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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.

Watch it play out below...

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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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Evening Line- Adrian Dater On Joe Sakic

 ...Today was an opportunity to prove this front office wasn’t overwhelmed by the task at hand and they failed miserably. They are not only the worst team in the NHL by a country mile, their farm system is among the 10 worst in the NHL and they have failed to stock up on draft selections in upcoming drafts to remedy the situation.

The situation has reached such a critical mass of failure, there’s little reason for Avalanche fans to place faith in Sakic to handle the delicate situations he now faces with Duchene and Landeskog this summer. The draft floor has become the NHL’s primary trading grounds and the spotlight will only be bigger and brighter.

Does anybody really believe Sakic won’t shrink from that moment, too?

-Adrian Dater of BSNDenver where you can read  more on Sakic.

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It Appears Jarome Iginla Will Be Going To The LA Kings

added 1:16pm, LA release is below...

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Nikita Zadorov Injured In Practice Today And Is Done For The Season

from Ryan Boulding of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov left Monday's practice after colliding with forward Mikko Rantanen during one of the on-ice exercises and is out for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ankle, the team announced.

The incident occurred when Zadorov became entwined with Rantanen during a drill.

"He got tangled up with Mikko," head coach Jared Bednar said after practice. "He actually fell on top of Mikko, but his leg got trapped underneath Mikko and he fell awkwardly."

While Zadorov's status is a tough blow for the club, the Avalanche appears closer to getting two other players back in the mix.

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Video- Jonathan Drouin Shines In OT

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It was a dazzling 47 seconds, with the puck on the Lightning wing's stick for most of it.

"I was gassed," Drouin said.

Drouin was also determined. With the Lightning blowing a two-goal lead for the second straight night — this time with 41 seconds left — it desperately needed the second point. Drouin made sure of it, his slick steal-and-deke display on the winner lifting Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.

"He wasn't going to be denied on that shift," goalie Ben Bishop said. "He was a man on a mission.''

Said Tyler Johnson: "A pretty heroic effort."

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