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from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
Based on predictions by a number of hockey pundits, the Avalanche’s chances of even qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2008-09 are pretty much non-existent….
“They said that last year, too,” forward Ian Laperriere said. “OK, let’s not play. Who won the Cup? They said Detroit again? We’ll throw the season away and not play then. Those magazines, it drives me nuts. So let’s not play. Let’s go home.
“We’ve got a good mix of young guys, older guys, grit and skill. Not everybody can be like Detroit. But with the skill and the mix of grit, we’re the closest thing to a team that can beat a team like Detroit.”
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Talking to some of my Swedish buds, there is growing optimism that Peter Forsberg will be able to play this season - and maybe sooner than the Christmas-at-the-earliest previous scenario.
As Foppa himself would say, though, “we’ll see.” But the people I’ve talked to say his foot is doing better than expected, and that he’s itching to continue his career.
more on the Avs…
Just in case you wanted to know what Adam Foote did this summer…
via the Huronia Business Times,
NHL star Adam Foote was a Tottenham Dairy Queen employee on Aug. 7, as part of the company’s annual DQ Miracle Treat Day. All proceeds from the sales of Blizzard treats that day were donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.
From the Colorado Avalanche:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract.
“I am happy to announce the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season. As the only captain of the Avalanche, his record of achievement speaks for itself. Having him return is great for our franchise and community, but also for the game of hockey.”
“Ultimately it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing,” said Sakic. “I’m comfortable with my conditioning and my overall health. I’m ready for the start of camp and am looking forward to the upcoming season.”
Update 5:33pm ET:
According to Adrian Dater, Sakic’s one year deal is for $6 million.
from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,
In search of a soulmate ever since his brother-in-law Shayne Corson packed it in, Darcy Tucker may have found the answer in the mountain air of Colorado. After giving up his head coaching role when Joel Quenneville came aboard, Tony Granato is back as bench boss of the Avalanche and played a huge role in enticing Tucker to Denver…. Unless Joe Sakic returns, it could be tough for the Avalanche to make the play-offs. But surrounded by veterans such as Ryan Smyth and Adam Foote, at least Tucker will be in the company of like-minded warriors.
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“I’m anxious to get going. I’m excited about coming to Colorado. I definitely want to show people that I’ve still got some good hockey left in me.”
-Andrew Raycroft at the Denver Post where you can read more on him from Adrian Dater…
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
But I’ll go on record right now and say his decision will be to come back. There are too many clues to say otherwise.
Among them: Sakic is still working out hard. If you were about to retire after two decades in the NHL, would you still want to hit the gym every morning, or might you want to tip back a few every afternoon on the 19th hole?
When he talks to teammates, he’s still using the word “we,” not “them.” True, Gordie Howe still refers to the Red Wings as “we” when he talks about them, but that didn’t happen for at least a decade after he left Detroit and played in Houston and Hartford.
Colorado Avalanche star Joe Sakic told a Denver radio station on Monday that it has been difficult deciding whether to return for a 20th NHL season, and he will make up his mind soon.
“I will say I don’t want this to linger too much longer. I should make my final decision pretty soon,” Sakic told radio station KJCD. “Whatever that is, I want to make sure it’s 100 per cent sure.”...
“At the end of the year, to be honest with you, I didn’t know if I was going to come back,” he told the radio station. “I needed that time to really think about my future. It was a tougher decision than I thought it was going to be at the end of the year.”
added 2:12pm, more from Sakic…
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
“It’s just how I feel,” he said. “At the end of the year, to be honest with you, I didn’t know if I was going to come back. I needed that time to really think about my future. It was a tougher decision than I thought it was going to be at the end of the year. . . It’s all about whether I feel I’m ready to go another year. That’s the biggest thing for me: Am I prepared to do what it takes to be successful for another year. I know how much time you have to put in off the ice because playing hockey is the easy part.”
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
This was just a casual skate-around, but Foppa is slated to play in a charity game with a Swedish team named the Icebreakers this week. And, it makes me wonder how bad his foot problems are at the moment, if he’s doing this stuff.
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
I don’t think you’ll see Mats come back to the organization that drafted him and he began his career with (yes, he is a former Nordique, a former teammate of Joe Sakic’s even)....
There’s no way the Avs are going to match that $10 million offer of Vancouver’s, if it came to that, even if Sakic retired. First off, $10 million is about all the Avs have under the salary cap right now, without having Sakic back. They’re not going to blow it all on a 39-year-old center whose best days are well behind him (and, yes, I’m talking about Sundin here, not Sakic!).
added 7:40am, from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
While Sundin has remained mum on his future, observers in Sweden say his actions speak loudly.
For about the past 15 years, Sundin has been the organizer of informal summer skates among NHL players based in Sweden. Those workouts are set to begin Aug. 11 at the Globen Arena.
Normally, this is when Sundin would be working the phones, making sure his countrymen know about the available ice. This summer, however, that task has fallen to someone else and Sundin, though he is in Stockholm, isn’t expected to attend.
“He’s not working out. It doesn’t seem like he plans to, he’s just golfing,” said one source.
Barry said the retirement possibility is “why this whole consideration is taking so long.”
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