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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.

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Dater Talking Rumors

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Lots of rumors flying around tonight. I don’t normally indulge in a lot of “Let’s make up a bunch and hope one of them sticks, then go around claiming we’re a good reporter, while ignoring the 99 we got wrong” type of stuff like many others do. But, hey, it’s getting near deadline time, so let’s trot out a couple I’ve been hearing tonight:

Rumor is the Avs are going to be involved a big, multi-player deal involving an eastern team real soon. Boston or Pittsburgh are the runaway favorite teams said to be likely to be involved. I still can’t get rid of my Chris Drury itch, either. I know that Francois Giguere loves him. But as much I love Drury, too, it’s probably not a great deal for a team like the Avs right now. And I doubt Drury would OK any deal out of New York. But I still rumor-monger about him a bit, I’ll admit.

Could Jordan Staal become an Av? Could be. Could Ryan Whitney? Could be. Could Manny Fernandez? Could be. Could a couple of first-round picks be coming Colorado’s way, along with any of the above players, for someone like Ryan Smyth and/or Jordan Leopold? Could be….

*Update:
Now, some of the folks who were hot on the above rumors are backing off them quite a bit. See how much fun this is, folks? Trying to figure out what hockey GMs will do - basically a giant guessing game.

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Colorado Activates Stastny

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has activated forward Paul Stastny from the Injured Reserve list. He is expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s game in Atlanta against the Thrashers (5:00 p.m. MT, Altitude TV).

Stastny has missed the last 26 games after suffering a broken forearm while blocking a shot against Phoenix on Dec. 23 at Pepsi Center.  He underwent surgery on Dec. 30.  The 23-year-old center was leading the Avalanche in scoring at the time of his injury with 31 points (10g/21a) in 34 games.

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Avs Morning Skate Cancelled - No Ice

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Hello from the ATL, where the Avalanche was supposed to go through its normal paces this morning with a skate-around at the Philips Arena. But there will be no morning skate today.

That’s because the ice is not fit for skating. Ther circus was in town recently, at Philips, and has rendered ice conditions unfit. Despite being told by Thrashers personnel that the ice would be ready by this morning, it was not.

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Talking Ryan Smyth

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss the future of Ryan Smyth,

Pierre LeBrun: Smyth wasn’t too happy either when the rumors started this weekend. We exchanged text messages and he said he was “shocked.” After all, he signed his five-year deal with the thought of playing it out in Denver. It must be pointed out he’s in control with a no-movement clause and, at this point, a source tells me Avs GM Francois Giguere still hasn’t broached the subject of a possible deal with Smyth’s powerful agent Don Meehan. But given what other GMs have told me, Smyth is “possibly” available. I guess that’s a conversation that will soon take place.

Scott Burnside: Interesting dilemma for Smyth. He’s a terrific competitor and the Avs may not get anywhere near a playoff spot during the remainder of Smyth’s contract. Does he want to stay with a team that is finally paying the price for years of excess? And if he was willing to go, which team has the need, and wherewithal financially, to go after Smyth? Dallas has the need given its injuries up front, but hard to imagine the Stars taking on that kind of financial burden.

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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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