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from Adrain Dater of All Things Avs,
Here’s the deal with O’Reilly and the Avs: no, they don’t have agreement on a long-term deal right now. The parties, in fact, haven’t talked since the summer when they tried to work something out but couldn’t. But they will talk again after the season is over, and things actually are good right now between the Avs and O’Reilly. There is reasonable optimism he’ll get a new deal this summer and continue his career with the Avs.
Sometimes I have to keep reminding myself that this is the new Avs, not the old Avs. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy do do things differently than the old regime, but sometimes I’m still caught up in the past.
Is there a chance things still don’t work out with O’Reilly and somehow he’s gone this summer? I guess, but after talking with people tonight, I don’t think so.
"I think Jiggy should have played better tonight. We're not going to look at our team. We might not have had the jump we should have, but Jiggy needs to be better. He hasn't played well in the last four or five games. He should stand up and say, 'I'm not playing up to what I should.' And he did not. He needs to be better, and we need him playing better. Period."
-Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to Calgary 4-3 Monday night. More from Mike Chanbers of the Denver Post.
Craig Berube disagrees...
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
The spirited Avalanche practice Saturday was overdue. Colorado hadn't practiced since Monday's morning skate at San Jose and didn't touch the ice for three days after that shootout loss to the Sharks.
Which helps explains why the Avs came off the NHL's mandatory Christmas break and laid an egg Friday at Chicago, losing to the defending Stanley Cup champion 7-2. The Blackhawks had a morning skate and sweated out the holiday cheer at the United Center as the Avs were traveling and guzzling coffee....
"I'm not going to use that as a reason why we lost," Roy said about the Avs not having a morning skate in Chicago. "(But) it's unacceptable that we have to lose an hour to go to Chicago. ... How can you give a good show? No matter what, we were in a bad spot. We've done it in the past, but why (didn't) Chicago come here?
"I don't know who's working for the league for the schedule, but they need to understand that (when) Denver goes to Chicago, you're losing an hour (and) if you want to play at night you have to be up at 4 or 5 in the morning to get to the airport ... to have a good morning skate. It's nonsense."
from Andrey Kuznetsov of Sport Express (Google translate),
- Now is potentially the first Olympic goalkeeper country will have time to forget everything and tidy nerves.
- Yes, Semen can safely prepare for February 2014. Plus his career in the NHL nothing more threatening. If the court, God forbid, Varlamov deported from America, a club in the KHL, he would certainly have found. But just imagine what would have been dealt a blow to the psyche, the reputation of the keeper! And now all the roads are still open. I will say more: I am sure that after this story in our hockey will be an extra incentive to show itself in all its glory goalie. At the club, and at the Sochi Olympics. Simon wants to have his name associated with people not all of these courts, and with great victories at the Olympic Games. Still, the fact that all this scandal broke, there is a small fault of the Varlamov. Theoretically, he could understand and early, with whom he was dealing.
- In one of the bard songs like Alexander Galich written about him. "A guy walks with Sema damoyu through the fog. What we say about this lady? Not fountain."
- Let this case will be a lesson for all of our guys. You need to understand people, to know that the girls are divided into good and different. Here is my paternal covenant carefully enemy does not sleep (laughs) . Damsel-then this really behaved as an enemy of the people. How can before the Sochi Olympics this venture? Would understand even if a foreigner started a scandal. But Russian girl Russian guy is trying to take a monastery. It is clear also that she does not care for the hockey team. The whole country for our national team soul hurts. And her self-interest instead of patriotism. I may now harshly criticized. But I see the same right. Indeed, the court in detail all figured out and admitted that the rights Varlamov.
from Raquel Villanueva of 9News,
The case against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was dismissed Friday after facing a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly attacking his girlfriend.
Varlamov, 25, charged with third-degree assault Nov. 22. The case was dismissed because prosecutors say they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
His girlfriend, 24-year-old Evgenia Vavrinyuk, says the encounter happened in late Oct. at her home in the 1700 block of Bassett Street. Vavrinyuk, had bruises consistent with a physical encounter, the police report said.
thanks to Sean Leahy for the heads-up via Twitter
added 3:53pm, via the Denver Post,
The district attorney's office on Friday morning filed a motion to dismiss the remaining misdemeanor assault charge because further investigation led prosecutors to believe they could not prove the case at trial.
"That's not to say we don't believe our victim," district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said, adding that investigators reinterviewed witnesses whose statements began to shift. "It became clear we didn't have a belief we could prove it beyond a reasonable doubt."
Would the review room in Toronto overruled the call on the ice if this type of ruling would be reviewable?
And how about this call from the Colorado/Calgary game...
Montreal sent Patrick Roy and Mike Keane to Colorado for Jocelyn Thibault, Andrei Kovolenko and Martin Rucinsky.
Below, watch video highlights from Roy's last game as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
In the wake of a lawsuit, by which 10 former NHL-ers claimed the league hid information that would have prevented ongoing head trauma, (Scott) Parker said in a recent interview with the Denver Post that he was the subject to bullying by coaches who threatened his roster spot if he stopped sacrificing his body.
He directed his harshest criticism at Hartley.
“He was a junior B goalie trying to tell me how to fight,” Parker told the Denver Post. “He was always just degrading me. Not to be a (wimp), but he was a bully. And he could be because he was in a position of authority. What was I supposed to do as a rookie? Go tell him ‘(expletive) you’? I did that stuff at the end of my career, but at the beginning of my career I was just a chess piece to him.”
Hartley was quick to defend himself when asked about Parker’s comments Tuesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“I was made aware of that report long ago,” said Hartley who won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche and spent nearly five seasons at the helm from 1998-99 to 2002-03. “All coaches, but I’ll speak for myself because my name is there, we set expectations. We create standards. There’s not a player I’ve coached that I didn’t try to make better. I’ve never bullied anyone.
“I can be a demanding coach. But I want the best for my players. For me, that’s the end of the story.”
No need for the push from McLeod.
Earlier this month McLeod was suspended by the NHL for 5 games.
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