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It’s Bad In Denver

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Only three teams over the last 20 years - including the inaugural Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-2000 - have a worse points percentage than the Avalanche (.292) have compiled this year. Those three teams can at least claim it was harder to rack up points in the 1990s. The league average points percentage this year is an inflated .562 thanks to three-point games.

All of that losing has made it difficult to focus, Colorado centre Nathan MacKinnon said over All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

“We’re pretty fragile, I think,” MacKinnon said. “When you come to the rink and you’re in last place, no one is joking around or having fun … I don’t want to beat up the team too much. We have leads, we’re in a lot of games, then we press the panic button.”

How bad has it been?

The team has one win since the Christmas break. Four wins since U.S. Thanksgiving. The Avalanche have 16 fewer goals than the 29th ranked offence and are tracking toward allowing nearly 120 more goals than they’ve scored over 82 games.


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Video- Brayden McNabb’s Big Hit On Rene Bourque

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

John Mitchell returned to the lineup, replacing Martinsen, and got into an early fight with Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb, who had dumped Rene Bourque with a big check against the boards. Mitchell was assessed an extra minor for instigating and 10-minute misconduct. Bourque was injured on the play and did not return. He recently missed three games with a hip-flexor.

more on the Avs 5-0 loss to the Kings...


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Videos- It’s Been A Tough Year For The Colorado Avalanche

In a 3-2 loss to the Canucks. The videos tell the story...


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Semyon Varlamov May Be Done For The Season

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Asked whether Varlamov could be done for the year, the Avalanche coach responded: “I think that’s a possibility. I don’t like to speculate on that stuff. I don’t know. When the doctors and the trainers and Varly get together, they’ll come up with …”

Bednar paused and changed direction.

“We can’t put him in the net if he’s not, if it’s just going to be temporary, short-term stuff,” Bednar said. “So we have to come up with a way to make sure he’s either playing or he’s doing the right thing so he is put in a position to play a lot of games. We’re not going to know until after the all-star break what we’re doing with him.”...

“I’m saying that’s frustrating for both parties,” Bednar said. “You need your players to be able to play their best. With Varly, you guys know a lot about his history the past couple years. It’s my understanding it’s given him issues at times before. This year, for me, he comes in, he plays a couple of games, he can’t sustain it because his groin is bothering him. He comes back out, he comes back in, he can’t find a rhythm to be successful.”


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The Avs At The Trade Deadline

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Here’s what I think is going to happen: As the March 1 trading deadline approaches, whether that means in the final weeks or the final minutes, the Avalanche will have decent — not great — offers on the table for Duchene and Landeskog.

By “not great,” I mean a package that doesn’t qualify as a mouth-dropping difference maker. A great “offer” is: Did they really offer that? To qualify as great, it would have include an eventual long-term, standout defenseman for the franchise. And more.

I’ve brought this up before, but I feel stronger about it than ever.

Then will come the acid test for Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic.

Does he make an inadequate deal for the sake of making a deal, for the appearance of doing something major to avoid leaving the impression he is fiddling while Rome burns … to the ground?


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Video- Every So Often A Pane Of Glass Breaks And Confusion Reigns

When a guy in a suit gets involved, you know a problem exists.


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The Colorado Avalanche Need Fixing

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"Their D group is not good enough at all,'' a Western Conference coach said via text message on Thursday.

The Avs know that. So Sakic hopes to fix it.

"I just think they will wait until the summer to figure all this out,'' said one Eastern Conference team executive.

That's very possible. There's no urgency for the Avs to make all these deals before the March 1 trade deadline. It may be that their better offers come during the offseason, when the salary cap is less of a constraint for other teams and it's easier to make bigger moves. That's why June has become the month for blockbuster deals around the NHL the last few years.

So the issue for Sakic and the Avs will be how to balance the best offers they get before March 1 with what they believe they might get come June.

The bottom line is that Sakic doesn't have to deal Landeskog, nor Duchene, if teams don't step up and meet his demands.


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Nashville Predators Acquire Cody McLeod From The Colorado Avalanche

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has acquired forward Cody McLeod from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Felix Girard.

McLeod, 32 (6/26/84), has appeared in 659 games over 10 NHL seasons, all with Colorado, amassing 1,359 penalty minutes and 117 points (66g-51a). The Binscarth, Manitoba native has played in 28 games for the Avalanche this season and recorded 52 penalty minutes. He notched his first point of the season on Dec. 31 vs. the Rangers with a goal at 1:59 of the first period.

Originally signed by Colorado in 2006 as an undrafted free agent, McLeod has recorded eight fighting majors this season, fourth-most in the NHL. He led the League in fighting majors in 2015-16 with 12. 

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Afternoon Line- Adrian Dater On The Colorado Avalanche

Something is rotten to the core. Much ado has been made about said core of the Avs, the under-30 group of multi-millionaires that includes Matt Duchene, Gabe Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie, Semyon Varlamov and Erik Johnson. They are players that most any GM in the league would be very interested in having. For whatever reason, though, this core group has a chemistry akin to the room full of watery trash in the first Star Wars movie. It’s a toxic stew, all right.

-Adrian Dater on the Colorado Avalanche.  Read more on the Avs from Dater at WoodyPaige.com.

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Focused Trade Rumors Regarding The Colorado Avalanche

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

During an appearance last Friday on Buffalo's WGR 550, TSN analyst Darren Dreger said GM Joe Sakic is going to have to do something to improve his club's culture. Dreger notes core players such as left winger Gabriel Landeskog or center Matt Duchene are the subject of trade speculation.

Dreger's colleague Bob McKenzie told Toronto's TSN 1050 he thinks there's a sense of urgency for the Avalanche to change something. If Sakic moves a core player, McKenzie cautions he must ensure he gets a good return. Of those players, McKenzie doubts they'll move the 21-year-old MacKinnon, who signed a seven-year, $44.1-million contract last summer.

Duchene could attract the most interest among rival GMs. Last season, he reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time. With 12 goals in 30 games this season, he's on pace to do it again. ESPN.com's Craig Custance includes the center on his “All-Trade-Candidates” team. Noting the Avs need for an impact defenseman and the Carolina Hurricanes' depth in good, young blueliners, Custance suggests Duchene could be a fit there. 

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