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While all of the attention has been on the Flames’ potential fire sale leading up to the April 3 deadline, there has been little discussion about what GM Greg Sherman needs to do to get his forgotten squad back on track. Given the colossal mess that was the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet, one wonders what kind of plan exists for changing the culture in Denver and whether ownership has even noticed what’s going on under their collective noses.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read a bit more on the Avs.
“It’s a joke. It’s embarrassing, we put ourselves being the 8-ball every night, every single night. Enough is enough. I don’t know what’s going on. It’s a joke . . . They get in at 3 in the morning (today) after a loss and they want it more than us. It just can’t be that way. We played well the next 40 but we lost by a goal because we allowed two early ones.”
-Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to the Flames last night. More from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Right now, I sense the exact same hopeless feeling around the Avs that characterized the second half of the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons. Tony Granato coached that first team, Joe Sacco the second.
The criticism of Sacco is just withering right now from most of you, or at least it seems that way. I see the #firesacco hashtags and my inbox is just inundated with “When are they going to fire Sacco?” subject-line emails. GM Greg Sherman is getting just as much heat, or close anyway.
What can I say? It’s an absolute mess again, and people want somebody’s head on a platter. Will they get it? Right now, it’s just unclear what will happen.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Should the Avalanche tank it to get the best shot at the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft?
Publicly, I will say no. Privately? Yes, a thousand times yes.
Don't misunderstand. I am not promoting the throwing of games, of athletes intentionally making bad plays or coaches intentionally benching their best players in key moments of games. That is wrong.
But if I am a general manager of a team whose best hope for better days would come from blue-chip draft picks? Sure, I'd sell off some of my better assets at the trade deadline, write off the rest of this season and "engineer" my team the best way possible to get the first pick. Does that make me unethical? Oh, well. It's sports.
"We had a big meeting two or three days ago, a players-only meeting. We talked about some stuff and I thought we had a good response against Dallas at home (Wednesday). Then we have a day off, then come back and practice, and I thought our practice was just awful. The effort wasn't there. We practiced defensive zone coverage, and guys weren't taking the body and swirling and stuff like that. This is the stuff we have to work on every day. I told a couple of the guys that 'I don't think we'll have a good game today.' It's unacceptable. It's an everyday job. You've got to work hard every day. You've got to be a lot more desperate than that."
-Jean-Sebastine Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to Dallas tonight. More on the game from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.
The Colorado Avalanche won their game against the Dallas Stars late in the 3rd period last night.
Stephane Robidas took a shot off his head near his own goal, the puck dropped down and Chuck Kobasew pounced on the puck and put it behind Lehtonen for the game winner.
Reports are Robidas needed stitches to close a cut and also had his helmet crack from the shot.
Adrain Dater of the Denver Post passed out some NHL awards last night...
Schadenfreude award: If the Avs fall to a lottery team again, maybe they will drag the Detroit Red Wings down with them.
Entering Saturday, the Wings remained outside of the top eight teams in the playoff race, looking ordinary more nights than not lately. Misery loves company, especially when it wears a winged wheel.
Definition of Schadenfreude per Dictionary.com- satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
Scott Cullen has notes on the Maple Leafs' defence, Columbus' goaltending, the top-scoring lines in hockey and money well-spent in Colorado.
THE CONSTANT GARDINER
Leave it to a three-game losing streak and an article doubting that they can maintain their strong start for controversy to find the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jake Gardiner's agent, Ben Hankinson, took to Twitter after Toronto lost 5-2 to Winnipeg Tuesday night, simply posting the hashtag #FreeJakeGardiner. This is hardly a new phenomenon on Twitter. Maybe it's unusual for it to come from the player's agent, but if anyone wants a player to get more playing time or a better opportunity than they are being afforded in their current situation, this meme has been standard fare. For example, #FreeTrevorBauer (referring to the highly-touted former Diamondbacks, current Indians, pitching prospect) got quite a bit of play in baseball circles last summer. The Diamondbacks were ultimately accomodating, apparently, dealing Bauer to Cleveland this past offseason.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, announced today that the team will hold an “NHL Trophy Night” on Sunday, March 24. NHL Trophy Night will give fans the unique opportunity to take personal photos with the League’s trophies, including the Stanley Cup, before and during the game against the Vancouver Canucks.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the fan experience at Pepsi Center,” said Kurt Schwartzkopf, Chief Marketing Officer for the Colorado Avalanche. “We jumped at the chance to work with the League and Hockey Hall of Fame to showcase these great trophies for our fans at the March 24th game against Vancouver.”
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
In the crowded Northwest division, only five points separate the Edmonton Oilers (who are currently in fourth place) and the Minnesota Wild, who, while in first, sit there less than comfortably. One slot higher than the Oilers are the Avalanche, who, like the team from Edmonton, sit near .500 and feel the push to right the ship and succeed now rather than later, which the shortened season doesn’t afford them the opportunity to do.
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