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from Gabriel Landeskog at The Players' Tribune,
You know two things for sure when you get suited up to play in the Shark Tank: It’s going to be loud, and it’s going to be physical.
Our game against San Jose in late January 2013 was no exception. Near the end of the first period, I was carrying the puck through the neutral zone when I saw “Jumbo” Joe Thornton coming to clog up the middle of the ice. I curled to the boards to avoid his stick-check, and the puck flipped up on edge. I looked down for a split second to gather it. When I picked my head back up, everything went black.
I just remember hearing the crowd roaring as I slowly got back to my feet. I’d lost my stick in the collision and I couldn’t find it, so I just skated back to the bench as quickly as I could. I didn’t want to give the crowd anything extra to feed on. When I reached the bench, I knew I had got caught pretty good. There was blood pouring from my nose, and I could feel that I had tweaked my knee, too.
When I limped back to the dressing room, my primary concern was actually my knee, not my head. Subconsciously, you know after taking that hard of a hit that something must be wrong with your head.
On trade rumours:
"We're a team that has not been where we want to be the last couple years," he said. "Hopefully we get it back together this year, but if things don't go that way I'm sure they'll be looking to make some big changes.
"All I can do is just prepare myself to help the best I can, first of all, Team Canada win the World Cup and after that the same applies for Colorado."
-Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet.
via Adrian Dater tweets,
Odds appear high arbitration case between Avs and Barrie will actually happen on 29th. No talks between sides lately
When asked if a deal would be struck before the hearing.
I don't think so. I predict two-year, $11.5 million arb deal
Then asked if Barrie would be traded.
No. I honestly see Barrie an Av next two years, minimum
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nathan MacKinnon to a seven-year contract through the 2022-23 season.
MacKinnon, 20, is entering his fourth NHL campaign in 2016-17. He finished third on the Avalanche in scoring this past season with 52 points (21 goals, 31 assists) in 72 games. The 6-foot, 195-pound center led the team in shots (245) and shared the club lead in game-winning goals (6).
“Signing Nathan to a long-term contract was a priority this offseason,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. “He is going to be a key part of our team for many years to come and it was important to secure his rights moving forward.”
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
In the getting-the-band-back-together era here, perhaps some of this goes back to remembering when the Avs were a destination franchise and re-signing prospective unrestricted free agents — at least the ones the Avs wanted to re-sign — was a virtual given. (This isn’t parallel, but a cash-starved Avalanche-Nuggets ownership even found a way to match the New York Rangers’ three-year, front-loaded, $21-million offer sheet to a restricted free agent superstar named Sakic in 1997.) Yes, that all was before the 2004-05 lockout and subsequent implementation of the salary cap changed everything and led to the departures of Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote.
So I’ll concede it’s unfair to go too far back in judging these moves.
But it comes back to this: Especially given the way the Avalanche folded down the stretch, Colorado still is staking an enormous amount of faith in the “core” to make this a better team, largely through natural progression. A Semyon Varlamov return to consistently elite status would be a great start, but the buck (or puck) doesn’t stop there. Has this “core” earned that much trust? No. Not yet.
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche will buy out veteran defenseman Brad Stuart and not replace him or recently traded defenseman Nick Holden with marquee free agent defensemen, general manager Joe Sakic said Monday.
Because of Stuart’s age, 36, his buyout won’t provide salary-cap relief, leaving $3.6 million on the books. But the Avs will save $1.2 million in cash, according to GeneralFanager.com...
Before trading Holden to the New York Rangers on Saturday, Sakic said the Avs won’t make a big splash when free agency begins, and he said that remains the plan after informing Stuart that he will not be with the team next season.
Sakic reiterated his plan to give increased ice time to 21-year-old defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Chris Bigras and offer 2011 first-round draft pick Duncan Siemens “every opportunity to try and make this team.” In addition, the Avs have high hopes for defenseman Eric Gelinas, who was acquired from New Jersey in March.
read on including a contract staus on Nathan MacKinnon...
NEW YORK, June 25, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for their own fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Holden, 29, skated in 82 games with Colorado this past season, registering six goals and 16 assists for 22 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, assists, average ice time (21:52), hits (217), and blocked shots (118). Holden ranked second on Colorado – and led Avalanche defensemen – in hits, ranked third in average shorthanded ice time (2:20) and blocked shots (118), and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. In addition, he was one of five players on Colorado – and one of two Avalanche defensemen – who skated in all of the team’s 82 games in 2015-16.
The 6-4, 210-pounder has skated in 221 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2015-16) with Columbus and Colorado, registering 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points, along with a plus-one rating and 74 penalty minutes. Holden established career-highs in goals (10), assists (15), points (25), and plus/minus rating (plus-12) in 2013-14. In his three seasons with the Avalanche (2013-14 – 2015-16), he led Colorado defensemen in hits (491), and he ranked third among Colorado defensemen in goals (21), assists (40), and points (61).
The St. Albert, Alberta, native was originally signed by Columbus as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2008.
added 3:01pm, Florida release is below...
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