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Who Wins This Battle?

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

On Twitter, Denver Post hockey writer Adrian Dater wrote in the wake of Colorado’s 5-3 loss to Edmonton: “Can’t win ‘em all at home. A shame the Avs had to finally lose to a dog team like Edmonton at home, though.”

To this comment, I would say . . ..

* Hey, Adrian, no jeering in the press box! You’ve got to leave that kind of stuff to us fan bloggers, eh.

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Too Much Blabbing

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post answers some emails,

Why doesn’t Mike Haynes call the game when the puck is in play? He is almost always blabbing with Peter McNab when the puck is in play. We TV watchers do not have the privilege of seeing the entire ice like the attendees. It’s maddening.

It’s always tough for me to critique any of the TV people. First off, I’ve known Haynes for 15 years now, going back to the days of the Denver Grizzlies, and he’s a good friend. Second, I really don’t get to actually see many of the games on TV. I’m usually at the game itself. Yeah, I’ll Tivo a lot of them, but usually don’t sit through the whole tape. So, I can’t really sit and pretend to be both a good critic, or even an objective one. I know Mike knows hockey inside and out, as does Peter McNab, and I know they work extremely hard at what they do.

more emails…

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Talking Avalanche Attendance

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Money, of course, was a top reason listed as to why people aren’t showing up as much right now, and I can certainly understand that.

But it’s obviously more than just money why people aren’t showing up right now to see what is a first-place team. Lots of people are tired at the lack of feeling that they are being heardby the Avalanche – be it by the team management or the ticket offices or the game-night entertainment staff or wherever.

A lot of you think the Avs just don’t care all that much about what you have to say. I think this can be more broadly accused, though, to the parts of the organization not having to do with the actual hockey operations. And I don’t want to just sit here and take cheapshots at them. There are a lot of good people who work with the Avs and they’ve been a pretty darn successful organ-i-zation over the years, and they’ve given back a lot to the community.

But I still hear complaints all the time about the lack of coherance about ticket prices/policies, etc. when they call the ticket offices. I hear a lot of complaints about the awful music that is blared into their ears at the Pepsi Center. I hear a lot of complaints about how nobody seemed to care when they, as a longtime season ticket holder, complained that lower bowl seats were sold to new customers at cheaper prices than they’ve paid for years – even in the upper bowl.

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Where Is Everyone?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What gives? Seriously, what’s up? I want to know what the reasons are why more of you wouldn’t show up tonight to see a team that had the most points in the Western Conference coming into tonight’s game with Phoenix (and added on to them when it was over)?

If the reason why attendance was down last year was the perfectly justifiable reason that the team was awful, what is the excuse for tonight?

There was not a single person in sections 330 and 334 a few minutes into the game tonight. Not one. I think a couple souls showed up a while later and sat there, but that was…it.

You definitely did not dissuade critics who say Denver is just a bandwagon hockey town tonight, folks. The announced attendance was definitely not the actual number in the building either. I’d say the real number was about 8,500, maybe a bit less actually.

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Meet Joe Sacco

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

While Sacco’s predecessor, Tony Granato, was well-liked by his players, privately there was some sentiment within the organization that he treated players differently and he wasn’t demanding enough of everybody. One thing Avalanche players say about Sacco is that he has the same standard for everybody.

“He holds guys accountable,” Avs captain Adam Foote said. “There aren’t any gray areas about what he wants from us and expects. But at the same time, he isn’t just screaming at us or maybe being unfair. I’d say what I’ve noticed so far is he’s tough, but fair.”

Sacco, 40, has always demanded a full day’s work, most of all from himself. Sacco, along with brother David, played together at Boston University. Of the two brothers who grew up under the Medford, Mass., roof of Joe Sr. and Maria Sacco, older brother Joe was the “serious” one.

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Hey, It’s Only A Game

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I don’t begrudge these guys a penny. Yeah, I’ll make fun of how much they make and how much they are stealing money at times, but jealousy over anything they or anybody else makes in life plays zero part in any criticism I have of them professionally. The only thing that weirds me out sometimes is how we all care so much sometimes about what these guys do. It’s a game and these guys are absolutely getting rich playing it, and so are the guys coaching and general managing it.

All because of what some guys on a frozen pond thought up one day a hundred years ago, probably dressed in heavy, sodden woollen pants and socks and living in a tiny hovel heated only by the available chopped-by-their-labor firewood not charred irreparably to that point.

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Great Offensive Play Or Bad Defense?

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

The one-man show by Wojtek Wolski — skating right in the middle of Nigel Dawes and Daymond Langkow, waltzing unmolested into the slot and firing the puck past Miikka Kiprusoff — could be shown as a “What Not to Do” video in hockey school.

“The third goal we gave up was a terrible goal to give up,” Sutter said. “I mean, everyone is standing around the ice watching someone walk into the slot and shoot the puck.

“It’s not a very good play by anybody who was on the ice.”

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Budaj Has H1N1 Virus

from the Denver Post,

The Avalanche confirmed Tuesday that the national swine flu scare has hit the team’s bench. Goalie Peter Budaj, out since Friday with flu-like symptoms, is suffering from the H1N1 virus, the team said.

Craig Anderson, who has started in goal in a team record-long 11 games to begin the season, will again be in the net tonight as the Avs take on the host Oilers.

Budaj was set to start in goal last Friday in Denver against Carolina. But he fell ill Thursday afternoon and was scratched. Tyler Weiman was recalled from Lake Erie to backup Anderson and he will remain on the roster.

From the first sign of Budaj’s flu last week, the team was concerned it might be swine flu.

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Anderson Building Fan Following In Denver

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Craig Anderson hasn’t made the Colorado Avalanche faithful forget about the heroics of hall of famer Patrick Roy, but the new netminder has eased the pain.

After Roy closed his career in 2003, David Aebischer, Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj took turns trying, but failed to adequately replace the four-time Stanley Cup champion.

The 28-year-old Anderson is only 11 games into his tenure with the Avalanche — but so far, so good. He has not only won a place in the hearts of the local hockey fans and his teammates, he has played himself into the United States Olympic team picture.

“A lot of it has to do with opportunity, but some of it also has to do with being prepared for getting that opportunity every night,” said Anderson when asked to explain his success in the first four weeks of the NHL season.

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Ruutu Calls Tucker To Apologize For The Hit

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu said today that he has called Darcy Tucker of the Colorado Avalanche and apologized for the hit from behind that left Tucker with a concussion.

Ruutu was suspended for three games by the NHL for the hit in Friday’s game in Denver.

“It was a bad hit by me,” Ruutu said. “I wasn’t really worried about the suspension. I was worried about the guy.

“It looked pretty bad. It just happened. I think he’s doing better. I’m so sorry about what happened but everything happened so quickly.

“I wish I could get it back but I can’t.”

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