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From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN,
“I had so many awful injuries,” Smyth told ESPN.com. “Once I got here last year, I just tried to get my feet wet and see where I fit in and adjust that way. I started feeling good, and all of a sudden, I started to get injured. Every time I felt like I was getting going again, I got injured and never really recuperated from it.”
(Smyth was out six weeks with a broken ankle and later missed more time when he suffered a concussion and minor shoulder separation from a Jack Johnson hit on March 1.)
And how does he feel now? “Awesome.”
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The mystery is whether they’ll be able to pull it off in the wake of Tony Granato’s re-elevation to the head coaching position. So far, they’ve talked a good show — or about putting on a good show — and Sakic is part of it.
“It’s speed,” he said. “It’s forechecking, attack with two guys and go hard to get it instead of sitting back on the trap. Use your speed to try to create a good forecheck. . . . Up-tempo is continuing to move your feet. You’re not posting up. You’re always moving your feet and skating. We have a lot of speed here. If you have a lot of speed, you can play that way.”
But is it enough speed? I don’t pretend to know the answer, but I wonder. The few changes the Avalanche made at forward, plus the accompanying willingness to stand pat, at times seemed to contradict that “up- tempo” mandate
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Paul Stastny came off the ice early today, with his right shoulder sagging and clearly in pain. The Avs’ lone all star from last year had a collision during a scrimmage (not sure who he collided with yet or the exact circumstances), but Stastny immediately headed for the dressing room, clearly favoring his shoulder….
The Avs are calling Stastny’s injury just a “contusion”, and don’t believe it’s anything serious. But as we all know, sometimes things have a way of not turning out the way the Avs first say it is, when it comes to injuries.
from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
Based on predictions by a number of hockey pundits, the Avalanche’s chances of even qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2008-09 are pretty much non-existent….
“They said that last year, too,” forward Ian Laperriere said. “OK, let’s not play. Who won the Cup? They said Detroit again? We’ll throw the season away and not play then. Those magazines, it drives me nuts. So let’s not play. Let’s go home.
“We’ve got a good mix of young guys, older guys, grit and skill. Not everybody can be like Detroit. But with the skill and the mix of grit, we’re the closest thing to a team that can beat a team like Detroit.”
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Talking to some of my Swedish buds, there is growing optimism that Peter Forsberg will be able to play this season - and maybe sooner than the Christmas-at-the-earliest previous scenario.
As Foppa himself would say, though, “we’ll see.” But the people I’ve talked to say his foot is doing better than expected, and that he’s itching to continue his career.
more on the Avs…
Just in case you wanted to know what Adam Foote did this summer…
via the Huronia Business Times,
NHL star Adam Foote was a Tottenham Dairy Queen employee on Aug. 7, as part of the company’s annual DQ Miracle Treat Day. All proceeds from the sales of Blizzard treats that day were donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.
From the Colorado Avalanche:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract.
“I am happy to announce the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season. As the only captain of the Avalanche, his record of achievement speaks for itself. Having him return is great for our franchise and community, but also for the game of hockey.”
“Ultimately it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing,” said Sakic. “I’m comfortable with my conditioning and my overall health. I’m ready for the start of camp and am looking forward to the upcoming season.”
Update 5:33pm ET:
According to Adrian Dater, Sakic’s one year deal is for $6 million.
from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,
In search of a soulmate ever since his brother-in-law Shayne Corson packed it in, Darcy Tucker may have found the answer in the mountain air of Colorado. After giving up his head coaching role when Joel Quenneville came aboard, Tony Granato is back as bench boss of the Avalanche and played a huge role in enticing Tucker to Denver…. Unless Joe Sakic returns, it could be tough for the Avalanche to make the play-offs. But surrounded by veterans such as Ryan Smyth and Adam Foote, at least Tucker will be in the company of like-minded warriors.
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“I’m anxious to get going. I’m excited about coming to Colorado. I definitely want to show people that I’ve still got some good hockey left in me.”
-Andrew Raycroft at the Denver Post where you can read more on him from Adrian Dater…
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
But I’ll go on record right now and say his decision will be to come back. There are too many clues to say otherwise.
Among them: Sakic is still working out hard. If you were about to retire after two decades in the NHL, would you still want to hit the gym every morning, or might you want to tip back a few every afternoon on the 19th hole?
When he talks to teammates, he’s still using the word “we,” not “them.” True, Gordie Howe still refers to the Red Wings as “we” when he talks about them, but that didn’t happen for at least a decade after he left Detroit and played in Houston and Hartford.
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