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Avs David Jones Out With Torn ACL

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Colorado, which fell to 14-8-5 for the season and two points behind Calgary in the Northwest Division, got worse news about 45 minutes after the game ended, well after Avalanche coach Joe Sacco and the players had talked to the media and, in most cases, left the building.

Winger David Jones, injured when Minnesota’s Chuck Kobasew fell into him near the Colorado blue line with 5:09 remaining in regulation, was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The initial prognosis was that he would require surgery and be out for four to six months, and anything but the short end of that scale means he is out at least the remainder of the regular season.

more plus a look at the Avs loss to the Wild last night…

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Avs Need To Pick-Up Their Game

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There are a lot of positive things about the Avs’ situation right now and I’ve written all of them. But it’s time for a trip to the woodshed.

To wit:

_Slashing penalty taken by Darcy Tucker with under 10 minutes left, leading to the winning goal.

_Guys like David Jones shying away from contact near the red line and icing the puck instead of taking the extra stride, taking the hit and getting it in deep. Those kinds of things tell one thing to the opposition: this team is soft, we can hit ‘em and win that way….

John Liles was terrible today, and has been the last three games. He’s making over $4 million a year, and simply has to be better. He needs to get the puck OUT of the zone quicker and more efficiently and he needs to make quicker decisions with the puck offensively – a frequent problem.

Craig Anderson wasn’t very good today, and probably hasn’t been all week. A couple of basketball-sized rebounds, especially on the first goal against. Can’t get on Andy as the root of the problem lately, but the magic act of the first month isn’t there right now.

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Briere Suspended Two Games

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Briere suspended for 2 games for his hit last night on Scott Hannan.

added 5:57pm, video of the hit…

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Celebrating Uwe Krupp Night

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Just writing the name “Uwe Krupp” brought back a little tingle to my fingers.

It’s probably been about three years since I have done that, and that’s far too long. Uwe Krupp will be back in Denver Monday night for “Uwe Krupp Night” at the Pepsi Center, and even though I have Monday off, I can’t miss Uwe Krupp Night. So I’m going to go, maybe just sit in the stands and watch the game with the rest of you. Screw the press box. The view is the worst in the building anyway.

Lots of old memories when Krupp’s name comes up, none bigger, of course, than the goal he scored to win the 1996 Stanley Cup. It’s a night I can never forget, naturally, not the least of which because I still have a t-shirt with the front page of the next day’s Denver Post reproduced on it. Ever see a t-shirt with a story you wrote on it? It’s a weird thing, believe me.

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What’s Troubling The Avalanche?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What the results of late are telling me is this:

- This team still has too many guys who get self-satisfied with a little success and want to take a breather once they do. You’ve absolutely got to identify those guys and try to fix it fast, or else get rid of them.

That is Joe Sacco’s big challenge right now.

- Too many guys maybe never believed they were as good as their record. I could be wrong on that, but instead of getting wild with excitement over their fast start, I just sensed a little too much “Wow, how did that happen?” attitude around some players.

It’s a good bunch of guys and I do think this team is going to be competitive most nights, but something is really missing right now and it’s hard to define. It just seems like some guys aren’t buying into the system all of a sudden. Or, maybe they want to buy into the system, but still don’t know their roles.

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Wilson Hit On Moreau - Clean Or Dirty?

from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey,

The latest highlight reel illegal hit was handed out by Colorado defenceman Ryan Wilson, 22, a tough rookie defenceman trying to make his mark in the NHL. In Wednesday night’s game in Edmonton, Oiler forward Ethan Moreau charged for the puck, which sat near centre ice. Moreau kept his eyes on the puck, his head down, as he stretched to tip it forward into Colorado’s end.

He wasn’t watching as Wilson came in for a hit.

Now such a hit would have been borderline legal if Wilson hadn’t put up his elbow. It would have been nasty, no doubt, but Moreau also had a responsibility to keep his head up. This is the NHL, after all, a tough league, a violent world.

But if Wilson hadn’t put up his elbow, he also would have missed Moreau. His timing was a bit off, Moreau was a bit past him, so Wilson stuck up that elbow and caught the unsuspecting, fast-moving Moreau right in the jaw with a hard elbow. Moreau, an extremely tough player, left the game and did not return.

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Duchene Off To A Slow Start

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Twenty games into his rookie season, the highly touted Duchene is struggling, with two goals and seven assists. But that comes with a huge asterisk: his age. With a handful of exceptions, including one on his own roster, even the most gifted of Duchene’s hockey-playing contemporaries still are in major junior or NCAA hockey — dreaming of an NHL chance that might never come.

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Stastny Not Earning His Money?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The numbers really aren’t bad at all. 20 games for Paul Stastny this season, 18 points, and his team is in first place. Nearly a point a game in the modern NHL is good, no matter how you slice it.

But we all know it hasn’t quite been what we expected from No. 26. The heightened expectations that come with a guy getting the big dollars create these kinds of criticisms here. Yeah, 18 points in 20 games is fine and all, but for a guy making $6.6 million this year and the following four?

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updated 2:55pm, As a KK member noted, story not there. 

Dater has done this in the past and he should really explain why the story has been pulled, but he doesn’t.

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Avs Introduce 3rd Sweater

DENVER – Colorado Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincey and center Paul Stastny today unveiled the team’s new third jersey, which will debut this Saturday, Nov. 14, against the Vancouver Canucks at Pepsi Center (8:00 p.m.).  The Avalanche will wear the third sweater on 12 occasions throughout the 2009-10 season.

The third jersey design is a collaboration of ideas from the Colorado Avalanche (including Kroenke Sports Enterprises Creative Imaging), the National Hockey League and Reebok.  The third jersey has a predominately blue color scheme with a diagonal COLORADO type, laces at the neckline and stripes on the sleeves.  Two rounds of sweater prototypes were tested and ran on ice before the final version was made.

image

More pictures available at the Colorado Avalanche website.

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Morning Line

“It’s individuals in charge of a team game. If you want to be individuals, go play tennis or golf. We live with it. It’s the rules, we play by them, but my view is you’re putting individuals in charge of a team game.”

-Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson on the shootout.  More on the Avalanche/Blackhawks game last night from Adrian Dater of All Thins Avs.

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