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Avs Fans Can Handle The Truth

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I couldn’t help but shake my head in embarrassment for the Avalanche franchise afterward tonight, though, when it came to my attention that Kroenke Sports Enterprises sent out a Captain Queeg-style email to all hockey-side employees over a recent blog I wrote, about people at KSE being worried about their jobs in this horrible economy, and of expense-cutting initiatives such as eliminating company-paid Internet access hotel charges on the road, and things like that.

From what was described to me, the paranoid, threatening-sounding email promised recriminations toward anybody who might have leaked such information to yours truly….

Good grief, these guys just will never get it. They think you’re stupid, fans. They can’t handle the truth. When anything bad happens, this team just retreats like a turtle into its shell of denial and subterfuge and pretends everything is just peachy, when if only they would just act like adults and say, “Yeah, you know what, we are cutting back in this tough economy, and yeah, things aren’t helped that much with this mediocre product we’re putting out on the ice, but you know what? We’re striving to do better and we just hope our fans hang in there with us.”

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Raycroft With A Great Game, Except For One Play

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Rayzor decides to take a wrist shot up the middle, which we all know is real easy with those big paddle-board sticks, with a catchers’ mitt on one hand and a body full of heavy equipment.

Pass gets knocked down by Horcorff, leading to a chinese fire drill in which Rayzor kicks back out the puck he appeared to have saved between his legs, only to flop around and watch Horcoff slide the puck in for the 3-2 game-winner.

Rayzor makes about 50 saves tonight, many of them great ones. Then loses a game because he decided to act like Moe, Larry or Curly, take your pick.

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The Lost Net

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I must chime in on this quote by Peter Budaj that was in Terry’s story of our beloved and worthy Denver Post.

The quote was this: “I lost the net before and I knew it was going to happen this season, that there were going to be times Rayzor was going to be playing. That’s the nature of the business sometimes.”

Look, I know things get said sometimes that are taken out of context and sometimes guys who are from a different country say things that might not mean exactly - or that they think they mean.

But, geez, if I’m Tony Granato or Francois Giguere or Stan Kroenke and I’m reading that statement, I’m having a little sit down with Boods to ask him about it. So, basically, you knew you’d be no good eventually and lose your starting job, is that what you’re saying?

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All Ryan Smyth

Fans submitted questions for Ryan Smyth…

from ColoradoAvalanche.com,

Q. What is it like to make a living in the front of the net in today’s NHL, and exactly how has it changed from the NHL of a few years ago?

Smyth- “Good question Joseph. I don’t want to say it’s not as physical, but it’s not as wrenching on your back as it used to be. You still compete for your territory, but you don’t take as many cross checks to the back as before.”

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According To Sources

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Reports out of Columbus have said Foote not only threatened to be a bad teammate and not have his heart in it if he stayed with the Blue Jackets, but he had a plane set up to take him to his reunion with the Avalanche, even before the deadline deal was consummated….

Those who made charges about Foote while insisting on anonymity are gutless. This isn’t “a State Department official,” with tacit approval from above, discussing Mideast policy with the media. Neither is this something as benign as “sources” disclosing that the Jackets are set to hire John Doe as an assistant coach; this is “sources” making reputation-damaging allegations.

Granted, hockey journalism often doesn’t set the bar high for “sourcing.” A “source” can be not just a league or team official, but also an assistant trainer’s brother-in-law’s barber . . . or a dart board. I’m not saying it’s that bad in the Foote imbroglio, but the use of unnamed sources, likely with axes grinding, for much of the material undercuts the credibility.

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The Economy Problems Hitting Colorado

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Stan Kroenke’s sports enterprises most certainly are not immune to the current economic meltdown.

Like everyone else, many KSE employees are VERY worried about their jobs right now. Talk of layoffs coming at Kroenke’s Altitude and Entertainment channel is making the rounds, and both the Nuggets and Avalanche could be laying off employees soon, I’m hearing. There is already a lot of nickle-and-diming going on with expenses for employees traveling on the road, with things like no more internet charges being picked up at hotels, etc.

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Mike Haynes Talks

NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Haynes of the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 7:30 ET.

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Sakic Recovering From Back Surgery

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that captain Joe Sakic underwent successful surgery for a herniated disc and is expected to be out approximately 10 weeks.

“After weeks of rehabilitation, it was determined that surgery was the safest path to a complete recovery,” said Avalanche Team Physician Andrew Parker. “This was our best option and the surgery went as expected.”

“I understand that this was the best way for me to return to the ice, so now my focus and goal will be to get back as soon as possible to help my teammates in the final weeks of the season,” said Sakic.

The Avalanche captain will be resting at home for the next seven to 10 days recovering from this procedure

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Hard To Fix Teams With Salary Cap

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

If he had a magic wand, Francois Giguere would fix a lot of things, not just the state of his Avalanche team. Alas, there is no magic wand.

The situation for the Avalanche general manager is daunting. One of his top two centers is out several more weeks, the other even longer; his top veteran defenseman is out; and so is his heart-and-soul right winger.

If he were an NHL GM in the pre-lockout days, he could simply pick up the phone and swing a deal for the best, big-name player available, no matter the cost.

But this is not the pre-lockout NHL. Making a trade — something Avs fans are clamoring for at the moment — is not easy.

“What makes it tougher this year to make trades, I think, than previous years is that there are a lot of teams right near the cap already,” Giguere said Monday.

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Foote Out Indefinitely With Tricep Injury

via Craig Stancher at ColoradoAvalance.com,

The Avalanche will be without a pair of veterans when the club faces Nashville tomorrow, as defenseman Adam Foote and forward Ian Laperriere will not make the trip to Tennessee.

Foote suffered a tricep injury during Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Wild. The blueliner played briefly in the second period before leaving the game. He did not take part in practice Monday and is out indefinitely.

The Avalanche also played the third period of last night’s game without the services of Laperriere. The winger, who has been playing center of late, skated for just 9:03 before leaving the contest with a back injury.

“Adam has a tricep injury and he’s going to be reevaluated in the next few days,” said Avalanche head coach Tony Granato. “Ian should be day-to-day. He’s got a stiff back but won’t make the trip.”

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