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Avalanche Join A Growing Trend

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Alarmed by already lagging ticket sales and the moribund economy, the Avalanche is one of what could become many NHL teams that are slashing some season-ticket prices for next season and offering other incentives to retain customers.

The Avalanche, a team that once sold out a league-record 487 consecutive games, will not increase prices for any seat next season and is offering some lower-bowl seats at the Pepsi Center for as little as $24.63 per game in 2009-10.

In addition, for the first time, the Avs will allow season-ticket holders to pay in 10 monthly installments. Season-ticket holders who renew by Monday’s deadline will receive other perks such as getting their names inscribed on bricks in front of the arena, first dibs to ickets to certain concerts and a private “Meet the Team” party.

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In Other News

per TSN,,,  Peter Forsberg is in Denver to announce his retirement tonight.

added 1:58pm, TSN just said not true and Tapeleg in the comments confirms.

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No Chance Avs Move Smyth Or Hejduk

E.J. Hradek at a live blog at ESPN,

Another league source with knowledge of the situation in Denver says there’s “no chance” the Avalanche will move Ryan Smyth or Milan Hejduk. We’ll see.

follow the live blog…

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Jordan Leopold to Calgary

Reported on TSN: Colorado Avalanche Jordan Leopold has been traded to Calgary for Lawrence Nycholat, a 2nd round pick and a possible prospect.

More details to come.

Update 11:46am ET: Link now available at TSN.

This will be the 28-year old Leopold’s second tour of duty with the Flames as he played with Calgary between 2002-2006.

Leopold is making $1.5 million this season and is in the final year of his contract, meaning he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Update 11:57am ET: Specifics of the trade from a Sportsnet alert—

Calgary Flames get:
  - D Jordan Leopold
Colorado Avalanche get:
  - D Ryan Wilson
  - D Lawrence Nycholat
  - 2nd round pick (from Montreal)

 

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It Could Be A Slow Day

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talking with a couple of front-office and other official type of people from the NHL today, a picture is starting to emerge about the trade deadline: it could be quiet tomorrow.

Here’s the deal: teams are scared to death about what the salary cap could be reduced to in a couple of years….

That’s why I feel pretty confident that Ryan Smyth won’t be going anywhere tomorrow, at least. And, why you may not see guys like Brett Clark or Ruslan Salei going anywhere. Clark’s and Salei’s contracts extend one more year, but at more than $3 million each.

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How About Ryan Smyth To Vancouver?

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The longer Ryan Smyth remains a Colorado Avalanche before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, the more plausible a case you can make for a trade to Vancouver. (Smyth has a no-trade clause, but hands up if you think “Captain Canada” would reject a back north).

Facing empty seats and a recession, Avalanche GM Francois Giguere needs to slash payroll, and Smyth is a huge ticket over the next three years: $16.5-million (all currency U.S.) with an annual cap hit of $6.25-million (read more on the Denver Post’s excellent Avs blog.

If Giguere requires pure return value for Smyth the Player, than there is no fit with the Canucks. But if Giguere just has to rid himself of Smyth the Contract, than Vancouver becomes a believable destination. (Smyth was traded from Edmonton exactly two years ago Wednesday. Since that deadline deal, the grass has not been greener.)

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Smyth On The Trade Rumors

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

...another trading deadline is approaching — it’s on Wednesday — and Smyth’s name has been tossed out amid indications general manager Francois Giguere at least got the word out that he would at least listen to offers for Smyth. But Smyth has a no-trade clause in his contract, and Sunday he again said neither he not his agent, Don Meehan, had been asked about waiving it.

“It’s just rumors,” Smyth said. “That’s what happens this time of year. I’ve been fortunate enough to have that no-move clause in place, so right now it’s all speculation.”

He said he would be “surprised” if Giguere eventually asks him to waive the no-trade clause.

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Playing GM

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

First off, junk the entire third and fourth lines. Start over with younger guys, guys who are faster. This team needs a lot more speed, especially in the depth areas - that includes penalty-killing.

Second, get another goalie. Let Budaj and Raycroft both go, and just start over. If no stud is available in the draft (or a more palatable veteran alternative at the deadline), sign a Manny Legace or somebody like that this summer, give Tyler Weiman a shot in training camp and try like hell to find a gem with your No. 1 pick in the draft.

Drop the stubborn attitude in certain areas. That includes everything from PR and TV (stop trying to fool the fans with don’t-worry-be-happy BS when everybody knows this team is knee deep in doo doo) to being able to admit you made mistakes in personnel areas.

more from Adrian, including trade talk…

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Wings Show Interest In Laperriere

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

You can take this one to the bank - the ones that aren’t soon to be run by the government, too: The Detroit Red Wings are interested in Ian Laperriere as a deadline rental.

Lappy hoisting the Cup in a Wings uniform this June - how does that sound, Av-Ahaholics?

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Foote Dealing With Playing For Last-Place Team

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

For the first time in Foote’s career with the Avalanche, the bigger names probably will be leaving Denver. Foote, of course, isn’t giving up on this season just yet. There is a game tonight in Newark, N.J., against the Devils, and Foote said he expects a victory. But, yes, the rugged Avs stalwart says, this is a new experience for him as an Av, playing on a last-place team with the calendar nearing March.

“This isn’t fun. But it reveals character. It really does,” Foote said. “You just try to stay focused, stay positive, keep plugging away.”

Trade rumors are flying and will continue to until deadline day. The Avs may be considering trading Jordan Leopold, Ruslan Salei, Brett Clark, Ian Laperriere, Darcy Tucker, Marek Svatos and perhaps even Ryan Smyth.

read on

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