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#19 Goes To The Rafters In Denver

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization will officially retire number 19 in honor of team captain Joe Sakic.

The club will raise Sakic’s number 19 in a special ceremony prior to the start of the club’s 2009-10 season opener (game date and time to be announced).

“It is appropriate and deserving that we launch the season by honoring Joe’s accomplishments,” said Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix.  “It will be a tremendous event for a very special person and hockey player.  We can’t put into words what he meant to this franchise and to our hockey fans.

“Joe’s numbers and records speak for themselves.  He’s been the face of the franchise for two complete decades and his impact on this team and this city cannot be overstated.  By retiring number 19, we are honoring one of the finest professionals in the history of the National Hockey League and we are bidding farewell to one of the greatest individuals in pro sports.”

Sakic’s 19 will be the third sweater number to be retired in the 14-year history of the Colorado Avalanche, joining Ray Bourque (77) and Patrick Roy (33).  Sakic will be the seventh player in franchise history to have his sweater number retired, as the Quebec Nordiques retired the jerseys of Peter Stastny (26), Michel Goulet (16), Marc Tardif (8) and J.C. Tremblay (3).

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Sakic Officially Retires

DENVER – Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic announced today that after 20 seasons and 1,378 games with the same organization, he has played his final game in the NHL.

“After having the privilege of playing for 20 years, I’m leaving the game of hockey with nothing but great memories and a sense of accomplishment,” said Sakic.  “The game has given me more than I ever dreamed of, and for that I am truly grateful.”

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Watch The Sakic Press Conference

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club has scheduled a press conference, which will take place on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. MT.

At this time, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic will make a special announcement regarding his hockey career.

ColoradoAvalanche.com will provide a live video stream of the press conference, so be sure to check back on Thursday.

added 2:05pm, The NHL Network will also be broadcasting the press conference.

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The Better Player- Sakic Or Yzerman?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’ll weigh in with my choice later, but let’s hear it from you all first.

A couple of stats:

Yzerman 3 Cups, Sakic 2.
Yzerman 1,755 points, Sakic 1,641.
Career playoff points: Sakic 188, Yzerman 185.
Postseason goals: Sakic 84, Yzerman 70.
Conn Smythe trophies: Sakic 1, Yzerman 1.
Olympic MVP awards: Sakic 1, Yzerman 0.

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Sakic Announcement

via the Colorado Avalanche, Joe Sakic will make a special announcement regarding his hockey career at 3:00pm ET on Thursday, July 9th.

Numereous speculation traveling around the web right now, but I personally feel Joe deserves and has earned the right to speak for himself.  Therefore, I will not be posting any updates on this unless Sakic himself speaks on this subject.

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All Ryan Smyth

Ryan talks about his decision to waive his NMC and a few other topice with Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Question: You talked about some of the discussion with your family. What were some of the factors you weighed?

SMYTH: “Obviously we have a beautiful home in Colorado, so we had to weigh the factors of all that stuff, and moving. Then you look at the hockey front. (The Avalanche) came to me and said they wanted to rebuild, and money was an issue, and obviously that goes hand in hand with my issue and my contract. It was mutual at the end of the day, and I have nothing but great things to say about Colorado.’‘

Question: Playing in Colorado, you’ve had a chance to get a decent look at the Kings. What are your impressions?

SMYTH: “Watching these young kids play, and to see the energy and excitement and the direction the organization is going in, there’s nothing but upside. I’m honored to be a part of it and I hope I can contribute a lot.’‘

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Smyth A King

from TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche have traded Ryan Smyth to the Los Angeles Kings.

The 33-year old posted 26 goals and 33 assists in 77 games last season.

Smyth spent most of the first 12 seasons of his career with the Oilers, but after failing to reach a contract agreement, was dealt to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline in 2007.

In that off-season he signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the Avalanche.

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added 11:25pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Ryan Smyth to Los Angeles for D Kyle Quincey, D Tom Priessing and a 5th round pick

added 11:53pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has acquired defensemen Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing, along with a fifth round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Ryan Smyth. The trade is conditional upon the players passing a physical.

“We are pleased to be adding two quality NHL defensemen,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman.  “Kyle and Tom are both versatile players who can contribute at both ends. They will add defensive depth to our lineup.”

added 7/04/09 12:05am, via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

By the way, there has been a report that Alex Tanguay will re-sign with the Avalanche to replace Smyth. That will NOT happen. Tanguay is not coming back to the Avalanche, period.

My sources tell me Tanguay could be signing with the Phoenix Coyotes. But that is not a done deal at this point.

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Anderson Always Wanted To Play For The Avs

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

It used to be everybody wanted to come to Denver to play for the Avalanche. Not so, anymore, as a last-place finish and a much tighter payroll have taken some of the luster off Colorado as an NHL destination.

To Craig Anderson, however, the Avalanche might as well still be considered Shangri-La.

Spurning offers from several other teams, Anderson signed a two-year, $3.6 million free-agent contract with the Avs on Wednesday and is expected to be the team’s No. 1 goalie this coming season.

“It’s a dream come true,” Anderson said. “It was the place I wanted to be, a city I’ve always loved. I think it’s a great opportunity for me, and I want to be part of the solution bringing the team back.”

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Koci Signs with Colorado

According to the TSN tracker, David Koci has now signed with the Colorado Avalanche for 1 year, 575K.

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Report:  Avalanche Sign Craig Anderson

From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:

Just heard from a source that the Avs have signed Craig Anderson to a 2-year deal. I’ll confirm soon whether that’s fact or not.

More here later.

Update 1:43pm ET: Dater confirms deal is done

Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the Avalanche—

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free agent goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.

“In Craig we feel we have addressed a very important need within our organization,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman.  “His overall performance last year was very impressive and he is entering the prime years of his career.”

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