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Lacroix Misses the Adrenaline

From Dave Krieger at the Rocky Mountain News,

Pierre Lacroix never has been big on publicity. As an agent for 21 years and general manager of one of the NHL’s most successful franchises for another 13, he shunned the limelight and met with the wretches at news conferences only when he had something important to tell us.

So receding into the background 16 months ago when he kicked himself upstairs to be president of the Avalanche was not the difficult part. Letting go of the adrenaline highs from a lifetime of deal making and competition was something else again.

continued…

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, pierre+lacroix

Coaching the Avs

From Aaron J. Lopez at the Rocky Mountain News,

For nearly three decades, Joel Quenneville has been wielding a stick and some blades in the NHL, first as a player, then as a coach. If all goes as expected, when he stands behind the Avalanche bench Jan. 9 in Washington, he will join Jacques Lemaire and Bob Pulford as the only people in NHL history to coach and play in at least 800 games (Quenneville played 803 games in 13 seasons).

While Quenneville takes pride in the personal milestone, his mind is focused on guiding the Avalanche to the playoffs after missing the postseason for the first time since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995.

continued… (*a short Q&A session with the Avs coach)

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Laperriere Will Protect Colorado Stars

from the Denver Post,

The affable Laperriere has been fighting throughout training camp and the preseason, making sure everyone on his team and around the league knows they’ll have to go through him to get to Colorado’s numerous (and healthy) stars, including additions Ryan Smyth, Scott Hannan and Jaroslav Hlinka.

Lappy’s face is a mess, and he’s proud of it. He has multiple cuts around his nose, which has been pointing toward his right ear for years, and a black eye. He exceeds the definition of toughness and team pride, and uses those things to defend his teammates and provide motivation during rough times.

read on

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, ian+laperriere

The Right Time for Stastny

From Mike Chambers at the Denver Post,

In the past year, Avalanche center Paul Stastny has gone from a longshot to make the team to an emerging NHL star. Credit his genes, or the opportunity he was given because of injuries, but good luck finding anyone who thinks Stastny made a mistake by forgoing his final two years at the University of Denver.

In hindsight, even Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky believes Stastny, the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, made the right move turning pro in July 2006.

continued…

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, paul+stastny

Jaroslav Hlinka- Rookie At Age 30

from the Denver Post,

Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said Hlinka “has had a great camp. ... His poise and patience with the puck, his play selection, are all high end. Being around top players who have a lot of skill, he plays right into that, feeds off of that.”

Was Quenneville skeptical about taking a look at a 30-year-old rookie?

“Well, it’s opportunity,” Quenneville said. “He’s playing at the top level over there, and he’s the top scorer over there, and it can be a matter of giving some guys a break, or having them get discovered. Or some guys just mature a little bit later. ... He’s given us every indication that he can handle this, no problem, and I think he can help our hockey club.”

more

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, jaroslav+hlinka

Fighting Smyth

from the Denver Post,

Choosing to fight Smyth, who is playing on the top line with Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette, appeared inexcusable, like a Broncos defensive lineman trying to beat up quarterback Jay Cutler. It also appeared that Laperriere’s fight with Love was meant to send a message that you don’t mess with high-salary, skilled forwards like Smyth.

Afterward, the players presented a different picture. Turns out that Smyth, who signed a five-year, $31.25 million contract in July, picked the fight with Love, and Laperriere only fought Love to remind Smyth that he will be handling his dirty work.

more on the Avs…

added 8:14am, The Denver Post also has a nice feauture on Steve Konowalchuk.

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, fighting, ryan+smyth, steve+konowalchuk

Theodore Wants His Status Back

from the Rocky Mountain News,

But the Avalanche’s 31-year- old goalie first needs to recover from the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent Aug. 29 after a magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a problem.

Theodore called the surgery “a minor thing” and said there’s no specific timetable for when he can play in a preseason game. He’s concentrating on rehabilitation while maintaining his conditioning.

“I’m making good progress,” he said. “I’m anxious to put the equipment on.”

After watching Peter Budaj start 39 of the final 46 games last season, Theodore also is eager to prove he’s capable of being an elite goalie again.

“I’m looking forward to regaining the status I had,” he said.

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Smyth & Sakic Have Fun Together

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,

“A dream come true - playing with a future Hall of Famer and also Andrew Brunette,” Smyth told The Canadian Press from Denver. “They threw us right together from the get-go.”

“I played with him a bit on Team Canada so I know him a little bit,” Sakic said Friday. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Right off the bat they’re trying to set the lines and get that chemistry going to get off to a good start.”

more

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  Tags: joe+sakic, ryan+smyth

Smyth Would Like To Be An Oiler Killer

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Now that he’s a member of the Avalanche, having signed a five-year, $31.25 million contract on July 1, Smyth can set his sights on other targets.

“Well, hopefully I can be an Oiler killer,” Smyth said Thursday after undergoing medical and physical tests at the Pepsi Center, the first official day of training camp. “Some teams you play well against, some teams you don’t. I don’t know about impressions. You go out and play and perform and you try to do it every night, but it just so happened to work out against these guys.”

more

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Line Of The Day

from Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love,

Why is it that every time you see a new jersey in the RBK EDGE style, it looks like it is apologizing? It’s like it wants to say, “Hey, sorry about this, but it isn’t my fault. I’m just designed this way.”

read on for his review of the Avs new sweater…

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