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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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Avs Talk

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

My money is on Marty Biron or Ty Conklin being the next Avs’ starting goalie, with Boods as the backup.

There was a report in the Ottawa Sun today, too, saying Sakic will play one more year. The paper has a one in two chance of being right, but I have not heard that as a fact from my people, so we’ll keep waiting to see.

read on for some ‘Monster’ talk…

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Time To Retire Joe

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

It’s time to say goodbye, Joe Sakic.

This town isn’t big enough for you and Matt Duchene, an 18-year-old wunderkind the Avalanche desperately needs to be the fresh, new face of an NHL franchise whose golden reputation has turned old and gray.

When a boy who grew up idolizing a framed Sakic jersey is old enough to be counted on to save the local pro hockey team, that can be regarded as a sign it’s time for Captain Joe to go….

New Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said he has met with Sakic and has been informed by the greatest player in team history that the decision on his future has been made, but an announcement must wait until later in the summer.

OK, we can all live with those conditions. No hurry. Sakic should be allowed to say goodbye on his own terms.

After 20 NHL seasons of service to a single hockey franchise, the Avalanche cannot really afford to have Sakic hang around any longer.

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Sakic Knows What His Plans Are

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic has made up his mind what he’ll do next season. But whether the Avalanche captain has decided to retire or play a 21st NHL season remains a mystery.

Avs general manager Greg Sherman said Friday night he met with Sakic recently in Denver and received word from him what his plans are. But Sherman would not say what they are, and said it could be a week or more before a public announcement is made.

The team said Sakic, who turns 40 on July 7, is going on a family vacation, and nothing will be announced until at least after he returns.

“He made his intentions clear, and in the coming weeks it will be addressed,” Sherman said.

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Konowalchuk, Deadmarsh Added To Avs Coaching Staff

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Steve Konowalchuk as assistant coach. In addition, the club announced that Adam Deadmarsh will serve as the team’s video/development coach.

The former Avalanche players join a coaching staff that includes head coach Joe Sacco and assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre.

“We’re very excited to add Steve and Adam to our staff,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “Both have a level of familiarity with the Avalanche organization, and we’re confident they will provide our club with the same passion and commitment they showed as players.”

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Deadmarsh Interviews For Avalanche Front Office Position

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Adam Deadmarsh could soon be coming back to the Avalanche.

His playing days are over, but Deadmarsh has interviewed for a management position with the Avs organization, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Avs vice president Jean Martineau said that while Deadmarsh is not up for the team’s vacant second assistant coaching position, he has interviewed for another management job and is being strongly considered.

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What Is Colorado Thinking?

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Like a lot of things this summer involving the Avalanche, it doesn’t make much sense. Ian Laperriere, heart-and-soul forward, fan favorite and locker-room leader, will no longer be on the team after July 1.

That in itself is not the part that is mystifying. It’s not unreasonable a team would want to jettison a 35-year-old player, with 40 goals in the 307 games he played with the Avs. The Avs want to get younger, and maybe a little cheaper. We get that.

But why in the world are the Avs letting Lappy go for nothing — contract talks have essentially ended between him and the team — when the Avs probably could have gotten a pretty nice draft pick from another NHL team at the trade deadline? Why did a team that was out of the playoff picture not deal one of its more marketable assets, especially when the team knew Laperriere could become an unrestricted free agent and wanted a raise?

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Avs Need A New President

from David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette,

Here’s what the Colorado Avalanche needs:

A new president.

Pierre Lacroix once reigned as an NHL master, but he’s lost his touch and the Avs have lost their way. They were awful this season, and there’s little hope for recovery in the near future.

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