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Does Colorado Have Interest In Afinogenov

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I think there’s an outside chance the Avs might try to get Maxim Afinogenov from the Sabres. I do know for sure they’ve made some inquiries about him. He’s having an awful season in Buffalo and is kind of the Arnie of the Sabres’ message boards. But he’s got skill, and people who know Maxim just think he needs a change of scenery. He’s been in Buffalo a while now, and it’s time for a change.

The usual suspects might be dangled to get him - (Brett) Clark - but with Foote’s injury, a trade involving a D-man might be less tenable.

more Avs talk…

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Sakic & Foote Hurting, Season May Be Over For Avs

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The news isn’t good from the Avalanche’s morning skate: Sakic won’t play tonight against Tampa Bay, and his status is now listed as “indefinite.” We could be in the throes of a sad end to No. 19’s brilliant career. One last “clean” in the weight room - one last clean that he said he wasn’t even going to do, but said he did anyway in a kind of “what the heck?” manner - has hijacked Sakic’s and the Avs’ season….

It’s not a good situation, and this, I believe, will sink this listing Avs team for good this year. This team just doesn’t believe in itself, doesn’t have enough passion and - from what I have witnessed - doesn’t have the close kind of chemistry of the last few teams….

Here’s the other news from the skate: Adam Foote has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 22. Former DU defenseman Aaron MacKenzie has been recalled from Lake Erie and will be available tonight (although probably won’t be in the lineup).

Foote’s upper back (neck) is still bothering him, and this mysterious knee injury has also crept into the situation. Injuries like these are what can happen when a

stiff, no-talent, cheap-shot artist

forward like John Zeiler runs you from behind.

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  Tags: adam+foote, joe+sakic

Sakic Out Again With Bad Back

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

He took one shift - 28 seconds - before shutting it down for the day because his back was bad.

This is obviously a red-siren, MAJOR setback for Cap and the Avs. He has, in essense, missed eight of the last nine games now. He has yet to play a full game in any of the three he’s allegedly been healthy enough to play in those last nine.

This is serious. A bad back can very often mean the end of a player’s career. Knowing the Avalanche and their medical staff, I would bet the ranch that they will now shut Sakic down for at least another few games and try to get this thing cured.

more on the Avs loss to Phoenix today…

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Zeiler Suspended

TORONTO (November 24, 2008) – Los Angeles Kings forward John Zeiler has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of a boarding incident that took place during NHL Game #295, Nov. 22 against the Colorado Avalanche, the National Hockey League announced.

            Zeiler was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct for hitting Colorado defenseman Adam Foote at 6:51 of the second period.

            Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Zeiler will forfeit $8,770.17. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Total Cheap Shot

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Total cheap shot by (John) Zeiler. (Adam) Foote is going to play a puck with Zeiler chasing, and Zeiler throws his right arm and shoves Foote’s head into the boards from behind.

Lappy just challenged Zeiler to drop them and fight, and Zeiler wants no part of it!

(After a few minutes)…They’ve tossed Zeiler from the game, giving him 5 for boarding and a game-misconduct. Probably a smart thing by the referees, although it’s not going to make Lappy happy wanting his pound of flesh in revenge.

Zeiler can definitely count on a suspension by the NHL for this - probably something very severe I bet. The NHL has been taking a lot of heat for the amount of head shots and hits from behind - and now Zeiler lays one of the dirtier hits of this or any other season on Foote.

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  Tags: adam+foote, john+zeiler

Avs Getting What They Deserve

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

This team is getting exactly what it deserves right now. Assets have been misallocated, some key player personnel decisions have been dead wrong, some top prospects have been overrated and other problems have been given the usual Avalanche whitewashed PR treatment.

This team has gone from perennial Stanley Cup contenders to one that almost surely will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.

But, hey, maybe they’ll get that No. 1 pick next June.

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Just Bad

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I was talking it over with some reporter brethren after the Avs’ sulfurous effort against the Flames, and the question crossed my head - was this the worst game I’d ever seen the Avs play?

Quite possibly, it was. I know there have been bigger blowout losses over the years, but this might have been the worst wire-to-wire performance this team has ever played since moving to Denver.

The inability to make even the most rudimentary plays was stunning. How many times did an Av have the puck on his stick in his own zone, only to hand it right back to a Flame, usually at the points?

continued

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Colorado Signs Stastny

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed 22-year-old center Paul Stastny to a five-year contract extension beginning with the 2009-2010 season.

“Paul has clearly established himself as one of the bright young stars emerging in our game today,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “At a young age, he’s demonstrated tremendous skill, vision and composure on the ice and is recognized as one of the most complete players in our league.

“We’re pleased that Paul will remain with the Colorado Avalanche franchise long-term. This is another sign of our ownership’s commitment to winning.”

added 9:07pm, CBC reporting deal is for $33M.

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  Tags: paul+stastny

Report- More Surgery For Forsberg

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

From the never-ending-Peter-Forsberg-medical-news-department: I heard from a Swedish source that our beloved Foppa had another foot surgery a few days ago. I’ll get more definitive word on this soon hopefully, but that’s what I’m hearing.

more plus a look at the back issue of Joe Sakic…

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Oilers Claim Boulerice Off Waivers

From the Edmonton Oilers:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today that the Edmonton Oilers have claimed forward Jesse Boulerice off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche and have placed left winger Steve MacIntyre on the NHL Injured Reserve List. [...]

Boulerice has played 170 NHL games with Philadelphia, Carolina and St. Louis, scoring 8-2-10 with 333 penalty minutes. He spent his first full season in the NHL with Carolina in 2002-03 and played a career-high 76 games with the Hurricanes in 2003-04.

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  Tags: jesse+boulerice, steve+macintyre

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