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Avs a better team with McGinn on the roster?
The Colorado Avalanche were behind one of the few bigger trades of the deadline, as they sent Winnik, Galiardi and a 7th round pick to San Jose Sharks. In return they got Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa. To be honest, I don’t know much about the players the…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 02/28/12 | Comments 3

Something’s rotten in the state of Denver I.
Worst scenario would be going 0-3, and it’s not out of the question as the Avs have had a hard time getting points against division rivals this season. Well, the Avs did exactly what I was afraid of and went 0-3 on the road to negate their previous three-game winning…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 12/11/11 | Comments 2

Team MVP leads Avs to win.
The Colorado Avalanche faced off against theAmway Detroit Red Wings for the third time this season after being outscored 8-2 in the first two games. And lo and behold - this time the team got the result I was hoping for during Peter Forsberg’s jersey retirement night. After an uninspired…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 12/05/11 | Comments 12

Time to sack Sacco?
“Last Olympics, Ireland won a gold medal. Not even a number. A letter of the alphabet amount.”—Tommy Tiernan, Irish Comedian This joke hits a bit too close to home right now, as the Avs under Joe Sacco have only managed back-to-back regulation wins once in the last 74 games. He…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 11/29/11 | Comments 2

Sebastian Karlsson hit to the head.
It may not be relevant to the Colorado Avalanche, but I wanted to share this hit by Linköping’s Sebastian Karlsson on Magnus Kahnberg of Frölunda Indians HC I decided to post it since I figure it’s a very newsworthy story in Sweden and I want to share it with our…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 11/06/11 | Comments 7

Avs can be optimistic after loss
The Colorado Avalanche lost 6-7 in OT against the Dallas Stars in what Steve Martin would’ve referred to as a wild and crazy game. I still believe that the Avs have reason to feel cautiously optimistic after their loss, even though the team saw several defensive breakdowns and didn’t get…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 11/05/11 | Comments 0

Avs win in front of what passes for an audience.
The Colorado Avalanche won against the LA Kings, 3-2, after criticized Matt Duchene scored the game-winner early in the third period. It was the first win on home ice of the season, which would’ve been a horrible start to the season if it wasn’t for the Avs dominance in road…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 10/31/11 | Comments 5

Mueller close to return
– Though he won’t play tonight, the very good news on Peter Mueller is: he is available to play. But for tonight’s game against Toronto, Mueller is going to be listed as a healthy scratch. Coach Sacco wants Mueller to get more practices in before playing his next game. Mueller…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 10/17/11 | Comments 0

Matt Duchene needs to step up.
With a 4-1 start to the season and four straight wins on the road, the Avs are looking like a potential playoff team right now. Semyon Varlamov is providing the defence with a newfound sense of security, and even though the team let in five goals against the Canadiens on…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 10/17/11 | Comments 1

Avs best Bruins 1-0, question marks on the wing.
The Colorado Avalanche got a 1-0 win today against the Boston Bruins, with Semyon Varlamov holding on for the shutout. He has looked great in his first two games with his new team - none of the goals against Detroit could be blamed on him, and he was perfect against…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 10/10/11 | Comments 3

Concerns about Forsberg’s night.
The pre-season has ended, and I’m very much looking forward to Avalanche - Red Wings this saturday. Not only because of Peter Forsberg’s jersey retirement ceremony before the game, but also because my daughter will be baptized at the same time. Oh, and my fiancée will celebrate her 30th birthday…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 10/06/11 | Comments 7

Changing teams and fantasy hockey.
The move from Atlanta to Winnipeg has had me thinking over the last couple of months - how tied down am I to the Avalanche? And what would happen with my allegiances in the unlikely event of the Avs getting moved from Denver to become, say, the Las Vegas Indians…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 09/28/11 | Comments 0

Avalanche finish training camp.
I’m down and out with the flu, so I’m currently drinking a lot of my country’s equivalent to Nyquil - only ours contains morphine instead. The Avs finished training camp yesterday with the traditional Burgundy/White-game, and needless to say, I’m very very happy. Not so much about training camp. But…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 09/21/11 | Comments 4

Avs sign Cumiskey, logjam continues.
As per Adrian Dater, the Colorado Avalanche have signed Kyle Cumiskey to a one-year, two-way contract. If Cumiskey plays in the NHL, he will earn 708 000 dollars. If he plays in the AHL, his salary will be 105 000 dollars. The interesting aspect of this is that I would…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 09/09/11 | Comments 0

Avs sign Cumiskey, logjam continues.
As per Adrian Dater, the Colorado Avalanche have signed Kyle Cumiskey to a one-year, two-way contract. If Cumiskey plays in the NHL, he will earn 708 000 dollars. If he plays in the AHL, his salary will be 105 000 dollars. The interesting aspect of this is that I would…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 09/09/11 | Comments 0

A Burgundy Letter of Condolences.
Like everyone else here at Kuklaskorner, I wish I had something of a lighter nature to talk about today. This summer has been filled with death, and having to write another post about former players passing away so soon after my Wade Belak post is extra tough. I hoped that…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 09/08/11 | Comments 0

Former Av Wade Belak passes away.
Wade Belak was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques as the 12th overall pick in the 1994 draft. Although he only played 35 games over three seasons before being traded to the Calgary Flames (in the Theoren Fleury trade), he is still missed and mourned today. I think we’ll start this…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 09/01/11 | Comments 7

Goodbye Drury
I’m currently on a visit to my mother-in-law over the weekend. I brought the regular necessities - clothes, hygien articles, garlic, stake. I was playing with my daughter as my Iphone’s rss-feed reached me with news that aged me slightly - Chris Drury has retired. I hold Drury in high…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 08/19/11 | Comments 0

Five questions to be answered in 2011-2012
The Avalanche is a team surrounded by questions as we prepare for the 2011-2012 season. The Avs looked like a playoff team until mid january, only to fall through and end the second part of the season in a way that could have made the Florida Panthers say “Ouch”. Needless…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 08/12/11 | Comments 3

Avs sign Landeskog, Siemens
As per TSN, the Avs have signed their two first round selections from this year’s draft, Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens. Landeskog is expectod to have signed at the maximum for an entry-level contract, but I have no news about Siemens’ contract yet. Most fans were expecting the Avs to…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 07/29/11 | Comments 1

Avalanche 2010-2011: The Official Soundtrack
The Avs put together a disappointing performance in the 2010-2011 season with few highlights. So, as we look back on the season from the 1st of July 2010 up until now, let’s put a spin on it. Here are the top news-stories with a matching soundtrack. Warning: Actually purchasing these…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 07/27/11 | Comments 8

Go Avs Go
Hockey fans, you are in for a real treat! Enjoy the writings of our new Colorado Avalanche blogger Martin Krantz. -Paul I’m one of what feels like a dozen new bloggers making their way onto Kukla’s Korner. But if I say so myself, I’m slightly unique. As a swede, I’m…
Posted by Martin Krantz on 07/22/11 | Comments 22