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from the CP via TSN,
A phone call from Canada’s last Olympic captain sealed the deal for Captain Canada to join the Avs.
‘‘Joe Sakic called me and helped the process along,’’ Ryan Smyth told The Canadian Press in an interview Monday.
The two were teammates at the 2002 Salt Lake Games and 2006 Turin Olympics as well as the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
‘‘It was like the icing on the cake,’’ added Smyth. ‘‘Joe as everybody knows is a world-class player, he’s a future Hockey Hall of Famer. The guys handles himself with a great deal of class. There’s no question he was an influence on it.’‘
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
Foppa had surgery Thursday and plans to test out his right ankle on skates either later this week or early next. If he feels terrible, retirement is a definite option. If he feels great, he’ll play again. The question remains: will he take probably a bit less money to play here than he could probably get on the open market, and do the Avs even want him back?
Both are uncertain right now, but I do believe Foppa would take a good discount to play on this team again, especially with yesterday’s signings.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
Acquiring Smyth, 31, is another huge catch for the Avalanche, which has the option of putting him on what could be a potent line with captain Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette.
“We feel we’ve really upgraded the team,” Giguere said. “We finished the year with two (regulation) losses in the last 19 games, so we felt that when the season ended, we were one of the top teams. With these two guys, we feel we’re a team that’s going to compete for the Stanley Cup.”
All of a sudden, it seems just like old times for the Avalanche, which made a habit of bringing in marquee names through trades before the post-lockout collective bargaining agreement and salary-cap system came into play.
The Colorado Avalanche have signed Ryan Smyth to a five-year deal worth $31.25 million.
After playing his entire career with the Edmonton Oilers, Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders at the February trade deadline when the two sides were unable to reach a long-term contract. In return, the Oilers received prospects Ryan O’Marra, Robert Nilsson and the Islanders’ first-round pick in 2007.
Update 11:30pm ET:
Quotable Adrian Dater at the Denver Post: “...Smyth and Hannan might not make the Avs the best team in the league, but they definitely have the league’s two best mullets now.”
Scott Hannan’s name has been taken off the list of available free agents, as the veteran blueliner has signed a 4-year, $18 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Barring something unexpected - always a high possibility in this crazy business - I believe you’ll be hearing about Ryan Smyth becoming a member of the Avalanche soon. A grade A source tells me a deal is close to being done. Stay tuned. And don’t kill the messenger if the deal falls through!
Update 6:23pm ET (by Alanah)
The link above stopped working for some reason. The original story appears to be missing, but Dater references it online here as well:
Still waiting on a Smyth deal. These things can be complicated. These are the top two lines I see for this season, if Smyth brings his mullet to Denver:
Update 7:12pm ET (Alanah)
Dater is now acknowledging that he did remove his original post deliberately.
Let’s just all sit and wait for the proper authorities to alert us of any big Avalanche deals today, OK? I took a previous blog about a Ryan Smyth deal down not long ago, because I forgot about a parliamentary procedure to post a “news” story like that. That was the reason, not anything else.
There are a lot of other teams that are after the same guys the Avs are after, and it’s no guarantee ANY of them will be coming to our Dusty Old Cowtown yet. So, again, breathe in, breathe out. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Hmmm… this is probably not going to go over well with Avs fans, I’m guessing.
from All Things Avs at the Denver Post,
I would outbid everybody out there to get Drury back, if I’m Giguere. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand more times, the guy is a stud, he’s a winner, he’s a guy you go into any big playoff series already one goal up on the others guys, because you just know he’s going to pot that huge game-winner in OT or late in the third.
A couple of things could very well keep Drury from coming back to this Dusty Old Cowtown. The first is something we’ve talked about before. Let’s call it the Jilted Lover factor. Drury was dumped to Siberia, sorry, Calgary, a few years ago, and might not want to take his ex back in their time of need.
more on the choices the Avs could make…
from the Denver Post,
The last big unrestricted free-agent signings by the Avs came in 2003, when they signed Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne. Kariya and Selanne, as of Thursday, were prospective free agents again, but the Avs aren’t expected to make a bid.
More likely to interest Giguere are other top-line forwards - including Drury, Forsberg, Daniel Briere and Ryan Smyth. Forsberg underwent surgery on his troublesome right ankle in Sweden on Thursday, but his agent, Don Baizley, characterized the surgery as minor.
Giguere is likely to be high on Drury and Smyth, but will face stiff competition. A free-agent defenseman also is likely to interest the second-year Avs general manager. Giguere has spoken frequently about his belief in a strong defense, and the team already has said it will not offer a contract to its free-agent defenseman, Patrice Brisebois.
from All Things Av Blog at the Denver Post,
Well, Adam Foote has finally broken down and admitted he regrets the day he put pen to paper to go to Columbus, Ohio.
Foote told Colorado’s News 4 - there’s a shout to a TV station for some good journalism - the following: “”I’d be lying to you, and I think you all are aware, we love Colorado. … We wish we’d never left, but we did, it’s unfortunate, but, it’s a business — and one day, you never know….”
That’s doublespeak for: “Lord Almighty, if there’s a way I can possibly convince someone to get me out of this purgatory, I promise I’ll never ask for another thing, ever again. Please, please, Stan Kroenke, get me out of here.”
The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Tyler Arnason to a two-year contract through the 2008-09 season.
Arnason, 28, finished sixth on the Avalanche in scoring last season with 49 points in 82 games. Arnason, who was one of only five Avalanche players to appear in every game last year, has now played all 82 games in three of the past four seasons.
“Tyler had a good season for us last year and we look forward to him building upon that success,” said Avalanche Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere.
Note: More on Colorado’s current draft pickings, etc, can be read in the Denver Post today.
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