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Avs Would Like A Quality Goalie

from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

Giguere expects at least two of the Avalanche’s free agents, forward Andrew Brunette and defenseman Kurt Sauer, to sign with other teams. He hasn’t been able re-sign goalie Jose Theodore and defenseman Jeff Finger, and they’ll also become unrestricted free agents.

“One of the luxuries that we have, I think in Peter Budaj we have a very capable goaltender,” Giguere said. “We know that we have an insurance policy that we felt pretty comfortable about. We’re not going to overpay, in our mind, to (re-sign Theodore).

“We would like to get another goaltender of quality to come in. I imagine the scenario would be that Peter and another guy would come in, but I would think Peter would be the guy kind of with the reins. But we wouldn’t mind if there’s a challenge there.”

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Possible UFA Moves For The Avalanche

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

If I were Giguere, I’d really look hard for a third-line center, a guy who can play some defense, a guy with speed. Is Mike Peca a little long in the tooth for such a role? Perhaps. But he’s a guy I might think about pretty hard. He played in the Cup Finals just two years ago with the Oilers, and he’s got talent. The problem is, he’s getting older and he’s hurt a lot.

But I definitely think the time has come to dump Tyler Arnason from a third-line role, and just get a guy in there who wants to check and play good defense. The Avs need a shutdown, checking line, period.

Stephane Yelle is also going to be available. Does Yeller still have something left in the tank? I think he could give the Avs a good year, for sure.

more on the Avs…

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Report: Liles & Foote Re-Signed by Avs

From Bob McKenzie at TSN:

Scratch defenceman John-Michael Liles from the list of available free agents.

Sources tell TSN that Liles and the Colorado Avalanche have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth an average of slightly more than $4 million per year.

Update 10:50pm ET: TSN’s link has been updated to include Adam Foote’s signing,

Sources tell TSN Foote’s deal is believed to be for two years and a total of $6 million, or $3 million per year.

*thanks to Shane in the comments for pointing out the update

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Theodore Will Follow The Money

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

Keep in mind a couple things: 1, I don’t know what the Avs’ exact offer was/is to Theodore before talks broke off and 2, it’s pro sports, where everybody wants the most money they can get while they can get it - and I’m sure I’d be the same way if I was a pro athlete.

But, let’s face it: If the Avs made anywhere near a fair, market-value offer to retain his services, but Theodore turned it down thinking he could get a little more from someone else, then my attitude if I was Francois Giguere would be: don’t let the door hit your padded backside on the way out, Jose.

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You have to wonder if there is a market for Theodore right now.

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Report- Theodore May Go Free Agent Route

from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

Contract talks between the Avalanche and Jose Theodore haven’t necessarily broken down, but the parties have hit a snag in their discussions.

Theodore’s agent, Don Meehan, said Thursday that the 31-year-old goalie probably would enter the NHL’s open market on July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.

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Avs Lock-up Parker

from The Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forward Scott Parker to a one-year contract through the 2008-09 season.

Parker, 30, appeared in 25 games for the Avalanche last season and finished third on the team in penalty minutes with 70.  He skated in his 300th NHL game on Jan. 24 against Minnesota.

“Scott Parker has been part of our team for many years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “We’re pleased to announce that he has decided to remain with our organization.”

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Avs Have Had No Contact With Brunette

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

NHL free agency is a week away, and there still has been no contact between the Avs and Andrew Brunette. Translation: He ain’t comin’ back.

Just got off the phone with Brunette’s agent, Don Reynolds, and he said the Avs have yet to even call him about anything regarding the potential unrestricted Brunette.

continued and little more detail on the Sakic situation…

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Sakic Delays Decision

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic has further extended the time he needs to decide whether to return to the Avalanche — and it could hamper the team’s free-agency spending plans.

Sakic “definitely will not decide by July 1,” Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said Monday night. That is the date when NHL players can become free agents.

The Avalanche is maintaining public support for Sakic, but his indecision could hamstring the team and take it out as a possible player in the free-agent market.

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Reminiscing with Adam Deadmarsh

From Adrian Dater at All Things Avs in the Denver Post,

Christa [Deadmarsh] was telling me that Peter Forsberg recently paid a visit to their house. Forsberg and Deadmarsh were inseperable in their playing days with the Avs, always competing against one another in some kind of game.

Their latest grudge match involves golf, where the winner of a round gets a green jacket to wear and lord over the other. I guess Peter won by one stroke in their latest match, shooting an 80. When he got back to Sweden, he texted Deadmarsh asking what the temperature was in Idaho that day - “80 perhaps?”

The two reminisced some over their playing days, particularly the Kings-Avs playoff series of 2001. Christa and Adam joked to Peter that if only his spleen had burst a couple games earlier, the Kings would have had a better chance.

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Laperriere Cares

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Fighters are always the nicest guys. It is a common saying in hockey, and Ian Laperriere has done nothing but keep it true in his NHL career.

Need a player to give some time for a good cause? Call Lappy. Need a player to say a few words to a group of kids at a school? Call Lappy.

And when the American Diabetes Association and the Denver Father’s Day Council went looking for father of the year candidates, they called Lappy. This month, Laperriere was named one of the city’s four fathers of the year by the ADA.

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