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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.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nathan MacKinnon to a three-year, entry-level contract.
"We are happy to have Nathan under contract and anxious to see him at training camp," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. "His presence will bring additional speed and talent to our team, as well as a lot of excitement to our fans."
MacKinnon, 17, was the first overall selection at the 2013 NHL Draft on June 30 in Newark, N.J. He is the first player to be selected No.1 overall by the Avalanche since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. The Avalanche/Nordiques franchise had drafted first overall on three previous occasions: 1989 (Mats Sundin), 1990 (Owen Nolan) and 1991 (Eric Lindros).
"The signing of this first NHL contract represents for me another step towards becoming a professional hockey player," MacKinnon said. "I am excited and thrilled to have been drafted by the Avalanche, and I am already working very hard in order to be ready physically and mentally for training camp."
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche is going to rue the day it passed on the chance to draft Seth Jones. I couldn't shake that feeling Sunday after attending the team's NHL draft watch gathering at Chopper's Sports Grill. Chopper Travaglini — the legendary former Nuggets trainer who died in 1999 — indirectly helped convince me. His picture hangs inside the restaurant named after him.
After the Avalanche claimed Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall choice in Newark, N.J., I could see Chopper, gravelly voiced even when healthy, squinting and saying, as he often did, "Something here just doesn't feel right."
Something here just doesn't feel right.
For nearly a year, Jones — the American-born defenseman for major junior's Portland Winterhawks — was built up as the likely No. 1 overall choice in 2013. The comparisons flowed in, to Nick Lidstrom, to Chris Pronger, to more. Jones was poised beyond his years, he controlled games, he was an NHL great waiting to happen. And the kicker: He came with a greatstorythat was tied to Denver and to both the Nuggets and Avalanche.
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
On Sunday afternoon, The Wizard of Wah, Patrick Roy, returns to action for the Avs for the first time since retiring as a player 10 years ago.
Coach Roy will join with fellow Hall of Famer, former Stanley Cup teammate and Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic to make the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft and make the Avalanche relevant again.
Don't mess it up, Joey and Patty.
Just go with Nathan "Kid Magnificent" MacKinnon.
Roy is on the clock.
"I know I will get fired someday," Roy, who has never minced meat or words, told me.
What? How about if you win the Stanley Cup and retire?
Calgary, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich.
“This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger.” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We like the fact that Jones plays a north-south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right hand shot. O’Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization.”
via Avalanche release on the trade...
“We are excited to have Alex back with the organization,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “He is coming off a solid season and his experience will be beneficial to our young players. Cory is a veteran defenseman who will help our back end.”
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