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Koci Didn’t Try To Hurt Green

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talked to David Koci briefly today. He’s sorry for the hit on Washington’s Mike Green. That almost certainly won’t stop a suspension of him from happening by the NHL (they probably won’t hand down a ruling until tomorrow or Saturday), but here’s what he had to say:

continue for the video of Koci saying his “focus was not to hurt someone”...

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Koci Hit On Green

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The game was marred by a major boarding penalty by Avs enforcer David Koci to star Washington defenseman Mike Green in the second period, a hit from behind that left Green down for a few minutes, bleeding from the head. Koci almost surely will face a suspension from the NHL over the hit, and Washington coach Bruce Boudreau was livid over it.

“Please, the guy’s got one goal in six years. He couldn’t play in the American League,” Boudreau said. “I’ve faced David Koci an awful lot, he might be a nice guy, I have no idea. I’m glad he’s making a living, but if this is any game, he gets on the ice for the first three minutes, he gets into his fight with the guy and then he sits at the end of the bench, so what good is he?

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Duchene Looking Forward To First Match Against Ovechkin

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Matt Duchene spoke with a slight lisp Monday morning, the result of just having work done on a chipped front tooth. Although the prized Avs rookie missed the team’s optional practice because of it, it would take a lot more than that to keep him out of tonight’s game against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

“It’s going to be very cool. Obviously, he’s one of the best players in the league,” Duchene said. “I know I can pick up a lot of great things from him. To be able to play against him, it’s going to be great. He’s pretty exciting and a guy I’ve really watched and admired growing up.”

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Attendance Issue For Avs Continue

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Not going to keep beating this horse, but…11,448 last night for the Flames-Avs game, a showdown for first place in the Northwest Division. Folks, what gives? That was on a Family Night deal, too, where tickets and a meal averaged less than $25.

One question I have is: has the advent of HDTV made it less imperative to go to the games? Is the picture so good on TV now that, in effect, teams are hurting themselves by looking so good on TV?

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Keane Remembered In Denver

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Is Mike Keane not one of the best sports stories out there?

Keane returns to Denver on Tuesday night to be honored by the Avalanche as part of its Alumni Night series this season. Of course, the Avs had to find a night on the Moose’s schedule when they weren’t playing to get Keane to visit.

Keane is in the middle of his fifth consecutive season with the Moose, playing for chump change after 1,161 games of making NHL money. At this point, Keane really is playing for the love of the game, as it seems hopeless any NHL team will give him another chance.

He has been eyed by many NHL teams, but only as a coach or a front- office guy. But Keane stubbornly resists, believing he can still be of good use to a team in a jersey and skates, not a suit.

I have a lot of great memories as a writer covering Keane. He was always a personal favorite, not just because he gave a great quote — who can forget his “They’re all a bunch of homers” rip on the Red Wings in 1997? — but because he was smart and funny and a merciless needler.

read on

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Avs Trying To Find Their Identity

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

But except for the die-hard fanatic who wears a Nordiques sweater to the Pepsi Center and can recite penalty-kill percentages by heart, this is a hockey franchise in transition with the hearts of the general sports populace. It’s going to take some time to warm up to these Avs, regardless of how many games they win.

That might help explain why Avalanche management had an extended dalliance with Patrick Roy when the team went looking for a new coach, before settling on Joe Sacco, whose no-nonsense, straightforward approach certainly grabs the attention of young players but doesn’t make headline news.

This is a Colorado team in search of a personality.

“I really don’t know,” Sacco said, when I asked the rookie coach how well the Avs had established their own style of hockey. “We keep pushing the style of play that we want to play and how we need to play to be successful. The message comes from me and our leaders too. We’re just a team that’s not going to quit; we’re going to keep coming.”

This is a hockey franchise in need of some new heroes.

And that is where Stastny and Anderson need to step it up.

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Avs Continue With Their Winning Ways

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

This isn’t cause for Mayor John Hickenlooper to start planning a parade, but it at least helped get Avalanche coach Joe Sacco in a good enough mood to call off practice Tuesday.

Colorado regained first place in the Northwest Division on Monday night with a 4-0 victory at St. Louis, and it stayed there when the Calgary Flames lost 2-1 at Los Angeles in a game that ended as the Avalanche was en route back to Denver.

Also, the Avalanche is back in second place in the Western Conference, behind only San Jose, and will be there going into tonight’s game against Minnesota at the Pepsi Center because all three of the teams a point behind Colorado — Calgary, Chicago and Los Angeles — didn’t play Tuesday night.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t add or deduct points in the standings for perceptions and expectations, so it doesn’t matter that each Avalanche misstep so far this season generally is viewed as a sign that a slide down the standings is inevitable.

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Foote Finally Back In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

For almost two years since Adam Foote walked out on the Blue Jackets at the NHL trade deadline, fans have waited for the former captain to walk back into Nationwide Arena.

Foote missed both trips to Columbus last season with the Colorado Avalanche because of an injured triceps, but he’s expected to be in uniform for a game tonight.

“I’ll be ready for whatever,” Foote said, when asked what kind of crowd reaction he expected. “It’s a business. The (Blue Jackets) have moved on, and I’ve moved on. I had a great time when I was here. I got to see a young team changing.

“I’ve moved onto something else, and they’re still going forward, which is good for them and the fans.”

The story of Foote’s departure has become part of Blue Jackets’ lore.

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Avs David Jones Out With Torn ACL

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Colorado, which fell to 14-8-5 for the season and two points behind Calgary in the Northwest Division, got worse news about 45 minutes after the game ended, well after Avalanche coach Joe Sacco and the players had talked to the media and, in most cases, left the building.

Winger David Jones, injured when Minnesota’s Chuck Kobasew fell into him near the Colorado blue line with 5:09 remaining in regulation, was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The initial prognosis was that he would require surgery and be out for four to six months, and anything but the short end of that scale means he is out at least the remainder of the regular season.

more plus a look at the Avs loss to the Wild last night…

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Avs Need To Pick-Up Their Game

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There are a lot of positive things about the Avs’ situation right now and I’ve written all of them. But it’s time for a trip to the woodshed.

To wit:

_Slashing penalty taken by Darcy Tucker with under 10 minutes left, leading to the winning goal.

_Guys like David Jones shying away from contact near the red line and icing the puck instead of taking the extra stride, taking the hit and getting it in deep. Those kinds of things tell one thing to the opposition: this team is soft, we can hit ‘em and win that way….

John Liles was terrible today, and has been the last three games. He’s making over $4 million a year, and simply has to be better. He needs to get the puck OUT of the zone quicker and more efficiently and he needs to make quicker decisions with the puck offensively – a frequent problem.

Craig Anderson wasn’t very good today, and probably hasn’t been all week. A couple of basketball-sized rebounds, especially on the first goal against. Can’t get on Andy as the root of the problem lately, but the magic act of the first month isn’t there right now.

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