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Dreaming Of Drury

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Here’s one thing I’m hearing from people in the know: The Rangers are so intent on getting Mats Sundin that they may well trade Chris Drury to make room. The Rangers will need to clear some significant salary to allow for Mats’ inclusion, and Drury has three more years and $21.5 million left on his contract after this season.

But he also has a no-movement clause to his deal, meaning any kind of trade or demotion to the minors or put through the waiver wire would need his approval first….

The Avs have roughly five million in cap space right now - partly because of Joe Sakic’s long-term injury. So maybe if you get a Drury to waive his no-movement clause to come to Colorado and get the Rangers to pay half his salary this year after going through re-entry waivers, you could fit him in - although you’d probably have to move more salary too.

Of the few teams Drury would consider playing for, I’m sure the Avs would be one of them.

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Bertuzzi & Moore Meet to Try & Settle Lawsuit

From CBC:

One-time Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and former Vancouver Canucks winger Todd Bertuzzi met in Toronto on Monday with a mediator in an effort to prevent a lawsuit from heading to court.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the infamous sucker punch during a March 8, 2004, game in Vancouver that ended Moore’s career.

Moore, 29, and his family filed a lawsuit seeking $38 million for loss of income and damages.

Bertuzzi, who now plays for the Calgary Flames, and Moore attended the meeting with their lawyers, as well as former Vancouver coach (now Hockey Night In Canada analyst) Marc Crawford and his representatives.

Moore’s lawsuit names Bertuzzi, the Canucks and former team owners Orca Bay, as defendants.

continued… but no details of the meeting have been released

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  Tags: marc+crawford, orca+bay, steve+moore, todd+bertuzzzi

Here We Go Again

via the Denver Post,

The oft-injured former Avalanche star has committed to making another attempt to play in the NHL and, like last season, hopes to be with a team by the NHL playoffs. If Forsberg, 35, can play, it would likely be with the Avalanche.

“I want to play. I hate sitting in the stands and not be able to be out there on the ice,” Forsberg told the Swedish television program “Hockeynight” on Monday. “If it doesn’t work this time, I’ll call it quits. But I have the best doctor in the world (Bertil Romanus), and without him I would have given up already. I’m still hopeful.”

Forsberg revealed he wore electrodes on his troublesome right foot for some games with the Avs after his late-season return.

“(I had) a battery package hidden in my pants. When I turned it on, the foot straightened in the skates. It was kind of funny,” Forsberg said.

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One Bad Prediction

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Believe it or not, there was a time just a few months ago when some of hockey’s most well-known experts were saying the Avalanche was a better team than the Detroit Red Wings.

“Colorado,” NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire said quickly, when a couple of us nosy reporters asked who would win the Avs’ Western Conference semifinal last spring with Detroit. “I like how they stack up against Detroit.”

Four games later, the Avs were done. Game 4 was the humiliating 8-2 Detroit romp at the Pepsi Center. Henrik Zetterberg was scoring on backhanders while falling down and Johan Franzen flashed his big Swedish grin for the final of his approximately 46 goals he scored in the series (actually, only nine — but still a Detroit record for one series).

This foolish reporter was actually sipping the Avalanche Kool-Aid before the series, too.

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Avs Run Into Some ‘Bad Luck’

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Total cave job by the mediocre, middlin’, muddlin’ Colorado Avalanche tonight, folks.

Had the night off, but I still watched the contest on the House Channel. Rest assured, Avs fans, it was just all “bad luck” tonight for the local according to the House Men (and I really do think Mike Haynes and Peter McNab are top-notch at what they do. I just wish they could speak their minds more. A shame, really. The real villains in this are the overly sensitive, we-can’t-take-any-criticism-so-we-self-produce-our-own-propaganda-on-house-channel sports team owners).

This is what mediocre teams do in big home games, games that could pivot a season toward the playoffs: they get out to a little lead early on, then have chances to build on it, but don’t do it. Then the mediocre team starts to tighten up a little, and, boom, the game is tied. Then the medidcre team starts to tighten up a little more, then gets a call go against them. Finally, the mediocre team has the BIG PLAY happen against it and falls behind.

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Hand Surgery For Sakic

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that captain Joe Sakic underwent surgery last night to repair three broken fingers and tendon damage. He is expected to miss approximately three months. 

“Joe’s surgery was performed by a hand specialist,” said Avalanche Team Doctor Andy Parker. “The procedure went well and he’s expected to make a full recovery.”

The incident happened at his house yesterday afternoon involving a snow blower.

The Avalanche captain will continue to receive treatment for the herniated disc in his back while he recovers from the surgery.

added 1:35pm, from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said the accident happened to Sakic’s left hand, and that severe tendon damage occurred to one finger. That same finger and two others were broken.

“Basically, it’s a mistake. He’s a 39-year-old adult who made a mistake,” Martineau said. “He put his hand where he should not have put it. He’s, in a way, lucky. He’ll have a full recovery.”

Martineau said he visited Sakic in an unidentified hospital this morning, and that he was “very upset with himself.”

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Winter Classic - Tune-In

added 11:48am, Thanks to a heads-up from a KK member, you can now watch the video here.


I happened to catch the video last night and was very impressed with it, hopefully it will draw some attention to the game on 1/1/09!  I did try to find it on the web, but no luck so far.

NEW YORK (December 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL), in collaboration with NBC, CBC and RDS, has released a new tune-in marketing campaign to promote the upcoming NHL Winter Classic™ 2009 game on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field. The TV spot, backed by the singing of the late, legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray and his iconic version of “Take Me Out To the Ball Game,” debuted Sunday in the U.S. on the “NBC Sunday Night Football Game” between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. NBC’s Bob Costas narrates the U.S. version. This marks the first time that the League and its rights-holders have worked together to create a universal campaign for a single event.

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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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