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“What’s made ‘em so good this year is being bad long enough to get really good players. I’m not trying to be a smart—, that’s how you do it in this league now. You get bad enough so you get (Nathan) MacKinnon or these high, high end players. Their top six forwards they put out on the ice are flat-out fun to watch. It’s absolutely scary. Then their third line knows how to play and then they have a fourth line that’s got meat. So, to me, they’ve got a good group and I think they’ve done a really good job giving that team structure, the goaltending plays well, and their back end on the right side is very active. So all in all, they’ve been a real good team and they’re fast. You might have 40 shots and they might have 12, but they only need about 12. They can score. It just flat-out goes in the net for them.”
-Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings on the Colorado Avalanche. More from Babcock and on the Avs from Terry Frei of all Things Avs.
Flames get Avs 2nd round pick this year.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
While the Avs cannot justify importing expensive rentals, as they could in the days of Ray Bourque, Theo Fleury and Rob Blake, neither can they be stuck in the situation of having essentially their own rental player on the roster beyond Wednesday in the form of top players with expiring contracts.
That's where it could get interesting with a player such as Paul Stastny. While the Avs would like to re-sign as many players in the last year of their contracts as they can, Stastny's situation is trickier because of his potential status as an unrestricted free agent July 1.
If the Avs can't reach agreement on a new deal by Wednesday — or lack the confidence they can sign him at some point before July 1 — it is possible Stastny could be traded. The worst of all worlds for the Avs would be to lose a top player such as Stastny for nothing on the unrestricted free-agent market this summer....
The Avs would not comment on any ongoing negotiations with Stastny toward a new contract, and Stastny's agent, Matt Keator, did not respond for comment. If Stastny is dealt, Avs fans can probably expect a young defenseman in return, someone who can play 20-25 minutes per night, someone with time still left on his existing deal or, if not, restricted free-agent status — but not unrestricted.
DENVER – Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk announced today that he is retiring from the game of hockey.
“I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates,” said Hejduk. “I realized my lifelong dream of not only playing in the NHL but winning a Stanley Cup. My family and I are proud to call Denver home and are enjoying our time together.”
Here is the suspension video...
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will have a phone hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a third-period slash on New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen on Saturday night.
Nielsen was skating for a loose puck in the Avalanche's zone when Johnson slashed him on the wrists with 7:54 left in the third period. Johnson was given a two-minute penalty on the play.
added 11:55am, Watch the slash below...
from Pat Pickens of the New York Times,
It was 12:30 p.m. last Thursday, and the Wells Fargo Center’s janitorial staff was mopping the concourses and seating areas before that night’s game between the Flyers and the Colorado Avalanche. A few of the workers noticed a pickup game on the arena’s ice.
Although many team officials would have been using that time to prepare for the game, the Avalanche’s Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic were immersed in a game of shinny with some members of the training staff. Roy, the coach, and Sakic, the executive vice president for hockey operations, could stuff a trophy case with mementos from their Hall of Fame playing careers, yet their competitive spirit and good nature prompted this light moment.
“Joe is on the road trip, so we took advantage of him,” Roy said of the impromptu game. “It is fun. It is also is good to lose a bit of weight and get in better shape.”
Colorado Avalanche press release is below...
“Any time a top-six guy on a team is out of the lineup (rumors) are going to go around. It’s part of the game, but it’s not fun with family and stuff like that. It’s Montreal, too, and everyone was calling me. But I’m trying to block that out and wait for my turn. The team is winning, playing really well and Patty likes his top-six right now. I’ll be patient. I know I belong on the top-six, big-time, I proved it in the past, but sometimes things change in this league pretty quick. We’ll see where this goes.”
-P.A. Parenteau of the Colorado Avalanche on trade rumors between the Avalanche and Canadiens. More from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs.
And I’ll predict that the game will be against the Detroit Red Wings. I mean, the alumni game alone would be an automatic sellout. You want to see Peter Forsberg and Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic suit up against Darren McCarty and Mike Vernon and Kris Draper and all the other hated Wings one last time? Of course you do, and you will buy a ticket to see them one more time, even if some don’t show up. An Avs-Wings alumni game would be just so much fun – and I bet it would be a verycontentious game, which would make it that much more fun.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs where the headline reads "Denver a slam dunk to get NHL outdoor Winter Classic game next year". Dater also refers to the "Outdoor Winter Classic Series" in the story so somewhere along the line there is confusion since I thought Washington was awarded the Winter Classic game for next season.
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