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Laperriere Hopes To Stay In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Negotiations have been ongoing between Ian Laperriere and Avalanche management toward a contract extension. But no agreement has been reached, and Laperriere is aware he could be dealt to another team by the NHL’s March 4 trade deadline if one can’t be made.

But Laperriere made it clear after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes that he wants to finish his career with the Avalanche.

“I don’t want to go anywhere else. But I’ve got no control over that,” said Laperriere, who has had a good season, at plus-2 with seven goals and 17 points. “If I do go somewhere else, I’ll go wherever they tell me to go. It’s a business, and we’ll see what happens in the next couple weeks.”

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Smyth Likes It In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Smyth has a no-trade clause, and made it clear today he does not want to leave Colorado anytime soon.

“It’s a little mind-boggling, obviously,” Smyth said this morning from the Verizon Center, where the Avs play the Washington Capitals tonight. “I’ve got three years left on my deal, and I really like it here. Obviously we’re not doing as well as we should be this year. We’ve lost a few key players who could really help us, but by no means are we out of this playoff race.”

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Theodore Talks Avs

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche will take some shots tonight at its former goalie, Jose Theodore. A day before their game with the Washington Capitals, Theodore took a few preemptive verbal shots at the Avs.

After Thursday’s Capitals practice, Theodore was asked if he misses playing for the Avalanche.

“Look at the position I’m in now and where my game has been for the past two months. I think that pretty much speaks for itself,” Theodore said.

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Sakic Hopes To Return This Season

from Craig Stancher at ColoradAvalanche.com,

Sakic - who underwent successful surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 7 - spoke on a wide range of topics Thursday, including his back injury, the status of his rehabilitation and his drive to get back on the ice.

“We just started rehab this week, so we’re just working on stability right now. After surgery, we haven’t been able to do anything for about six weeks,” said the 20-year NHL veteran. “Just a lot of rest and making sure you don’t move around too much. We just started, but things are progressing.”

While there is no definitive timeline for his return, Sakic’s ultimate goal is to get back on the ice before the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

“For now, it’s still too early for a timetable. I definitely want to be back sometime near the end of the year, give or take a couple of weeks,” said Sakic. “I’m not too sure right now, but as long as rehab keeps working and my back does fine and progresses, hopefully it will be by the end of the year.”

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Liles Out With Hand Injury

via the Denver Post,

Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles will not play in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators and is out indefinitely with a hand injury he suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Avs coach Tony Granato said he hopes to have Liles back by the end of the team’s six-game road trip, which begins Friday night at Washington.

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Expect An Avs Deal In The Next Few Days

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’m not officially on the beat this weekend, but I can pretty much guarantee there will be at least one trade by the Avs in the next few days. The moves will start to happen, folks.

I’ve seen the rumors about Ryan Smyth being on the block, and I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Not in this economic climate, and not with the money and term left on his deal….

But I do think Jordan Leopold will be traded, and maybe Brett Clark and/or Ruslan Salei too. Remember those Jaro Halak rumors I wrote about a couple months ago, too? Don’t be shocked if he still ends up in Denver after all.

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Foote Ready To Join Avs Lineup

from Craig Stancher of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

Defenseman Adam Foote will accompany his teammates on their trip to Detroit and could be available for Sunday’s game against the Red Wings. Following Saturday’s practice at Family Sports Center, Foote proclaimed himself, “ready to go.”

“It’s been awhile,” said Foote, who also mentioned the level of frustration that comes with being sidelined. “There always is when you’re injured, whether your team is winning or going through a lull. That will never change.

“The last couple of games we played with a lot of energy and we deserved better. We didn’t get the two points, but we have to stick with that same game plan.”

more on the Avs…

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Bruins Looking For Dman

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There were four Bruins scouts at the Avs-Wild game the other night, and I know the B’s very thinking seriously about getting a defenseman - most likely Clark, Salei or Leopold. And, I think Svatos has been discussed as well.

Who would the Avs get back? Probably a draft pick or two. When you’re a seller, that’s what you get back. Then you build your team back up to being good enough to be a buyer again, and take your next shot at the Cup.

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Unacceptable Avs

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The anger I’m feeling from you all is palpable. The Burgundy and Blue completed a four-game season sweep in the wrong way to the Columbus Dinner Jackets tonight, a 3-0 whitewash that was humiliating if, for nothing else, it came at the hands of a no-name goalie pressed into service with the recent injury of stud rookie Steve Mason.

The Avalanche’s third-period simply was unacceptable, I’m in agreement. It is unacceptable how this team is just folding whenever it gives up a tough goal on the road in a tight game, and seems to quit after that. It is unacceptable that coach Tony Granato and general manager Francois Giguere continue to trot out this same lineup night after night. It is unacceptable that Tyler Arnason continues to play major minutes, with one goal in his last 42 games.

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Avs Should Be In Sell Mode

Adrain Dater of the Denver Post answers some emails….

what do you think will/should be the Avs’ next move before the upcoming trade deadline?

Try to sell somebody on Darcy Tucker, and get out from under the next year of his contract, at more than $2 million per. Try to sell somebody on Brett Clark and the $3.5 million he’ll make next season. Maybe sell off one of the young prospects like T.J. Hensick and/or Marek Svatos. Try to get a decent goalie for one or all of those guys. Then, go into this offseason with a plan to draft big forwards, guys who can bang and skate and create a little energy. Hensick and Svatos have talent, but get swallowed up a little too easily against bigger teams.

read on for more Q & A…

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