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Video- Gabriel Landeskog Suspended Two Games

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Video- A Hearing Today For Gabriel Landeskog

 

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Avs Primed For A Cup Run

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Nathan MacKinnon is intense. It has helped make him the player he is, one of the best in the NHL. Three times in the past four seasons, he has been a finalist for the Hart Trophy, which is awarded to the most valuable player in the League.

But coming off the Colorado Avalanche's loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Second Round, the center seems …

Relaxed? Happy?

"I think we just need to let it go and move on," MacKinnon said at the NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour in Chicago last month.  "It's tough to play when you're angry for seven months. I'm in a good spot. I'm enjoying my life and excited for the season."

That mindset might be key for MacKinnon and the Avalanche as they shoot for the Stanley Cup again in 2021-22, starting with their regular-season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks at Ball Arena on Oct. 13 (10 p.m. ET; TNT).

"I think for us as a team, it's just remaining [even-keeled]," defenseman Cale Makar said at the Player Media Tour. "I think when something doesn't go our way, we just … we kind of need to make sure that we stay calm and keep that even keel. And even going into the season, obviously you're not going to win the Stanley Cup in game one or month one. It's just trusting that process."

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Jared Bednar Needs To Get The Colorado Avalanche To The Next Step

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar wants to do like Jon Cooper.

Bednar wants to go from the proverbial pressure cooker to a multiple Stanley Cup champion.

In 2018-19, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season champion before getting swept in the first round of the playoffs. Cooper, a sixth-year head coach at the time, was retained while many wanted him fired.

Cooper then led Tampa Bay to back-to-back championships.

“I’ve talked to Jon Cooper at length,” said Bednar, who is beginning his sixth season with the Avs.

In other words, Bednar has picked Cooper’s brain about how to get a championship-caliber team over the hump. He’s tried to understand what he could have done better to beat San Jose in Game 7 in 2019, beat Dallas in Game 7 in 2020 and avoid an 0-4 meltdown in June to lose to Vegas in six games.

Colorado, the 2021 President’s Trophy winner, has failed to get out of the second round of the playoffs for three consecutive years. And if it happens again — or the team falls apart in the regular season — Bednar realizes he will likely lose his job.

“No one’s going to put more pressure on me than I do, because I see how committed our guys are, how bad they want it,” he said from training camp.

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Goals From The Past Season

Five minutes to watch.

 

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Is Good At Hockey

A highight package from the 2021 season.

 

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The Colorado Avalanche Paid Too Much For Darcy Kuemper

from Sean Keeler of the Denver Post,

Say it ain’t so, Super Joe. Hey, a healthy Darcy Kuemper in the crease is worth taking a flier on. But is he worth taking a flying leap?

Trading a first-round pick, a conditional third-round pick and 22-year-old defenseman Conor Timmins for a 31-year-old goaltender who’s made more than 29 regular-season starts just once since 2014?

That’s not a win-now move. That’s a win-or-else move. As in, “Or else the fans start lighting torches.”

Weren’t the Rockies the ones who were supposed to get weird this week? Did the Avalanche hire Jeff Bridich as a consultant? Did Colorado general manager Joe Sakic, the most respected team-builder in town, just get … Sakic-ed?

Say it ain’t so, Super Joe. There’s a fine line between aggressive and desperate. The Kuemper deal, at first blush, somehow managed to combine both in one fell swoop. Necessary, yes. But did it have to be so painful?

“Listen, I have all the faith in the world in Joe and C-Mac (assistant general manager Chris MacFarland),” Avalanche captain and winger Gabe Landeskog said early Wednesday, the morning after returning on an eight-year, $56 million deal, “and the team that they’ve obviously built and continue to build.”

For Avs fans, though, that faith is about to be tested.

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The Colorado Avalanche About To Pay A High Price For A Goalie

 

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Gabriel Landeskog Staying In Colorado

added 11:40pm,

 

 

added 11:52pm, Press release is below.

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A Six-Year Deal For Cale Makar In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed defenseman Cale Makar to a six-year contract through the 2026-27 season.

Makar, 22, was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2020-21.  He recorded 44 points (8g/36a) in 44 games, the only NHL blueliner to average a point-per-game last year.  Makar joined Steve Duchesne (82 points in 82 contests with Quebec in 1992-93) as the only defensemen in franchise history to average a point-per-game in a single season (among qualified players).  The 5-foot-11, 187-pound rearguard was the first defenseman to average a point-per-contest at age 22 or younger since Brian Leetch with the New York Rangers in 1990-91 (1.10).

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