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Liles Has To Be Better

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

“The coaching staff made it known why I was sitting out and what I needed to do,” Liles said. “They wanted more of me. They wanted me to elevate my game, and it’s something that I’m not going to say that I disagree with them. They felt it was the right move to sit me out. You come back, work hard and try to respond. That’s what I was trying to do (Saturday night).”

Liles, 29, has 15 points in 29 games and is a minus-4. Seven of his points have come on the power play (two goals), on which his lack of production probably is most responsible for him landing in coach Joe Sacco’s doghouse.

Sacco had nothing further to add to his assessment of Liles from last week at the time of the defenseman’s benching, other than the coach is looking for a better all-around game and perhaps the intangible of more hunger to succeed.

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Avs Goaltender Anderson Feels Leino Goal Was A High Stick

First the goal…

Anderrson talks about the goal…

 

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Claude Lemieux Is A Good Person

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...here’s an interview with (Claude) Lemieux for the addictive “Q” interview show, out of Toronto, where Lemieux talks about the show, and also about his NHL career some. And, toward the end, he talks about his hit on Kris Draper, and he uses the word “mistake” in what he did. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever heard him say that word.

Lemieux is a good person. He really is. He would cut your heart out to win a hockey game and was easy to hate, but that ultimately was a sign of respect in a lot of ways.

more and you can watch the interview too…

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It’s Only One Game

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What a horrific ending to that one tonight, eh? 52 minutes of shutout hockey against the Anaheim Ducks, finishing with eight minutes of four-goals-against hockey and a dispiriting loss for the boys in Blueberry, heading into the Christmas break.

The thing that makes this loss so much worse for the Avs was that they at least had a point practically guaranteed, even after blowing a 2-0 lead, when the puck was on Kyle Quincey’s stick with 38 seconds left and a couple of good passing options available to him. At the very least, Quincey could have flipped the puck high and killed some clock, but instead he ended up icing the puck, leading to a faceoff in the Avs’ end. That kept the same tired crew on the ice for the Avs, and Ryan Getzlaf ended up beating Craig Anderson about 11 seconds later for the game-winner. Anaheim has a lot of good little set plays off of faceoffs and they cyle the puck extremely well, so a faceoff in their own end was the worst thing that could have happened there.

But I’m not going to get all Grinch here. Let’s raise a toast to an Avs team that enters the Christmas break still in first place in their division. Did anybody predict that would happen?

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Will Avs Fans Show Up?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

So what’s it going to be at the Pepsi Center tonight against Anaheim?  Another 11 grand (really, about 9 grand actually in the building)? Let’s hope not, because there really aren’t too many good excuses anymore not to come out. They’re a first-place team, with some top young players, a team starting to believe in itself a little.

Tickets are out there to be had that are reasonably affordable: 40 bucks or so for a lower bowl seat, 22 or so for an upper bowl seat. Plus, there are deals that get you things like food and beer as part of a ticket.

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Should A Coach Talk About Players From Other Teams?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Probably should have asked this a day or two ago, but got around to asking Joe Sacco this morning his reaction to Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau throwing one of his players, David Koci, verbally under bus last Tuesday night. Boudreau all but called for Koci to be jailed after his hit on Mike Green, and basically said he has no talent and shouldn’t even be in the league.

Here’s what Sacco said at the Xcel Energy Center: “Bruce should just worry about his own players. That’s what I try to do – worry about my own guys. David goes out there and plays hard, and David’s never been suspended. For the role he plays, he’s a clean player and I don’t think he went in there intending to hurt anybody.”

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Enough With The Rumors

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Repeat after me: the Avalanche is not trading Matt Duchene or Ryan O’Reilly. It’s not going to happen. It’s especially not going to happen for a guy like Ilya Kovalchuk or any other guy in the last year of a contract, and the salary demands for his next deal are said to begin at $11 million per year. The Avalanche has played this game before, but they don’t play that game anymore.

They are NOT trading their young, up-and-coming stars for high-dollar guys who may flee after a few months. Won’t happen.

Same goes for a rumored deal of O’Reilly and Wilson and Liles to Philly for Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell and a pick. Won’t happen.

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Koci Should Have Been Suspended

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

David Koci did what he thought he had to do – what he knows he can do well, what they’re paying him a half million dollars to do, what some other plumber would gladly do if given the same chance – and that was hit Mike Green, and hit him hard.

If Koci doesn’t do that, maybe – no, probably – he knows he’s going to hear it from the coaches. It might not be said explicitly, but the point will get across:
You didn’t do your job. You didn’t nail that guy when you had the chance. You eased off, and that’s not what we pay you for.

Koci did what he thought he had to do, and crushed Green into the boards. Except, Green had his back completely turned and Koci had plenty of time to see that and ease up a little as he got within the last four or five feet of him.
Koci knows he’s a huge guy, and skating at full speed, from that far away from Green, he knew, or should have known, what kind of damage he could do to Green. Besides, when a guy’s back is turned completely like that, he should known an automatic boarding penalty would have resulted – and should have known that wouldn’t do his trailing team any good.

That’s why he deserved a suspension for the hit on Green, and I remain completely shocked that he didn’t get one from the NHL today…

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Koci Gets Fined For Hit On Green, No Suspension

from TSN,

A pair of National Hockey League disciplinary hearings has resulted in fines, but not suspensions.

David Koci of the Colorado Avalanche has been fined for his hit on Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green, while Ottawa Senators winger Jarkko Ruutu has been fined for his hit on Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta.

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Koci Didn’t Try To Hurt Green

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talked to David Koci briefly today. He’s sorry for the hit on Washington’s Mike Green. That almost certainly won’t stop a suspension of him from happening by the NHL (they probably won’t hand down a ruling until tomorrow or Saturday), but here’s what he had to say:

continue for the video of Koci saying his “focus was not to hurt someone”...

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