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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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Avs Suffer A Disgraceful Loss

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

That was a disgrace to the game of hockey by the Burgundy and Royal Blue tonight. If this game didn’t get Francois Giguere reaching for the nearest phone to make calls around the league to talk a little trade, I don’t know what will.

Tyler Arnason needs to go. Now. He needs to just go. The hope is gone. The experimentation phase is over. The “he’s got potential, maybe he just needs a little more time” thoughts are gone. He needs to go. Period. It’s not working as the No. 1 center. It wasn’t working as the No. 3 center. He needs to go….

Now.

Peter Budaj just isn’t a No. 1 goalie. Sorry, Boods backers, but he’s not good enough. Period. He’s a good kid and I hate to keep knocking him, but he’s not good enough. He’s just not.

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Tootoo Doesn’t Back-up His Hits

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

In the hockey code, agitators such as Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo are supposed to stand up to their mischievous ways by answering the challenge of a fight or at least “man up” in other ways.

Avalanche coach Tony Granato all but called Tootoo chicken after the Predator refused to fight an Avs player for the second time this season following attempts at a big hit.

“We expected a guy who was running around to stand up and fight for himself. Instead, he went down and covered up,” Granato said of Tootoo. “I would expect a guy that runs around that much, finishing his check and stirring the pot as much as he does, to be able to answer the bell. I’m sure Darcy felt the same thing.”

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Why So Many Wings Fans - Then A Shot At Detroit

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Although short on talent, the Avs displayed plenty of spunk during their neutral-ice game at the Pepsi Center against longtime hated rival Detroit.

Neutral ice? Sad, but true.

The most unsettling trend in the blood feud between the Avs and Wings might not be that Detroit remains a legit Cup contender while Colorado now too often seems like a gritty pretender. What really grates is how many Detroit fans treat the 303 like their own area code.

What gives? There were more Red Wings sweaters in the building on this Saturday night than red Chrysler Sebrings were sold in the Motor City during the entire month of December.

more on the Avalanche…

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Dater Dreaming Again

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’ve had a zillion dreams involving the Avs. They happen all the time. In many of them, I’ve been an actual player on the team. And it felt so real . I’m usually a fourth-liner, but I’m out there playing, hearing the crowd, talking with teammates on the bench. For about an hour every so often in my sleep, I’m an actual NHL player, literally and figuratively living the dream. It’s wonderful. It’s a major bummer when I wake up, therefore, and go back to being a 40-something newspaper hack with a bad back and an ambien habit.

So last night, here are scenes from the dream factory, and I’ll just tell them in the same scattershot manner in which they happened and that I have of them now: I’m at a game between the Avs and Red Wings - in Sweden. The Avs win 1-0 on a goal in the last couple minutes, but I missed it, because I’m trying to get online in the press room of a foreign country and things aren’t working right…

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Stastny Takes A Puck To The Forearm, Suffers Fracture

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Sakic, Svatos, Salei, now Stastny. Last year, it was Sakic, Smyth, Stastny, Svatos, Sauer and Skrastins.

All of the above Avs S-Men have suffered some serious injuries in the past 12 months, but tonight was a real killer.

Thanks to Brett Clark’s penalty with 1:33 left in regulation (and I’m not throwing Clarkie under the bus for causing Stastny’s injury here, just stating a fact), Stastny had to do penalty-killing duty with the Coyotes on a 6-on-4, and because of that, he was in the way of Olli Jokinen’s big slap shot that fractured his forearm.

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