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Columnist Reacts To The Series Loss By The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

As the Avalanche team he built again crumbled in the NHL playoffs under the rubble of unfulfilled potential, antsy general manager Joe Sakic had trouble staying in his seat at T-Mobile Arena.

Colorado crapped out in Vegas, losing 6-3 to the Golden Knights here late Thursday.

Hey, Super Joe. We all feel your pain. So pardon me if this is too soon to ask:

How much longer are you going to just stand there as your oh-so-pretty Avs repeatedly fail in their quest for the Stanley Cup because they’re not gritty enough?...

So let’s allow 24 hours of mourning for a team just beautiful enough to break your heart.

Then Sakic needs to look in the mirror and admit major changes need to be made before this group can win a championship....

It starts with the dismissal of coach Jared Bednar. When he needed to make strategic adjustments, Bednar instead tried to shame his players into fighting for every inch of ice. The problem? These Avs are lovers, not fighters. They are pageant material, not championship material....

Goalie Philipp Grubauer deserves a polite golf clap as a Vezina Trophy finalist. But instead of saving the Avalanche’s bacon in Game 6, he threw teammates into the fire. Allowing five goals on 22 shots (not counting the final empty-netter) in an elimination game? That’s simply unacceptable....

And these sweet-skating Avs would win the Ice Capades, but they haven’t learned the most basic rule of playoff hockey: Backcheck. Forecheck. Paycheck.


How about some Adrian Dater? (Watch below first then go to his recent tweets)

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ilovehomers's avatar

An extended Nathan Mac press time is here:


Posted by ilovehomers on 06/11/21 at 06:40 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

And if the interview flub wasn’t bad enough, he takes to Twitter to blame others in a very, “I’m sorry you’re offended” type of way:

You got it wrong bro, but thanks for the evaluation. It was a question where I was trying to be sympathetic to MacKinnon. I’m sorry you and others don’t do context very well

What a joke.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/11/21 at 11:40 AM ET


I’m sure it’s hard to ask meaningful questions let alone
get meaningful answers from exhausted pro athletes after a crushing loss.

But no one wants to hear a long, rambling, “edgy”
questions the only point of which is to imply that no
thinking or coaching is needed - as if he knows better.

Who knows what he was thinking but we’ve all had embarrassing moments
- best to admit you were startled by the series loss, too, and had a brain freeze.

The first columnist is a chore. First he bragged and postured about how much tougher Colorado was than St. Louis. Now he keeps insulting the team, using one tedious metaphor and simile after another to call the team soft. The same thing a dozen times. No insight. Just: the personnel is soft, so fire the coach(?)

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/11/21 at 04:15 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Sakic is a good GM, but an early exit still stings. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/11/21 at 08:18 PM ET


It would be easy to over react in Denver. Best course is probably to stay the course and make a few minor roster tweaks which might make them less effective in the regular season but position them better for playoff hockey. Those tweaks can even wait for the trade deadline.

I do think Bednar made a mistake calling out his players publicly after game 3. Yes, they deserved criticism but doing it so publicly while the team still had 2-1 series lead wasn’t going to help much.

This will be the first offseason in awhile that the Avs have to worry a bit about the cap as they try to assemble next year’s team. Sakic’s next test begins.

Posted by evileye on 06/14/21 at 11:42 AM ET

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