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Duchene Signs Entry Level Contract

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed first-round draft choice Matt Duchene to a three-year, entry-level contract.

“Matt is an integral part of our future,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “He is a very skilled, two-way player with a strong work ethic and great character.  We’re excited to have him under contract and look forward to him participating in training camp this fall.”

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What’s Going On With The Avalanche?

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche, once the envy of so many NHL cities because of the assembled talent and the sellout streak that ultimately reached 487 games, now has been transformed into a franchise jumping on the chance to “get young” and “rebuild” with a little too much enthusiasm.

That enthusiasm is all about money….

Now, in the wake of Joe Sakic’s retirement, it looks as if the Avalanche will end up with major cap room for next season. The rationalization will be leaving more room for flexibility in the future in what everyone knows has to be a rebuilding process.

Detroit isn’t the model. The model is Pittsburgh, which had elite draft choices and a payroll that has increased as their phenoms (e.g., Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury) matured and got beyond their first contracts. But this also is coming off as an ownership mandate that, well, the Avs are going to be rotten, anyway, so they might as well cut payroll to threaten the league-mandated minimum of $40.8 million.

Rebuilding doesn’t have to be the excuse for a complete scorched-earth policy.

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All Joe Sakic

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

His voice quavering almost as soon as he reached the podium, Joe Sakic made it official today – after a distinguished 20-year career, he is retiring from the NHL

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also from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“He’s had an outstanding, brilliant career,” Gretzky said. “He’s been a tremendous asset to the National Hockey League. He’s been a Stanley Cup champion and just as important he was a huge part of the [Olympic] gold medal in 2002.

“He was a winner. The thing about Joe is he did it with so much class and so much dignity. He is very humble, very quiet, almost shy. But when he got on the ice he was dynamic and very unselfish. The thing about Joe is that he worked hard every shift, every game.”

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What they are saying about Joe Sakic and the top 10 Sakic moments below…

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The NHL Network & Joe Sakic

added 2:53pm, Watch the Sakic press conference below… Live Event!

NEW YORK/TORONTO – NHL Network will be live at 3 p.m. ET today to provide coverage of the announcement of the retirement of Joe Sakic, the long-time captain of the Colorado Avalanche. The two-hour live program will feature an in-depth look at Sakic’s 20-year NHL career and will be hosted by Dan Pollard and analyst Dave Reid, who played with Sakic on the Colorado Avalanche’s 2001 Stanley Cup winning team. Additional guests scheduled to call in to the show include Ray Bourque, Steve Yzerman and Peter Forsberg.

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Sakic Never Took A Shift Off

from John F. Molinaro of CBC Sports,

Nothing impressed me more about Joe than the sheer drive he displayed every time he took to the ice,” Marc Crawford, now coach of the Dallas Stars, told CBCSports.ca.

Crawford should know, having coached Sakic for four seasons and winning a Stanley Cup together in 1996. Calling him a natural leader, Crawford said Sakic had a great hockey mind, and understood the game better than most of his contemporaries.

“It’s funny, because I never felt I really coached him; it was more like I collaborated with him,” Crawford explained.

Possessing brilliant hockey instincts, Sakic went about his business in a workmanlike fashion, becoming one of the premier players in the NHL in the process.

Playing against him was no picnic, according to former Edmonton Oilers forward Craig Simpson.

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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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