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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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Sakic’s Goal Is To Play This Season

from Craig Stancher of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

In a welcome sight, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic was on the ice this morning before the rest of the team went through its morning skate at Pepsi Center….

While Sakic didn’t speak to reporters this morning, Avalanche head coach Tony Granato stated that his captain’s goal remains the same - to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.

“Joe wants to play, so I’d like to see Joe, obviously, get in good enough shape and feel good enough to get back on the ice in a game,” said Granato. “That’s been his goal since the injury. It was great to see him out on the ice.”

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Revenue-Sharing May Be Headed To Colorado

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

There is a good chance that for the first time, the Avalanche will receive revenue-sharing money from the NHL after this season.

Despite a well-heeled owner in Stan Kroenke and a reputation for years as one of the NHL’s “rich teams,” the Avs could qualify to receive revenue in this, their worst season ever.

There are plenty of complications and caveats as part of the NHL’s revenue-sharing system, and it won’t be decided until this summer, but the basics are that the league’s 10 lowest revenue-producing teams qualify to receive subsidies from the league’s financially better-performing clubs.

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Looking At Coach Patrick Roy

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Roy carries baggage—his temper, especially—but a lot of that luggage is high-end, Louis Vuitton-type stuff. He has conspicuous passion and undeniable hockey smarts. He also has an ability to motivate, at least at a junior level. While his combustibility might be incompatible with coaching pros, eventually some team is going to find out about his upside.

The one thing Roy does not have is the ability to sell tickets….

If Colorado does want Roy, it should be because they think he can remake the team, run a bench and handle players. The Avalanche should want him for the right reasons—as a coach, not a marketing tool.

more and some “tanking” talk too…

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For The Sake Of The #1 Pick, Avs Should Continue To Lose

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

This is why, if I were the owner of a last-place pro sports team, I would be involved in a mega-scandal involving thrown games: If I’m Stan Kroenke right now, my pregame message to the Avalanche the rest of the season would be: “This is a must-lose game tonight. Now go out there and tank it for the team!”

Should the Avs tank it so they can get the first pick in June’s NHL draft? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

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Tough Year For Tucker

from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post,

It has been one awful season for Darcy Tucker. The hoped-for rejuvenation of his career, with the Rocky Mountains as his scenic backdrop, did not exactly go as planned.

“This year’s been a tough year personally,” said Tucker, signed by the Avalanche last summer to a two-year, $4.5 million free-agent contract. “But all you can do is work every day; just come to the rink and try to have each day get better.”...

Tucker is a no-nonsense man who doesn’t engage in long, philosophical conversations about himself. He knows he hasn’t played well and says so. But one factor that contributed to the worst season of his career — torn knee ligaments suffered in a game at Anaheim on Nov. 24 — is something Tucker could use as a crutch. But he won’t.

“I’m not the type of guy who gets those things and tries to make excuses out of them,” Tucker said. “It’s part of playing hockey, and you’ve got to battle through them. And I haven’t done a good enough job of doing that.”

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Officials Keep Avs In The Game Against Canucks

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

After a team gets up two or three goals in this league, there is always a parade to the penalty box on marginal calls in favour of the trailing team. In this case, it was the Colorado Avalanche who were the benefactors.

As soon as the second period began, suddenly the Canucks, who didn’t need to take any penalties, found themselves down and then down two men and the Avalanche were back in the game on a power-play goal.

The Avs were the same struggling team a step behind the play as they were in the first period, but the officiating kept the game close until Vancouver had to play so much defence and worry so much about taking a penalty that they got tentative and Colorado got their legs.

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Smyth Hopes To Quiet The Edmonton Crowd

via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

“Of course, we want to go in there and beat ‘em, be a spoiler,” Smyth said. “And we’re still not mathematically out of it ourselves. So, it’s a big game for us too.”

The Avs entered Friday in 15th place overall in the Western Conference, 11 points out of the eighth — and last — playoff spot with 14 games left.

A “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast, in front of what will be a sold-out crowd, is always a great time in a city such as Edmonton. Smyth, who experienced many such nights with the Oilers, said few things compare.

“It’s an awesome atmosphere,” he said. “It’s going to be an energized building, and it’s exciting to play in. But we want to come out with the win, and we want to make it a quieter building.”

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