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Lemieux Returns To Denver

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The return of Lemieux to the NHL, at age 43, certainly has had the hockey world abuzz. Tonight at the Pepsi Center against the Avalanche, he will play his second game for the San Jose Sharks since being called up from the team’s minor-league affiliate in Worcester, Mass., last Monday.

There will be no need to check his water bottle for an elixir from the Fountain of Youth, Lemieux says. Hard work and dedication are responsible for a comeback nearly everybody scoffed at.

“I proved to myself that you never say never,” said Lemieux, who retired from the Dallas Stars in 2003. “For the last few years, I’d wake up every morning saying to myself, ‘I know I could do this. I quit too soon. But I can make it back if I put my mind to it.’ And once I finally decided to really put my mind to it, I had no doubts I’d make it.”...

His weight swelled to 250 pounds. His once-chiseled cheekbones disappeared under the soft flesh that comes from one-too-many slices of pizza.

“I definitely got fat,” Lemieux said with the characteristic bluntness that made him one of the NHL’s most colorful and controversial players.

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Avs Need A Goalie

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Get us a new Avalanche goaltender.

If Francois Giguere cannot make a deal for somebody better than Peter Budaj or Andrew Raycroft, then find us a general manager who can….

In Colorado, this NHL season is slowly dying of boredom.

We deserve a better brand of hockey.

Do something, Mr. Giguere.

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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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