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12 First Round Picks Highlights The Colorado Avalanche Roster

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

“You don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.” —  U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks, preparing his team, a huge underdog against the Soviet Union, at the 1980 Olympics

Unlike the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, the Avalanche unquestionably has enough talent to compete with the world’s best. Based on their 12 first-round draft picks, plus two other players chosen early in the second round, the Avs, on paper, could stack up well against the Russians. But against the rest of the NHL?

This team has talent. The big question is if it’s ready to win now.

Optimism exists because of the 12 new faces on the team from this time a year ago, the high-end young talent and second-year coach Jared Bednar settling in with a hand-picked staff. But understandable skepticism surrounds a team that finished in the NHL cellar last season with a franchise record-low 48 points.


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Nail Yakupov Slotted In the Top Six For The Avalanche

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Yakupov mostly has been playing left wing on a line with Duchene, the center, and rookie Alex Kerfoot.

“That line has been really good in camp. All three of those guys,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “I think they’ve found a little chemistry there. Hopefully that will continue and get better and better.”

When asked if he thinks Yakupov will be used in a top-six forward role to begin the season, Bednar quickly said: “Yes.”

“There’s no doubt that he’s talented. There’s no doubt he has a lot of skill,” Landeskog said of Yakupov. “He had some injuries, some tough seasons, but we’re happy that he’s here. What I’ve seen from him so far, I’m really impressed.”


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Teams Still Showing Interest In Matt Duchene

from TSN,

Matt Duchene's next destination remains a mystery as he spends training camp with the Colorado Avalanche awaiting a trade.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, as many as eight teams have contacted Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic about Duchene, but no deal appears to be close.

Dreger adds that none of the teams who have reached out feel confident they will acquire the centre, who has been on the trade market since February.

The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets are all believed to have reached out over the past few days, according to Dreger.

Duchene was asked on Monday if he would stay with the Avalanche if the team did not trade him before the start of the season and he was non-committal in his answer.

“I’m not looking that far (ahead),” Duchene told the Denver Post. “I’m taking one day at a time.”


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The Ottawa Senators Have Interest In Matt Duchene

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators have done more than kick tires on disgruntled Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene.

Sources say Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of the 26-year-old Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to wait for a trade.

But that doesn’t mean anybody in Ottawa should go out and purchase a jersey with his name on the back. At this point, it’s believed the two sides aren’t close to a deal.


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Video- One Day At A Time For Matt Duchene

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It’s Bad In Colorado

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

There are many reasons for the troubles in Colorado, but clearly since Joe Sakic took over as hockey boss, the Denver-based club has been in sharp and steady decline. Few people in hockey like to write about Sakic’s role in all this, largely because he was one of the great players of his generation and a true gentleman, always quiet and dignified, a player who did his talking by putting pucks in the opposition net.

He’s a nice man, but facts are facts: Since Sakic arrived in 2013, the Avs have gone from 112 points to 90, to 82 and finally to last season’s disastrous 48-point total under a rookie coach, 21 points behind the NHL’s next worst team. The Avs then lost the draft lottery, as well.

If Sakic were running a Canadian-based team, he’d have been fired by now. But Denver is no longer a market that gets the attention it once did, and as a team icon, Sakic gets more runway than most would.

Like Edmonton before saviour Connor McDavid arrived, the Avs have lots of young talent, but most of it seems to be regressing.


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Nikita Zadorov Signs A Two-Year Extension With The Colorado Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a two-year contract through the 2018-19 season.

Zadorov, 22, appeared in 56 games for the Avalanche during the 2016-17 season and led the team with 153 hits despite missing the final 25 contests due to an ankle injury.  The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defenseman finished the campaign with 10 points (0g/10a) and played in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 6 at St. Louis.

“Zadorov is a big, young, physical defenseman who was starting to emerge as one of our top D before his injury last season,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “He’s an important part of our blue line and we expect him to log big minutes this year.  We are excited to have him under contract.”

Selected by Buffalo in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Zadorov was acquired by Colorado on June 26, 2015.  He has skated in 145 career NHL games with the Sabres and Avalanche, notching 28 points (4g/24a) and 140 penalty minutes. 

reports are $2.15M aav

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Trade Matt Duchene Now

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Duchene is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound manifestation of the most dysfunctional team in Denver sports. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic made this mess.

But know what’s really messed up? The same as with many things related to operating a successful franchise, Sakic seems to have zero clue what to do about the festering Duchene situation.

Isn’t it obvious? Duchene must go. The relationship between Matty Ice and the Avs is so frosty it could send shivers down the spine of a whole army of White Walkers from “Game of Thrones.”

Truth be known, Duchene should have been gone in February, when the NHL trade deadline passed with him in a Colorado uniform. It’s no secret he expected to be dealt for desperately needed help on the blue line during the summer.

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Video- Matt Duchene On Being In Camp

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Milan Hejduk’s #23 Going To The Rafters In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization will retire former Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk’s No. 23 jersey on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Hejduk’s No. 23 will be raised to the Pepsi Center rafters prior to the game against the Minnesota Wild, which is now scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck drop.

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