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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….

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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Theodore Talks Avs

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche will take some shots tonight at its former goalie, Jose Theodore. A day before their game with the Washington Capitals, Theodore took a few preemptive verbal shots at the Avs.

After Thursday’s Capitals practice, Theodore was asked if he misses playing for the Avalanche.

“Look at the position I’m in now and where my game has been for the past two months. I think that pretty much speaks for itself,” Theodore said.


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Sakic Hopes To Return This Season

from Craig Stancher at ColoradAvalanche.com,

Sakic - who underwent successful surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 7 - spoke on a wide range of topics Thursday, including his back injury, the status of his rehabilitation and his drive to get back on the ice.

“We just started rehab this week, so we’re just working on stability right now. After surgery, we haven’t been able to do anything for about six weeks,” said the 20-year NHL veteran. “Just a lot of rest and making sure you don’t move around too much. We just started, but things are progressing.”

While there is no definitive timeline for his return, Sakic’s ultimate goal is to get back on the ice before the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

“For now, it’s still too early for a timetable. I definitely want to be back sometime near the end of the year, give or take a couple of weeks,” said Sakic. “I’m not too sure right now, but as long as rehab keeps working and my back does fine and progresses, hopefully it will be by the end of the year.”

read on

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Liles Out With Hand Injury

via the Denver Post,

Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles will not play in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators and is out indefinitely with a hand injury he suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Avs coach Tony Granato said he hopes to have Liles back by the end of the team’s six-game road trip, which begins Friday night at Washington.

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Expect An Avs Deal In The Next Few Days

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’m not officially on the beat this weekend, but I can pretty much guarantee there will be at least one trade by the Avs in the next few days. The moves will start to happen, folks.

I’ve seen the rumors about Ryan Smyth being on the block, and I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Not in this economic climate, and not with the money and term left on his deal….

But I do think Jordan Leopold will be traded, and maybe Brett Clark and/or Ruslan Salei too. Remember those Jaro Halak rumors I wrote about a couple months ago, too? Don’t be shocked if he still ends up in Denver after all.


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