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They Once Played In Columbus, Now They Are Talking

from Aaron Portzline of The Athletic,

We asked them about their perception of Columbus as a city, why they think the Blue Jackets keep losing players, what it’s like to play for coach John Tortorella, what it’s like to negotiate with the Blue Jackets, and what they’d change if they were running the club.

We had several stipulations to these interviews:

  • the players would be granted full anonymity so that they could speak freely
  • the players must have played in Columbus during the Kekalainen/Tortorella era
  • the players needed to have played in multiple other cities during established NHL careers
  • the players must have left the organization on good terms, with no ax to grind and no agendas

Two players we asked to participate politely declined. Three others agreed to talk, with the promise that their comments would be only lightly edited to avoid revealing their identities....

What are your thoughts on how/why the Blue Jackets keep losing top players, either to free agency or forced trades?

Player 2: Young kids would rather get drafted somewhere else. Maybe this is overgeneralizing, but a lot of the younger guys want to go where they’re rock stars — Toronto, New York, Boston. They want to go hang out with hot chicks in Miami and Arizona and L.A. They want to try to wheel girls in Montreal. That’s what they want to do. So there has to be some other draw that Columbus has, right? There has to be something else. “We have a great team and a great culture and we’ll pay you.” Or, “We really value this (aspect) in you and we want you to stay and we’ll make sure you stay no matter what the cost.”

When we talked contract it was, “Where do you want to be?” And we said “X” amount, they immediately said, “Nope, no chance.” And we were like, “Well, that’s where we’re at and there are like six other teams willing to go there.” They expected me to give up a ton of money to play there, like they were the only team in the league.

more (paid) and a recommended read, the little blurb I posted doesn't due justice...

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Carl Soderberg Back In Denver

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Carl Soderberg from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Ryder Rolston and Josh Dickinson.

Soderberg, 35, has appeared in 34 games for the Blackhawks this season, tallying 15 points (7g/8a). He’s tied for sixth on the team in points and his 1:30 of average shorthanded ice time per game ranks fourth among Blackhawks forwards. Soderberg ranks third on the team in faceoffs won (194) and faceoff win percentage (51.5%).

Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (49th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Soderberg has played in 586 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes and Blackhawks, totaling 295 points (110g/185a). He has 12 points (2g/10a) in 41 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests and became the second player in Bruins history to make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in the Final when he played Game 5 against Chicago in 2013.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound center collected 151 points (57g/94a) during four seasons with the Avalanche from 2015-19, ranking fifth on the team in points, fifth in assists, fourth in goals and first in games played during that time frame. Throughout his seven seasons in the NHL, Soderberg has played all 82 regular-season contests three times and played all 70 games with Arizona last year before the season was suspended due to the pandemic.

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Nick Foligno To Toronto

Through San Jose means taking on $$$.

added 6:05pm,


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Devan Dubnyk Now A Member Of The Colorado Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fifth-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Dubnyk, 34, has a 3-9-2 record, 3.18 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage with the Sharks this season. He has skated in 537 NHL games over a 12-year career with the  Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild and San Jose, recording a 250-204-54 career record with a 2.60 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 33 shutouts. The 6-foot-6, 224-pound netminder has an 8-18 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, all with Minnesota, and is the Wild’s all-time leader in playoff games played (26), wins (8) and shutouts (2).

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Video- Jacob MacDonald Suspended 2 Games

Illegal check to the head.


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Illegal Check To The Head Hearing For Jacob MacDonald Today


Video below.

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Fined For Helmet Toss

NEW YORK (April 1, 2021) – Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for unsportsmanlike conduct against Arizona Coyotes forward Conor Garland during NHL Game No. 209 in Colorado on Wednesday, March 31, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:41 of the third period. MacKinnon was assessed a 10-minute misconduct.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

watch the incident below...

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Still In Need Of A Goaltender In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic’s patience has paid off in the past, but the Avalanche general manager is playing with fire if he fails to upgrade the team’s goaltending depth in the immediate future.

Unproven rookie goalie Hunter Miska, the current backup to Philipp Grubauer, has the NHL’s worst save percentage (.838) and second-worst goals-against average (4.14) among those who have played at least five games. At this point, it’s clear the 25-year-old Miska is not an NHL-caliber goaltender. That doesn’t mean he won’t become one. It just means the Avs have poor depth at a position that requires two solid options — particularly this year in a condensed schedule....

During Wednesday’s option practice, Bednar was again asked about Miska, whom he spoke to that morning.

“I wasn’t expecting miracles out of this guy,” Bednar said. “It’s not an ideal situation. I don’t know that he’s ready to be an NHL backup at this point, but he’s been a good option for us and I just want him to keep working and trying to get better. We’re not going to indict him on a couple bad games nor are we willing to sign him to a five-year deal if he had pitched a shutout. It’s just not the way we operate. It’s constant evaluation. I just want him to keep his head up, not worry about it, put that behind him, learn from it and get ready for his next start whenever that is.”

Bednar also said Wednesday there is no update on the lower-body injury to goalie Pavel Francouz, who began the year as Grubauer’s backup but has not played a single minute. Francouz is on long-term injured reserve and he’ll presumably still be unavailable up to the April 12 trade deadline.


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Video- Joachim Blichfeld’s Match Penalty Hit On Nathan MacKinnon

via a tweet from Mike Chambers,

"I saw him coming off the ice. He was in the hallway. He seems to be doing good. I think that we get lucky on it. Hopefully, he's feeling good and everything tomorrow but as of right now he seems to be fine" -- Jared Bednar on Nathan MacKinnon


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A Backup Goalie Needed In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche enters the most strenuous part of its condensed schedule somewhat thin at the position. Colorado completes this month with consecutive games Friday and Saturday at the Arizona Coyotes, then plays 17 games in 31 days of March.

Goalie Philipp Grubauer, who is among the NHL leaders in wins (nine), goals-against average (1.78) and save percentage (.932), could conceivably play every game if he remains healthy. But the Avs surely won’t allow that to happen. Taxing Grubauer at this time of the regular season is simply not an option, and it appears backup Pavel Francouz will remain on long-term injury reserve (LTIR) for the foreseeable future — if not the entire season.

“Francouz .. he’s out indefinitely. It’s going to be long-term,” Avs coach Jared Bednar told me.

Francouz, who has not played this season, has put a giant crack in the Avs’ armor. Every hockey team needs two capable goalies — particularly this year in the NHL — and Colorado isn’t deep and highly unproven behind its top two.

So what are the Avs’ options? If they don’t trade for an experienced goalie, they have no proven option.

read on

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