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from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
I will soon take a picture of Ryan O’Reilly’s stick and post in this blog. Long story short: his specially made twigs have a hook at the toe, creating a gutter-like affect that helps him make spin-move shots. That’s partly why he was able to score his sensational OT goal tonight against the Los Angeles Kings to complete a 4-3 come-from-behind preseason win at the Pepsi Center. While on the PK in a 4-on-3 shorthanded situation, O’Reilly blocked a shot from the point (or was it defenseman Nick Holden, who was credited with an assist?) and, instead of just dumping the puck down the ice, he saw that the Kings’ point player — Slava Voynov — was tired and probably didn’t want to defend.
A time lapse video showing the installation of the huge Pepsi Vision scoreboard at the Pepsi Center.
Enjoy while I have a Coke.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
There's absolutely no doubt Roy is serious about bringing the Stanley Cup back to Colorado. While it might be easy to rest on his Hall of Fame reputation, Roy works his tail off. The rookie Colorado coach also isn't afraid to mess with the status quo, as evidenced by Roy's willingness to quickly shuffle personnel, already replacing P.A. Parenteau with Steve Downie to play on a top line alongside Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly.
But over the grind of a long NHL season, can Roy keep his cool and maintain patience with a franchise relearning how to win? Can he deal with the inevitable second-guessing that shadows all coaches? What happens when a knucklehead like me dares to question the moves of St. Patrick, who won 551 regular-season games and four NHL championships as a goaltender?
"You have been my No. 1 fan in Denver. I'd be surprised if such a thing happens. You have been protecting me every day of my playing career," a laughing Roy told me shortly after he was named coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche in May.
"If you criticize me as a coach, then I'm going to swallow it, no problem. But make sure you come to see me at the office the next day. I won't be mad. At least I hope not."
from Ray Sadowski at NHL.com,
Patrick Roy was relaxing at a local coffee shop recently when a stranger entered, spotted him sitting at a table by himself and dropped by to say hello.
"Hey, coach, how are you doing today?'" Roy related Wednesday. "I was like, 'Oh, yeah, that's me.'"
Call it the dawn of a new era for the Colorado Avalanche, a franchise that has fallen on hard times and is attempting to return to elite status under the leadership of two former stars: Joe Sakic, executive vice president of hockey operations, and Roy, who in May was named vice president of hockey operations and coach.
"Quite frankly, I'm a little nervous, but at the same time very excited about it," Roy said Wednesday in Pepsi Center at his first training camp as an NHL coach. "It's a great challenge ahead of us. I can say one thing to you, I have quality people around me. You're always afraid you're missing some stuff here and there, but the staff that we have here are working so hard and I really feel we are ready for this training camp."
continued and as you can see below, the glitch of embedding NHL videos has been fixed so you can watch Roy's media conference from yesterday.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
During the past week, rumors began rumbling throughout the league that a Miller-for-Stastny deal makes sense.
Well, duh. Both Miller and Stastny are scheduled to be free agents after this season. Why delay, when it's probably time for both players to move on?
Patrick Roy will be great on the bench for Colorado. But he can't play goalie.
Hey, Joe Sakic. Want to make a mark as a front-office executive? No more wait until next year. We want to see the Avs in the playoffs this season.
Go get Roy what he needs to get the job done.
Go get Miller.
Chris Simpson of Sportsnet talks with Nathan MacKinnon,
from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has agreed to terms with captain Gabriel Landeskog on a seven-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
"Gabe is and will continue to be a large part of the foundation of this hockey team for many years to come," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “Signing our captain to a long-term extension demonstrates the commitment of Stan and Josh Kroenke to this franchise and to our fan base. In just two seasons, Gabe has already proven to be a great asset to our organization both on and off the ice. The fact that he has agreed to a long-term deal shows that he believes in this team, his teammates and the direction of this franchise moving forward."
"I would like to thank the Kroenke family and the entire Avalanche organization for their trust and belief in me,”Landeskog said. “I love Colorado and I love being a part of this wonderful community. There is no other place I’d rather be than in Denver wearing the Avalanche logo. I am looking forward to training camp and the upcoming season.”
Translated... Landeskpgs contract is worth 39 million dollars, more than a quarter of a billion Swedish kronor. It provides a wage ceiling hit on just over 5.5 million/sea.
from Terry Frei at All Things Avs,
After the Avalanche officially retires Adam Foote’s No. 52 on Nov. 2, there will be only one number from the franchise’s glory years that is deserving of the rafters treatment.
Milan Hejduk’s No. 23.
Then there will be, and should be, a long hiatus until a member of the next, young wave — whether Matt Duchene, Gabe Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon or someone else — becomes a bona fide candidate for the honor.
DENVER – This fall, Pepsi Center will drastically enhance its in-arena fan experience with the installation of a next-generation video scoreboard and sound system that will raise the bar for all other indoor arenas. The new video board is the largest of its kind in the world and will provide patrons an unparalleled view of the action at Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Mammoth home games, as well as all other Pepsi Center sporting events.
The new scoreboard is the crown jewel of a continued arena-wide improvement project that began in 2012 with the installation of over 300 new HD flat panel screens throughout the concourses; restaurants and suites; upgraded seating in the lower and club levels; the new Land Rover Denver Club and the addition of four ancillary LED display boards in each of the four corners of the upper level.
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