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Sakic Undecided On His Future

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

We might not see Joe Sakic this year after all.

The Avalanche captain and franchise icon met with the media this morning, and while saying it remains his goal to play before the season is over April 12, he isn’t sure it will happen. Citing a loss of strength in his left leg – aftereffects of back surgery to repair a herniated disc and sciatic nerve damage to the leg – Sakic said it may not be possible to fulfill his goal.

“I lost a lot of strength in my leg,” Sakic said. “I’m not too sure where we stand yet. I’m just trying to work as hard as I can to make it back. Next week is obviously going to decide a lot.”

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Part Of The Avalanche Problems - Failed Management

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

How far have they fallen?

The Colorado Avalanche are last in the Western Conference.

They had lost seven in a row going into Wednesday’s game in Denver against Phoenix. They’re in a chase of the Islanders for the league’s overall basement that has the most wacko of conspiracy theorists musing that it’s such a “tank” job, the Pepsi Center Zambonis might as well be painted to resemble World War II-era Shermans.

But the truth is, the combination of injuries and the effects of management failures in the past few seasons have led to the Avalanche having a lineup on most nights during the stretch run that simply is in over its head.

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Tough Year For Budaj

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

This was to be Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj’s chance to take the next step — asserting himself as an unquestioned standout No. 1 for an entire season . . . and beyond.

By any standard of judgment, whether statistical or eyeball, Budaj has failed to do that this season.

“I definitely haven’t taken advantage of that chance,” Budaj said Tuesday after the Avalanche’s practice at the Family Sports Center. “The organization has been great. They stood behind me for the entire year. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get it done the way I wanted, and I’m pretty sure not the way they wanted….”

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Spend Some Money On The Avalanche

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

Revenir au pouvoir, Pierre, Patrick, Bob, Eric and Joe.

Come back, Avs, come back.

Stan Kroenke — who owns the Avalanche, the Nuggets, the Rapids and the Mammoth, the arena, the soccer stadium and the Paramount Theatre (and, for all I know, my house) — has just forked over about $60 million to purchase another 5,000 shares of Arsenal and now owns 20.5 percent of the English Premier League football (soccer) club — and could be negotiating to buy out Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith.

As an aside, because of the tumultuous economy, Kroenke Sports Enterprises has laid off an unspecified number of personnel who did not make nearly $70 million altogether.

Hey, Stan The Man, can you spare some change for the Avalanche?

Aren’t the Avs as important as the Ars?

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Evening Line

“It’s a nightmare. I’m embarrassed. Hopefully my teammates are embarrassed. I’ve been in bad situations, but this is the worst of my career. 15 goals in two games? I mean, we have to have more pride than that, to show that we care more about one another. I know it’s tough; guys can use the injury factor. But what can you do - quit?”

-Ian Laperriere of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to the Ducks.  More from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.

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Colorado Thinking Rebuild

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

It is a word teams are loathe to use, because it implies the current situation is broken. But Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke used the “R” word when discussing his thoughts on his last-place hockey team.

“I think we have some rebuilding to do,” Kroenke said. “We’ve been good for so long, I don’t think we’ve been able to do that. But every now and then you’ve got to take a deep breath and rebuild. It may be time.”...

No matter who is in charge, radically overhauling the roster for next season won’t be easy. The Avs have nearly $44 million devoted to 13 players for 2009-10, and the NHL’s current salary cap of $56.7 million isn’t expected to change much. That means the Avs could have only around $13 million with which to sign 10 players to fill out the roster. And included in players not signed for next season are captain Joe Sakic and a goalie.

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Stastny Out Again

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that center Paul Stastny will miss 2-4 weeks due to a broken foot. 

“A CT scan taken yesterday (March 24) revealed the fracture in his foot,” said Avalanche team physician Dr. Andrew Parker.

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Are We About To See The End Of Joe Sakic?

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Months after undergoing back surgery and also suffering three broken fingers and tendon damage in a losing faceoff with a snowblower, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic has started skating again….

The goal, it seems, is for him to be back in the lineup for the final few games of the regular season — which in this case means the final few games of the Avalanche’s season, period.

This all begs the question: What the heck for?...

The only reason for him to try to play again this season, even if it’s only the back-to-back home games against St. Louis and Vancouver in the final weekend, on April 11 and 12, is to wave goodbye.

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The Softer Side Of Ian Laperriere

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

About a dozen current and former patients from The Children’s Hospital in Denver, along with family members, strolled through the room to pose for pictures with players who happily chatted with the youngsters and signed autographs.

Not surprisingly, forward Ian Laperriere’s locker was the most popular destination for the kids. A hard-nosed agitator on the ice, “Lappy” is a soft touch away from the rink, especially when it comes to children.

“Everybody stopped by and talked to the kids and put a smile on their face,” he says. “I just can’t imagine being in their shoes. For me and my teammates, we know we’re lucky in life, being in the NHL. If we can change these kids’ lives for even a minute ...

read on and nice to see Rick (formerly of the Rocky Mountain News) continue his hockey writing.

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One Bad Loss

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...I remember the 7-0 loss to Detroit in Game 7 of the 2002 Western finals. I remember a loss in Tampa one night in which the Avs held about a 40 minute team meeting, and I pretty much missed my deadline and the whole thing was a mess for a while with the whole club.

But, honestly folks, I don’t think I ever saw an Avalanche team that showed so little competitive spirit as Colorado’s effort tonight against Edmonton. I tried hard to think about anything that came close, and I don’t think I can. It was the first time I’ve ever watched the Avalanche in which, not only all three parts of their game were utterly incompetent, but in such a way that truly nobody seemed to even care about it.

I won’t mention any names, but I saw a couple of Avs players after this one standing in the halls, laughing and telling jokes with friends. Meanwhile, I saw Ben Guite still sitting in his uniform well after the game, staring off into the room.

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