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Sounds Like Patrick Roy Has A Confidence Issue With Reto Berra

from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,

The Avalanche on Sunday dropped rookie goalie Calvin Pickard back to the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters. It was an expected move — Colorado coach Patrick Roy had said it was coming at some point. But it still caused some consternation....

But Pickard’s rise did raise some serious questions — mainly about Colorado’s backup goalie Reto Berra. It was (maybe is) a legitimate goalie controversy.

The Avs reached to get Berra at last season’s trade deadline, then gave him a three-year, $4.35-million contract extension nine days later....

And Roy on Sunday was not treating Berra with kid gloves.

“Unfortunately, this is the business we’re in,” Roy said. “We’re in the business where we need to win hockey games. There was a guy (Pickard) who came in and played hard for us. (Berra) is lucky today that Pickard is not 25- or 26-years-old.”

What Roy means, it seems, is that if Pickard were already further along in his development and making a bigger salary, that Berra might have been replaced by Pickard. Instead, Roy and Sakic decided that Pickard needed the regularity of games in the AHL instead of the bench spot Berra occupies.


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The Bad Trades In 2014

from Scott Lewis of Sportsnet,

- Defenceman Andrew MacDonald was something of a punchline for the analytics set when he was with the Islanders. Without Travis Hamonic on the ice with, MacDonald was a one-way door for shot attempts. Still, with free agent status looming in the summer ahead, prevailing thought had MacDonald getting paid.

The Philadelphia Flyers saw MacDonald as an upgrade to their defence corp, so they sent two draft picks to the Islanders and planned on signing the 28-year old to a long-term deal.

The Flyers rewarded MacDonald with a six-year, $30 million contract shortly after acquiring him.

MacDonald and his defence partner Luke Schenn combine to make $8.6 million, annually. Try and find a more porous pairing in that price range.

- The Colorado Avalanche sent two years of P.A. Parenteau at $4 million per to the Montreal Canadiens for one year of Daniel Briere at the same price.

The trouble with this move for the Avalanche is that Parenteau is still a very useful and effective player who’s 31-years old. Briere is a 37-year old, one-dimensional player who’s not really worthy of a regular spot in an NHL lineup anymore.

Parenteau currently shades on the positive side of the puck possession spectrum and has played the bulk of his even-strength minutes on a line with Max Pacioretty in Montreal. Briere has found himself in the pressbox on occasion in Denver.

more 'bad' trades...

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Paul Stastny Returns To Colorado

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Paul Stastny was greeted by a throng of reporters in front of his stall in the Blues dressing room at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, the next step in his Colorado homecoming.

While it's the second time the Blues have played Colorado this season, it's the first time Stastny has faced them. He missed the first meeting with a shoulder injury.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has seen similar situations before and knows it's not going to be an easy day for the center.

"I think it's really uncomfortable for players," Hitchcock said. "I think you have a very difficult time. You need the first one in the books. It's unfortunate the first time, he was hurt. That could have made this one easier. I think he just has to go through it and be better for it when we finish the game and get on the bus and get back to St. Louis. I think it's a very difficult challenge for somebody who was an impact player on a good hockey club. I think it's going to be really difficult for him."


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Video- Captain On Captain Fight, Andrew Ladd And Gabriel Landeskog

from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,

“I’m very proud of our captain, the fight that he had,” Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. “I’m not saying it was for fighting. But he showed a lot of character out there. And we cannot lose a game where your captain does that. We have to find a way to win.”

more on the fight...

First the Winnipeg broadcast...



Below, the Colorado broadcast...

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  Tags: andrew+ladd, gabriel+landeskog

Morning Line- Nick Foligno

“What can you say? Look what (Bobrovsky) did tonight. The saves and the poise – he’s our leader back there. When he’s playing like that, we feel so confident. We don’t want to make mistakes, but when we do he’s there to back us up. We have full confidence in him knowing he is such a competitor.”

-Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets on goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.  More on the suddenly hot (five game winning streak) from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers.

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It’s Tough In Denver Right Now

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Colorado is injury-plagued, with six third- and fourth-line forwards out of the lineup. But the six who make up the top two lines are intact and couldn't get it done in front of Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.

"We didn't have nearly enough. We have to generate more," Avs center Matt Duchene said. " 'Picks' gave us a chance to win. We gave ourselves a chance to win by the way we played defensively and how we penalty killed. The goose egg is on the board for a reason. It's tough right now. That's a game that takes the wind out of your sails."

The Avs hit iron beside Rinne three times, but didn't have enough bodies around the Predators' goalie at other times.

With Pickard pulled for a sixth attacker during a stretch late in regulation, Gabriel Bourque and James Neal scored empty-net goals to clinch it for the visitors.

The Avs only generated 15 shots after two periods.

more on the game...

Even a players only meeting earlier this week didn't help.

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Semyon Varlamov Has A “Groin Problem”

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Following the morning skate Tuesday, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said goalie Semyon Varlamov would miss a "couple weeks" after an MRI detected a "groin problem" on Monday.

"That's all I can say for now," Roy added.

Rookie Calvin Pickard will start Tuesday night against the visiting Nashville Predators after being called up from the minors Monday, shortly after practice when Varlamov injured his groin for the third time this season.


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A History Of Bad Drafting by The Colorado Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avs, in fact, have just six of their own draft picks on the roster, and only two selected outside the first round: forward Ryan O'Reilly (second round, 2009) and defenseman Tyson Barrie (third, 2009). The other Colorado-drafted players are top-three overall picks Matt Duchene (2009), Gabe Landeskog (2011) and Nathan MacKinnon (2013) — who were tabbed as future stars before their drafts — plus Alex Tanguay (1998), who has played for three other teams before returning to the Avs.

Which explains why Sakic and Roy recently fired head amateur scout Rick Pracey after a summer's worth of adding depth free agents to stock the big-league roster as well as their minor-league affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. The Avs declined to address Pracey's firing, but his poor draft results outside the no-brainer top-three picks and the O'Reilly and Barrie selections wholeheartedly support the move.

Fact is, the only mid- or late-round Colorado pick to make a dent with the Avs was 2008 fifth-rounder Mark Olver, who is now playing in Russia at age 26. That's a small dent. And even some of the premier picks haven't panned out. Former first-rounders Joey Hishon (2010) and Duncan Siemens (2011) appear to be mistakes, and second-rounders Cameron Guance and Peter Delmas ( both 2008), Stefan Elliott (2009) and Mitchell Heard (2012) are shaping up similarly.

more with a comparison between the Avs and Oilers when it comes to the draft...

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Colorado Avalanche Players React To 6-2 To The Winnipeg Jets

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

What was a 2-1 game late in the second period quickly turned into a fight-marred third period between the Central Division rivals who will meet again Thursday night in Denver. The Jets scored late in the second period and twice early in the third period to chase Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov, who allowed five goals on 30 shots.

"We just got outplayed from puck drop to final buzzer tonight by a team that's ahead of us. They just wanted it more than us, I guess. I don't know why," said Avalanche center Matt Duchene. "At some point we have to be men about this and realize it's not like baseball, where there is 162 games. We're almost at 30 now, halfway through, and we have to figure it out fast."...

"We go into the third and we're still feeling good and our line, we have an (awful) first shift and they score two on us right away and all of a sudden it's 5-1. It's unacceptable," said Avs captain Gabe Landeskog. "We're all going to need to dig a heck of a lot deeper than this because this is not good enough, what's happening now. We all want this so bad, and we're all working, but we're all in different directions right now. We're not working together."

more on the game...

Below, watch some of the 'chippy' play from the 3rd period...

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