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But I’m not so sure about poor Joe Sakic. Why isn’t he wearing a helmet like the others? Does the toy company really believe that The Hair can withstand scrutiny better than with the Crosby and Ovechkin figures?
Sakic’s action figure was just released today, incidentally, and they’re a Limited Edition - just 1,500 home jerseys, 500 road. To order, you can go here and click on Joe. If anyone buys one, maybe put a helmet on him…
from the Denver Post,
Pierre Turgeon, the NHL’s 27th all-time leading scorer who played his final two seasons with the Avalanche, has decided to retire.
Sources close to the 37-year-old Turgeon said he will make an official announcement soon. He will live with his family in the Denver area, where he helps coach his daughter’s hockey team.
A very rough translation of this article in the AftonBladet follows, but Forsberg states he feels good and if he doesn’t play in Europe he is leaning to play for one of the three teams he has played for in the past (Philly, Colorado or Nashville).
Read on for the translation…
from the Denver Post,
Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere sounds like a man who has decided to bring back high-priced, disappointing goalie Jose Theodore for another season.
“My message to people is, ‘Don’t think that buying him out is going to be a big financial advantage for us.’ It won’t be,” Giguere said Wednesday. “If you buy him out, two-thirds of his salary counts toward the (salary) cap, and we’d still have to sign a replacement for him.”
That said, Giguere said a decision whether to bring back Theodore for the last year of a contract that will pay him $6 million has yet to be finalized.
via the Coloradoan,
The Colorado Avalanche have called a 2 p.m. MT news conference today, at which time executive vice president/general manager Francois Giguere will make what the team called a “major announcment.”
Coach Joel Quenneville also will be at the news conference to review the 2006-07 season, the first season the Avs did not make the NHL playoffs since they moved 11 years ago from Quebec to Denver.
added 2:39pm, via the Denver Post,
The Avalanche is expected to announce this afternoon the re-signing of captain Joe Sakic to a new contract.
The contract, expected to be a one-year deal, was agreed to in principle over the weekend between the Avs and their longtime leader, an NHL source confirmed.
added 4:02pm, from the Colorado Avalanche,
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the signing of captain Joe Sakic to a one-year deal for the 2007-08 season, which will be his 19th National Hockey League campaign and 15th straight as the franchise’s captain.
“I am privileged today to announce to our fans that Joe will be returning next season. Joe is the heart of this organization and his leadership and value to this team and especially our young players is unquestioned,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He played some of his best hockey this past season and was a major part of the late-season success we enjoyed. Joe’s contributions both on and off the ice for this organization cannot be understated.
“We have great expectations for next season and Joe’s presence will be counted on to continue aiding in the development and growth of our young players,” added Giguere.
Via the Rocky Mountain News,
Elimination came Saturday night with a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators before 17,462 at the Pepsi Center, ensuring the Avalanche would have no chance to catch the Calgary Flames for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. "It's a very bad feeling right now," Avalanche captain Joe Sakic said.More
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
The best thing that can happen to the Avalanche now? (And this tunes out the whining from the comptroller and the ownership, the Stan Kroenke empire that also includes the Nuggets, the Pepsi Center, a new soccer stadium and soccer and lacrosse teams.) The best scenario is Colorado wins its final two, finishes on a 16-1-2 run, but barely misses the postseason.
Then, it ends with a “wait-‘til-next-year” flourish, not a loss to the Red Wings in the first round. And there is hope for the future. Considerable cap room will open up after the departure of, at the very least, Brisebois and Turgeon, plus there’s the elimination of $4.6 million in bonus payments to Sakic and Rob Blake that came due this season and counted against the Avalanche cap figure.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche have missed him. The fans have missed him.
The feeling is mutual.
“There were some great times in Denver, and, of course, you miss those times and the fans,” Forsberg said recently. “My first year in the NHL was in Quebec, but it feels like it was Colorado to me. It seems like that’s when everything started. Not to say anything bad about Quebec, because it was great there, too. But it’ll always be special for me with Colorado.”
read on and no tear shedding please…
from the Denver Post,
“We’re definitely earning it right now,” said Avs captain Joe Sakic. “But we’re in the same position we’ve always been. We have to win our next game and still get some help. Hopefully, Sunday will mean something for us.”
The situation, with the Avs’ win coupled with Calgary’s loss, is this: The Avs are three points back of Calgary with two games left. All Calgary needs to do is get two points in either of their final two games, at home against lowly Edmonton and Sunday at the Pepsi Center against Colorado. The Avs have to get at least three points in their last two, and any loss in regulation would eliminate them. But the Avs can win the eighth spot either by one point or by virtue of a possible tiebreaker.
from the Calgary Sun,
“This is the game we’ve been waiting for all year,” said Tony Amonte yesterday after a spirited practice full of laughs.
“It’s nice to hold your own destiny in your hand.”
Since the foes last met in mid-March, the Avalanche have gone 6-0-1 to keep the pressure on the eighth seed.
The Flames have strung together six straight wins to go 6-2 in response.
Although this will be their first head-to-head battle in three weeks, it seems their names have been linked the entire time.
“We haven’t been playing against them a lot but it feels like we’ve been playing against them, fighting to get in playoff position,” said Amonte.
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