Colorado Avalanche Have Interest In Kyle Dubas

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

...respected Toronto-based Sportsnet and NHL Network reporter Elliotte Friedman on Tuesday said that the Avalanche had asked for and received permission to speak with Maple Leafs assistant general manger Kyle Dubas, 30, about a job with the Colorado organization. Presumably that would involve something more than a parallel move for Dubas, with Sakic moving up in the Kroenke Sports hierarchy and-or a massaging of job titles in the hockey front office.

Team president Josh Kroenke three weeks ago said of Sakic: “Joe’s leash hasn’t changed at all. Nobody wants to get the Avalanche back to where they were, where we all expect them to be, more than Joe Sakic. We’re going to continue to give him every resource at his disposal and I’m going to help him in any ways he sees that I can. At the end of the day, Joe wants what’s best for the Colorado Avalanche. Whether that’s him in his current role or something else, it doesn’t matter. Joe Sakic is committed to making the Avalanche better.”

On Tuesday night, Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said, “We will not comment on rumors.”

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Jim Montgomery Needs To Be Behind The Bench For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The man who should be the Avalanche’s next coach works a little more than six miles down the road from the NHL team’s arena in Denver. If general manager Joe Sakic lets Jim Montgomery get away, it will be a crying shame.

Montgomery knows how to build a winner. He has done it at the University of Denver. The Pioneers won the eighth national championship in school history earlier this month with a 3-2 victory against Minnesota Duluth. And the NHL has noticed.

The Florida Panthers have scheduled an interview with Montgomery. They would be smart to hire him. But Sakic, the former Avs star whose efforts as a front-office executive for the franchise has been an unmitigated hockey disaster, would be crazy to let Montgomery leave town.

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A Bad Home Year For The Colorado Avalanche

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche’s 2016-17 home schedule ended Thursday, and unsurprisingly given the toxic nature of the season, Colorado posted its worst home record ever in its 21 seasons in Denver.

Colorado’s 4-3 loss to Minnesota left the Avalanche with a 13-26-2 record for 28 points at home. The previous low in a full, non-lockout season was in 2010-11, when Colorado was 16-21-4, for 36 points.

Worse, the Avs loss meant will post the worst overall single-season record in the NHL since the Atlanta Thrashers went 14-57-7-4 for 39 points in 1999-2000. (The last two digits are for ties and overtime losses in the pre-shootout era. Games still could end in ties, but if either team scored in the five-minute overtime, it got a second point.)

The Thrashers, who went 9-26-3-3 for 24 points at home, had a pretty good excuse for that rotten record. They were an expansion franchise.

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3/26/97 Is A Date Detroit Hockey Fans Will Never Forget

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Has it really been 20 years since the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche ignited one of the best rivalries — or feuds — in professional sports with a game on March 26 that will likely live in infamy?

“I have people all the time come up to me and say they were there,” Kris Draper said.

March 26, 1997.

You mention that date to Detroit sports fans of a certain age and they’ll tell you where they were when the Red Wings and Avalanche went after each other that evening, or what they were doing, or how they were going bonkers.

The entire evening can still produce endless goose bumps just thinking about it. The fights, the goals, the craziness of what was happening on the ice and in the stands — oh yes, and the fights.

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Fixing The Colorado Avalanche

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The planets must align for the Avalanche to become competitive — or more than that — next season. That means:

— Semyon Varlamov shows his hip surgery has rid him of his recurring groin muscle issues. He has to become one of the league’s elite goalies again, living up to the standards set by his annual $5.9 million cap hit through 2018-19. Trade him? Who’s going to take him now, especially with that contract? Expose him to the expansion draft? Sure, but he won’t be taken. He has ties to Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee, who was at Washington when Varlamov was with the Capitals. McPhee was skeptical of Varlamov’s ability to stay healthy before the goalie was traded to Colorado in 2011, and while Varlamov has been terrific in stretches here, McPhee turned out to be right.

— Joe Sakic again explores trading Matt Duchene and Gabe Landeskog. (I’d include MacKinnon in the explorations too.) If no deal is made, absolving the three forwards of blame for this dumpster fire because of the cast around them is understandable, but goes too far. They’re supposed to lead this team, and faith in them has been at the core of Sakic’s plan to tie them up contractually and fill in around them. They have to step up. Finally.

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The Colorado Avalanche And Ottawa Senators Will Play Two Regular Season Games In Stockholm

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 24, 2017) – The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The Avalanche and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets to the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will go on sale to the public starting on Wednesday, March 29.

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Video- You Make The Call On The Jonathan Toews Goal

via the Denver Post,

Colorado coach Jared Bednar challenged the play, and video replays appeared to show Toews was offside before he later scored, but officials upheld the call after a lengthy review and the Blackhawks were within 3-2.

“I don’t necessarily understand it, but it’s a tag-up rule,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “It wasn’t on his stick. That is what it is. For me, it’s 3-2, nine-and-a-half minutes to go, that gives them a little life. It’s what we do after that that bothers me.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said, “I thought it was the right call. It doesn’t trigger the offside until he touches the puck. Johnny (Toews) gets his skate back on time, right at probably the same time as we touch it. You can say it was a tie. That’s the Minnesota play.”

Quenneville was referring to a similar play in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime win over the Wild on Feb 8. In that game, Quenneville used his coach’s challenge after J.P. Parise scored in the second period for the Wild, arguing that Parise was offside on the sequence leading to the goal. After a long review, officials said the evidence was inconclusive and let the goal stand.

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Morning Line- Matt Duchene

“This is probably the worst (slump) I’ve ever been through. it’s been pretty crazy just in terms of how bad it’s gone. Sometimes you can’t really read too much into it and just realize it’s part of the game.”

“Usually, the more I play, the better I feel and the more into the game I get. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to do the best with what you have.”

-Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.  Duchene has 1 goal and 8 assists in his last 25 games.  Matt Layman at the Denver Post has more.

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Another Bad Game For The Colorado Avalanche

from Kirk Penton at the Denver Post,

As far as starts go, Saturday night’s was a horrendous one for the Avalanche. Again.

The middle and the end weren’t much better for the NHL’s worst team, but the beginning was particularly putrid.

Host Winnipeg scored three goals in the first 10 minutes and cruised to an easy 6-1 victory.

“We came out not ready to play,” veteran Avs defenseman Francois Beauchemin said. “At one point, you gotta start showing some pride. … It’s just embarrassing.”

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Watch head coach Jared Bedna at his post game press conference below...

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Video- Bad Pass Of The Night

No Blake Comeau...

 

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