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Paul Stastny’s Time

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

He’s just a kid to some, but Stastny is the Avs’ highest-paid player and the one the Avs will most rely on in the 2009-10 season, which starts Thursday. That’s OK. Stastny is used to growing up fast.

“It comes with the territory. I know what’s expected of me here, but I expect as much or more from myself,” he said. “We’ve got a younger team now, and I know I need to be an example to some of the younger guys. But I’m excited about it. I got to learn from some great players before me, so I hope to do some of the same things to other guys.”

Stastny will start the first year of a five-year, $33 million contract this season. He is eager to prove he’s worth the money and to make people forget about last season. Injuries limited him to 45 games, and he had the worst point production (11 goals, 36 points) of his three-year career.

“I think everyone wants to kind of throw away last year, but at the same time remember how bad it was and use it as a reminder we don’t want it to be that way again,” he said. “I learned a lot last year, even though I didn’t play much.”

more

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Avs Extend Hejduk

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Milan Hejduk to a one-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season.

Hejduk, who is entering his 11th season in the NHL, has spent his entire career with the Colorado Avalanche.  Originally selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the fourth round (87th overall) of the 1994 Entry Draft, Hejduk has recorded 312 goals and 345 assists for 657 points in 783 career games.  He ranks fourth in franchise history in both games played and goals, and sits fifth in points.  Hejduk is the franchise’s all-time leader in regular season overtime goals with nine and his 52 career game-winning tallies rank second in franchise history behind only Joe Sakic (86).

“Milan has been an integral part of this organization over the past 10 seasons,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman.  “We are pleased to have him under contract and are counting on his leadership both on and off the ice to help this team move forward into the future.” 

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Let Duchene Stay

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Let the kid play.

That’s what I’d do if my name was Joe Sacco or Greg Sherman or Pierre Lacroix or anybody else with decision-making abilities around the Avalanche.

The kid is Matt Duchene, and he should not be allowed to go back to junior hockey this season. The betting line is that Duchene, the third pick in this year’s NHL draft and only 18, will be an Av all season.

But you never know with the Avs. They’ve often taken the cautious path with players, including the return to junior of previous first-round picks Alex Tanguay and Wojtek Wolski.

Those Avs teams were different, however, in that they weren’t relying on younger players as much. They had superstar veterans, so they could take their time.

continued

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Preissing Out 4-6 Weeks

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs at the Denver Post,

The Tom Preissing Era is off to a crummy start. One of the two D-men who came over from L.A. in the Ryan Smyth trade, Preissing had arthroscopic surgery on a knee today and is out 4-6 weeks.

He apparently suffered the injury at some point early in camp, as he never took part in any scrimmages.

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Quincey A Big Hit In Denver

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Kyle Quincey is one of only two ex-Detroit Red Wings to play for the Avalanche. While Todd Gill was the other, he essentially quit the team midway through his one season in Denver, 2001-02.

The Avs have plans to keep Quincey in a burgundy and blue uniform a lot longer than one year, and they certainly won’t mind if Quincey lays a bunch of big hits on the Red Wings like the kind he did in his preseason Avs debut Sunday night….

Quincey posted 38 points for the Kings last season, an excellent offensive number for any defenseman. He showed some reasons why Sunday, moving the puck quickly. He also has a big slap shot, although only four of his 38 points with the Kings came on goals.

“He’s got a lot of poise with the puck,” Avs coach Joe Sacco said. “When he’s in situations where he thinks he’s in trouble, he seems to get himself out of trouble. We’re looking for him to have a positive impact on our club.”

read on

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Avalanche Honor Their Past

DENVER – In conjunction with Pepsi Center’s 10-year anniversary, the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will launch its Alumni Association on Opening Night (Oct. 1) in a pre-game ceremony introducing Joe Sakic as the first of 10 honorees to be named throughout the 2009-10 season.

“We’re a proud organization with a great winning tradition and history,” said Kurt Schwartzkopf, Chief Marketing Officer. “This year we will celebrate our 10 years at Pepsi Center by announcing the Avalanche Alumni Association.”

In addition to Sakic, nine other members of Colorado’s 1996 or 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams will be honored throughout the season, including Adam Deadmarsh, Alexei Gusarov, Valeri Kamensky, Mike Keane, Uwe Krupp, Claude Lemieux, Curtis Leschyshyn, Shjon Podein and Mike Ricci.

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Morning Line

To me, David Jones is one the biggest keys to this team, whether it have a chance at a playoff run or not. If he can stay healthy and play like I think he can, the Avs might have a chance. He’s looked good so far.

-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs at the Denver Post.  More early observations on the Avalanche from Adrian.

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Avs Name Foote Captain

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that defenseman Adam Foote has been named team captain for the 2009-10 season. 

“I’m honored to be named Avalanche captain,” said Foote. “I’ve been with this franchise for the majority of my career and I know what the standards are here. I look forward to the challenge of leading this team, starting with training camp and heading into the regular season.”

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Afternoon Line

“We want to do more than stay in th mix.  I’d like to chase Detroit. I’m tired of watching Detroit in first place. I’d like to chase them. Somewhere along the line someone has to make them bleed and it might as well be us.”

-Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock.  More from Ken by Tom Reed of Puck-rakers…

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Avs Talk

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

- I believe the Avs are still trying to move one or more of their older, higher-paid defensemen (though not Adam Foote, he’s got a no-trade). Scott Hannan is one of them I believe, and while he also has a no-trade clause, the Avs could ask him to waive it if they feel they get the right deal. Stay tuned.

- Alex Tanguay still will not become an Av again. And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

more Avs talk including a chat Adrian had with Matt Duchene today.

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