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Afternoon Line- Ryan O’Reilly

“It’s surprising, they have a lot of great players over there and a good team. You just see, I guess, a lot of bad bounces. I haven’t watched them too much, but to see them that low in the standings, it’s surprising. I think those years happen. I don’t know enough of what’s going on. It’s unfortunate for them.”

-Ryan O'Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres on his former team, the Coiorado Avalanche.  Terry Frei of the Denver Post has more from O'Reilly.

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Are The Boston Bruins And Colorado Avalanche Talking About A Deal?

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

For most of Sunday’s 18-minute second intermission, the Bruins general manager spoke to Colorado counterpart Joe Sakic in Section N24 of TD Garden’s press box. It’s unlikely they were comparing powder conditions between Boston and Denver. 

Colorado’s season is over. On Sunday, while Sakic was in Boston, his team was in Brooklyn, losing to the Islanders by a 5-1 score. The Avalanche have mastered losing, just like ex-coach Patrick Roy had foreseen when he stepped away and said no thanks to flogging himself behind the Colorado bench in 2016-17.

Sakic, credentialed to be at the Garden alongside assistant GM Chris MacFarland and amateur scout Neil Shea, is the steward of the worst team in the league. The Avalanche have 32 points, putting them 28 out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference....

If the Bruins want to play big-name ball, it will cost them the standard package of young player, prospect, and pick. Players such as Ryan Spooner, Frank Vatrano, Peter Cehlarik, and Colin Miller are not likely to raise Sakic’s eyebrows when it comes to a significant deal. 

Brandon Carlo, however, is a different story.

The Avalanche have some blue-line pieces in Tyson Barrie, Erik Johnson, Francois Beauchemin, and Nikita Zadorov. But part of the reason they’ve allowed a league-high 3.4 goals per game is because the defense remains under construction. Of all the areas they’d like to rebuild, the blue line is the Avalanche’s priority. Carlo would be squarely in their crosshairs.

Carlo is from Colorado Springs. But making a push for a hometown player is not the primary motivation behind Colorado’s interest.  


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Rangers-Avalanche Is This Week’s Most Expensive NHL Game

By Tim Dolan,

Business is booming at Madison Square Garden, and resale ticket prices are showing it. With the Rangers skating their way into the playoff picture despite an up-and-down first half, their Saturday night showdown with the Avalanche will be the top-priced gameof the week. The Maple Leafs, Capitals and Wild also appear on this week’s top games list courtesy of search engine TicketIQ. Check out the complete list below:

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Video- Nikita Zadorov’s Huge Hit On Mark Scheifele

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Nikita Zadorov crushes Winnipeg Jets star Mark Scheifele with a huge hit sparking some fists of fury among some players.


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Jarome Iginla Open To A Trade

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

“We’ve touched base about it,” Iginla said Friday. “As it gets closer, I imagine we’ll talk more about what he sees, what opportunities are there. It’s not bailing. It’s not that I said, ‘I want out,’ or anything. It’s just being realistic. Now we’re in the last month before the trade deadline. I’m saying if it works for the team and they’re going to get something, hopefully, it works for me if I’m going to have a chance to be part of the playoffs. I don’t know how much longer I have.”

The Avalanche is 4-24-2 in its last 30 games heading into a Saturday afternoon home game against Winnipeg. The tension is palpable, the disappointment evident. This is a team emotionally steamrolled, and this is a season to be forgotten — if it ever can be.

“We’re going to be a rebuilding team, there’s no question,” Iginla said. “They’re going to try and move guys at the deadline to get whatever draft picks they can. I’ve seen that for however long I’ve been in the league. It’s just the nature of the game. I think it makes sense for the team to do that.”


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It’s Bad In Denver

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Only three teams over the last 20 years - including the inaugural Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-2000 - have a worse points percentage than the Avalanche (.292) have compiled this year. Those three teams can at least claim it was harder to rack up points in the 1990s. The league average points percentage this year is an inflated .562 thanks to three-point games.

All of that losing has made it difficult to focus, Colorado centre Nathan MacKinnon said over All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

“We’re pretty fragile, I think,” MacKinnon said. “When you come to the rink and you’re in last place, no one is joking around or having fun … I don’t want to beat up the team too much. We have leads, we’re in a lot of games, then we press the panic button.”

How bad has it been?

The team has one win since the Christmas break. Four wins since U.S. Thanksgiving. The Avalanche have 16 fewer goals than the 29th ranked offence and are tracking toward allowing nearly 120 more goals than they’ve scored over 82 games.


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Video- Brayden McNabb’s Big Hit On Rene Bourque

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

John Mitchell returned to the lineup, replacing Martinsen, and got into an early fight with Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb, who had dumped Rene Bourque with a big check against the boards. Mitchell was assessed an extra minor for instigating and 10-minute misconduct. Bourque was injured on the play and did not return. He recently missed three games with a hip-flexor.

more on the Avs 5-0 loss to the Kings...


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Videos- It’s Been A Tough Year For The Colorado Avalanche

In a 3-2 loss to the Canucks. The videos tell the story...


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Semyon Varlamov May Be Done For The Season

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Asked whether Varlamov could be done for the year, the Avalanche coach responded: “I think that’s a possibility. I don’t like to speculate on that stuff. I don’t know. When the doctors and the trainers and Varly get together, they’ll come up with …”

Bednar paused and changed direction.

“We can’t put him in the net if he’s not, if it’s just going to be temporary, short-term stuff,” Bednar said. “So we have to come up with a way to make sure he’s either playing or he’s doing the right thing so he is put in a position to play a lot of games. We’re not going to know until after the all-star break what we’re doing with him.”...

“I’m saying that’s frustrating for both parties,” Bednar said. “You need your players to be able to play their best. With Varly, you guys know a lot about his history the past couple years. It’s my understanding it’s given him issues at times before. This year, for me, he comes in, he plays a couple of games, he can’t sustain it because his groin is bothering him. He comes back out, he comes back in, he can’t find a rhythm to be successful.”


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The Avs At The Trade Deadline

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Here’s what I think is going to happen: As the March 1 trading deadline approaches, whether that means in the final weeks or the final minutes, the Avalanche will have decent — not great — offers on the table for Duchene and Landeskog.

By “not great,” I mean a package that doesn’t qualify as a mouth-dropping difference maker. A great “offer” is: Did they really offer that? To qualify as great, it would have include an eventual long-term, standout defenseman for the franchise. And more.

I’ve brought this up before, but I feel stronger about it than ever.

Then will come the acid test for Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic.

Does he make an inadequate deal for the sake of making a deal, for the appearance of doing something major to avoid leaving the impression he is fiddling while Rome burns … to the ground?


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