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Questions Facing The Colorado Avalanche

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

Did the Avalanche do enough to improve their weakest link? -- Colorado's defense allowed 40-plus shots on goal in 10 games and between 35 and 39 shots in 18 others. The Avalanche added a much-needed physical presence in Brad Stuart, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a sixth-round selection in 2017. He'll be paired with Erik Johnson, whose 39 points matched a career high.

Colorado signed Zach Redmond to a two-year, $1.5 million contract, believing he has the potential to develop the way Nick Holden did last season. Holden, who played in seven NHL games in five previous professional seasons, blossomed into a top-four role. He played a physical style and had 10 goals and a plus-12 rating in 54 games. Redmond, 25, played in 18 games with the Winnipeg Jets in four years with the organization. The Avalanche have yet to re-sign restricted free agent Tyson Barrie, who is expected to be fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Can Vezina Trophy finalist Semyon Varlamov build off last season, and will Reto Berra be a capable backup? -- Varlamov's work with goalie coach Francois Allaire worked wonders for his game and his confidence, and he should be entering the prime of his career at age 26. The Avalanche think so, having signed him to a five-year, $29.5 million contract extension that begins this season.

Berra, who replaces Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the No. 2 goalie, remains a question mark. He had an 0-1-1 record in two starts with a 5.83 goals-against average and .781 save percentage after the Avalanche acquired him March 5 from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2014 draft. Colorado signed Berra to a three-year, $4.35 million contract and is hopeful Allaire's magic will pay off the way it did with Varlamov.

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It’s All About The Money Between Ryan Johansen And The Blue Jackets

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The two sides were believed to be at least $3 million apart per season on a two-year deal at that point, and it doesn't appear that much progress has been made.

Asked this weekend if they were still far apart, one of the interested parties responded via text: "Hectares."

For those metric users, that's 10,000 square meters. For non-metric users, that's 2.47 acres. For those non-math types, that's a big ol' gap.

There are less than seven weeks before training camp begins on Sept. 18. Johansen has said he plans to return to Columbus in mid- to late August after spending the summer back home in British Columbia.

There is plenty of time for the two sides to get a deal done, but the dance goes on.

After caving on the his "term" demands -- Johansen initially wanted a four-year deal, calling a two- or three-year bridge contract a slap in the face -- one can surmise that Overhardt and Johansen are more dug-in on their salary demands.

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Homer Hockey Play-By-Play Men

from Luke Winkie of Extra Mustard at Sports Illustrated,

MIKE HAYNES, Colorado Avalanche

Listen to how excited this grown man gets when a player on the Colorado Avalanche beats up a player on the Chicago Blackhawks. I mean, it's Doug Gilmour so I get it BUT STIILL. I don’t know much about Mike Haynes, but what I do know is that he shouted “HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES” to an opposing hockey team. That will live on forever.

JACK EDWARDS, Boston Bruins

Look, we don’t want to harp on Boston too much, but it’s really hard to write a list about homer broadcasters without returning to Beantown fairly regularly. I love Jack Edwards, he’s got that old stony voice that tends to elevate the viciousness of hockey, and I love that he wages all-out verbal warfare against the Canadiens every time they play the Bruins. It's fairly clear that Jack Edwards likely has never met a French-Canadian he didn’t want to punch in the face.

read on for a video on each plus other non-hockey homer announcers....

thanks to Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated for the pointer

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Ryan O’Reilly Avoids Arbitration, Agrees To A Two-Year Deal

added 10:47am,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the team has signed forward Ryan O’Reilly to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 season, avoiding arbitration.

"We are pleased to have Ryan under contract," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. "We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement."

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It Just Wasn’t Fair

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Sharp-eyed watchers of this blog might have wondered why I took down a blog I posted last night, which was titled “Avs fans starting to grumble about O’Reilly money squabbles.” The first part of the blog was an email to me from a fan who thought Avs ownership was “cheap” over the latest Ryan O’Reilly contract standoff.

Some people around the Avs didn’t like it, not one bit. Normally, that would go in one ear and out the other with me. As long as what I think was under my name was fair, too bad if they don’t like it.

But after thinking it over more, I realized that it wasn’t quite fair, having just one email from one fan with such a sweeping generalization about this particular subject. So, I took it down on my own. Nobody forced me to.

It wasn’t fair, because I didn’t include enough of a factual counterpoint to the charge that the Kroenkes are getting all cheap again, now that Paul Stastny has left and O’Reilly might be out the door soon in trade because they won’t meet his salary desires.

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To read a part of the blog which was removed, go here....

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Fed Up In Denver

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’m getting more and more of these kinds of emails, just so Avalanche management knows:

Adrian:
I am a beyond huge Avs fan, and enjoy your articles on the team. This ongoing war (and sadly, mostly to the Avs fault that it is now a war) between O’Reilly and the team is sickening me, mostly because it was avoidable. Like you mentioned, the Avs could have taken care of this during the season, as they also could have done with Statsny, by signing him then.

There are two kinds of owners in professional sports: Those who are out to make a profit at all costs, or those who are trying to win a championship. Sadly, we clearly know which camp the Kroenke family is in. I can see owners who do not have deep pockets trying to save money because they do not have a lot to spend in the first place (i.e. Kansas City Royals, Buffalo Bills, etc.), but the Kroenke family has untold billions of dollars. Yet, they have this ridiculous cost-containment policy towards the Avs, and this will all but guarantee that they will not be winning a Stanley Cup anytime soon.

continued which includes a note from another fan with the opposite view...

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Afternoon Line

Maybe there is still time to patch up the relationship between O’Reilly and his current employers. And to be sure, Colorado still has enough elite talent in its system to survive the loss of O’Reilly if it happens. However, in a league where the reputation of how a team treats players does matter, the Avalanche are doing themselves more harm than good by picking a fight with a youngster who’s delivered on everything that’s been asked of him.

There are positives to drawing lines in the sand as Colorado is doing with O’Reilly. But that line might also represent the limits of how far the Avalanche can progress by repeatedly testing the loyalty of their best young players.

-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News where you can read more on this topic...

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Ryan O’Reilly Asking For $6.75M In Arbitration

Arbitration hearing is this Wednesday.

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Morning Line

“We’ve got two good lines that we feel like he’ll complement either one — whichever one (Head Coach Patrick Roy) wants to put him with. And really with that power play and in front of the net he’s still got a great shot. And that leadership — you can’t have enough leadership in the dressing room and he’s definitely going to bring that.”

“Our core guys are young and we try to surround them with great veteran leadership that can help them get to the next level.” 

-Joe Sakic, President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche on Jarmome Iginla, via CBSDenver.

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Colorado Avalanche/Ryan O’Reilly Preparing For Arbitration

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Wednesday in some office room in Toronto, the Avalanche will face off against Ryan O’Reilly, pun intended.

It really does look like they are going to arbitration, folks. No last-minute settlement – as often happens between player and team right before an arbitration date – is likely. Both sides in this matter don’t like it when I say there is “bad blood” between the two sides, that this is all just business and nothing more.

But I wasn’t born yesterday. If they don’t like “bad blood”, how about “perceived differences in value that has gotten a bit personal.”

The Avs didn’t like it when I wrote in the middle of last season that, hey, why not get something done with Ryan O’Reilly long-term right now, why risk going into the summer without a new deal between them and O’Reilly and potentially have things go sideways like they did before and during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season? The Avs told me that things were good between them and O’Reilly, and that they had peacefully agreed to postpone serious talks until the summer — and gave me the indication that it would be a foregone conclusion that a new, long-term deal would happen.

Silly, gullible me. Because, here we are on July 18, with no long-term contract between Ryan O’Reilly and the Avalanche. 

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