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Peter Mueller Out With Another Concussion

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I just learned some bad news: Peter Mueller is out indefinitely with another concussion. He suffered it late in last night’s game and a diagnosis wasn’t made until today.

I remember Mueller was hit up against the glass in one play, but don’t remember the player from the Kings involved, and I’m not even positive that was how the injury happened. All I know is, he’s out indefinitely.

This is horrible news.

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Turnaround in Tampa Starts at the Top

Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.

Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.

But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.

 

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Peter Mueller Signed By Avalanche

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Peter Mueller agrees to terms with Colorado on a two-year deal, $1.5M and $2.5M.

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Avs Hire Kirk McLean As Goaltending Consultant

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche today confirmed the hiring of Kirk McLean, who won 245 games in an NHL career that spanned 16 seasons, as the team’s goaltending consultant.

McLean, 44, tended goal for New Jersey, Vancouver, Carolina, Florida, and the New York Rangers, and was best known for his nearly 11 full seasons with the Canucks from 1987-88 until his January 1998 trade to the Hurricanes.

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Colorado Signs Chris Stewart

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed restricted free-agent forward Chris Stewart to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.

Stewart, 22, led Colorado with 28 goals and finished second on the team in scoring with 64 points in 77 games last season.  Stewart, who scored 25 of his 28 goals at even strength, also paced the Avalanche in both game-winning goals (5) and shots (221).  The Toronto native was +4 for the season and added 100 hits and 73 penalty minutes.  Stewart went on to lead the Avalanche with three goals (3g/0a) in six playoff games.

“We are pleased to have Chris Stewart under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “Chris was one of our top offensive players last season and we look forward to seeing him build on what he started a year ago.”

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Joe Sakic Not Ready For Full-Time Work

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Yet Sakic, 41, added that a year into retirement, he isn’t ready to serve in a full-time executive role.

“Whatever they need, I’m here,” Sakic said at the Sanctuary Golf Course. “I’ll be able to go to the rinks and give my input, or whatever they want me to do. As an actual job, a title, I’m not really ready for that yet.

“My kids are at such a great age, I want to be home with them, and I’m coaching the boys’ (Chase and Mitchell) hockey and Kamryn, my daughter, is in gymnastics. I’m really enjoying that. I’m watching (the Avalanche) every game, and they know I’m here. I’ll be at the rink once in a while, and if they need anything, I’ll be there for them.

“I know when I’m ready to make that next step and be more committed and be more full time, it’ll be available. But right now, things are going pretty good.”

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Reunion Time For 1996 Colorado Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the 1995-96 Stanley Cup Championship team with a special two-day reunion, Oct. 6-7, launching the 2010-11 Avalanche regular season.

Coaches and players from the 1996 Cup-winning team will be on hand for the 15-year reunion, representing Colorado’s first major professional sports championship.  The reunion will culminate with a pre-game ceremony prior to Colorado’s Opening Night matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Pepsi Center. 

“It should be a very unique event, with members of the first Avalanche team reunited along with the 2010-11 edition,” said Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix.  “That 1996 Stanley Cup team created a winning tradition in a very short period of time, setting the standard for everyone who has ever worn the ‘A’ to follow.”

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Avs Still Below The Cap Floor

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What’s the latest news on the Avs? Do you think they will sign anybody else besides Peter Mueller and Chris Stewart? Would Raffi Torres be a good fit?

It’s July 25 as I write this, and Muller, Stewart or Torres has yet to be signed by the Avs. Mueller and Stewart will be signed at some point, I still believe, because the Avs want them and they still have to spend nearly $8 million just to get to the cap floor of $43.8 million.

Sometimes things just take time. Obviously, there is a difference between the parties right now, and there are never any guarantees what will happen when it comes to contracts. But I believe things will be ironed out before too long.

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Avs Re-Sign Brandon Yip

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Brandon Yip to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.  Yip was a restricted free-agent.

Yip, 25, was recalled by the Avalanche on Dec. 18 of last year and went on to tally 11 goals and 19 points (11g/8a) in 32 games during his rookie campaign.  He finished first among all NHL rookies in goals-per-game at 0.34.  The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right wing also appeared in all six playoff games for Colorado, recording two goals and two assists to rank second on the team in postseason scoring with four points.

“We’re pleased to have Brandon under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “With his energy and style of play, we think he can be a solid player for our team.” 

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Avalanche Sign Pair

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Kyle Quincey and forward Daniel Winnik each to a two-year contract.  Both players were restricted free agents. 

“We are pleased to have Kyle and Daniel under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager / Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “Kyle was a big part of our defense last season and we expect him to continue in that role.  As I stated earlier this week, we are counting on Daniel to be an important part of our team.”

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