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26. That’s the number of players in the Avalanche organization that don’t currently have contracts for next season. The maximum limit is 50 and most teams spend the season in the 48 range. All this means is Colorado’s front office has plenty of work to do in making decisions on some futures here. Let’s jump into a breakdown of who…...

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The offseason is underway for the Avalanche and there’s plenty of business to conduct. General manager Joe Sakic met with the media today for his annual post-season presser in which he addressed the season as a whole as well as looking ahead to what is setting up to be a busy summer for the organization. The team finished its exit…...

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Colorado’s season ended in brutal fashion with a 3-2 Game 7 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night, kicking off the team’s offseason. Given the on-ice success they just experienced, it’s fair to say the Avalanche have a big summer ahead of them as they look to add to their organization in hopes of taking steps forward. This…...

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Talking about Colorado Avalanche hockey over the last 10 years has been an exercise in patience, frustration, and a whole lot of futility. The organization simply hasn’t given its fans many reasons to believe any given year was the signal of something bigger, something sustainable. Instead, the only thing sustainable was missing the playoffs with the Avs bottoming out two…...

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The Avalanche locker room audio for last night’s overtime win over the San Jose Sharks is focused on two of the three roommates who scored goals, Tyson Jost and J.T. Compher. Compher’s three-point night paced the Avalanche in their victory over the Sharks. As the man of the night, Compher is first up: Next up is Jost talking about his…...

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Tyson Barrie (C-) – I liked his game defensively more than offensively. That’s never a good thing because Barrie needs to be dynamite offensively. He just wasn’t tonight and is activation through the neutral zone wasn’t as impactful as we’ve seen the rest of the playoffs. Gabriel Bourque (C) – Some big hits in the series but you can’t get caved in…...

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Playoff hockey brings a different feel to the arena. Every shift matters, every puck bounce could change the game, every little detail on the ice could mean the difference between winning and losing. In elimination games, that feeling is amplified by a hundred. Or a thousand. Or a million. It feels like life and death, like every day of practice…...

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Tyson Barrie (C+) – He got crushed in shot metrics tonight. Absolutely crushed. But the eyes told me he played a vital role in attacking San Jose’s system and his willingness to jump into the play and skate aggressively up the ice opens up options and freedom for teammates to make plays. He is largely responsible for Colorado’s success in attacking…...

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In a lot of ways, Erik Johnson has been Avalanche hockey. Maddeningly inconsistent at times, tantalizingly talented, and perpetually on the verge of putting it all together and ascending to new heights but never quite actually getting there and wondering if that day will ever come. Yes, it’s easy to look at Johnson’s time as a leader and member of…...

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Sven Andrighetto (D) – Got back into the lineup and the shot metrics look good but I thought he looked awfully rusty. The speed was there but he was hesitant with the puck and one of his best attributes is he’s trigger-happy when he gets it. He was a little turnover prone because of his tentativenes and just looked ineffective overall.…...

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“Take a hit to make a play.” It’s one of hockey’s oldest axioms and when Matt Calvert absorbed a crushing blow from Brent Burns in order to chip the puck out of the defensive zone and ahead to Nathan MacKinnon for what became the game-winning goal in Game 2, Calvert gave up more than just the hit. As it turns…...

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Back in 1970, Alvin and Heidi Toffler published “Future Shock”, a book in which the couple posited society was undergoing a significant structural change and it was overwhelming people as a result. Fun fact: The concept of information overload was soon popularized as a result of their work. Fast forward nearly 50 years and focus on hockey instead of society…...

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The BSN Broncos DRAFT Podcast returns with Andre Simone and AJ Haefele breaking down Denver’s selection of Noah Fant and the rest of the first round. The guys also take a look ahead at Day Two of the draft and what players to keep an eye on. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Pocket Casts Link – Spotify Link BSN…...

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It was a peculiar feel today as the Avalanche got back on the ice following a couple of days for rest after they dispatched the Calgary Flames over the weekend. The Avs were practicing and keeping the intensity and competitiveness up but…for what, exactly? And when? Colorado’s next opponent remains unknown as the Avalanche await the result of the ongoing…...

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They don’t call them growing pains because they feel good. When the Avalanche last won a playoff series, Jose Theodore was backstopping them past the Minnesota Wild, who was were still in just their seventh season of existence. Nobody really knew at the time Colorado was on the verge of collapsing into irrelevance in the NHL for the next decade.…...

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From pumpkin to prince. A week ago, Mikko Rantanen was skating around on his own wearing an orange non-contact jersey and the world wondering whether or not he’d be healthy for the playoffs. The Avalanche had managed to clinch their postseason berth with Rantanen on the shelf after he suffered an undisclosed injury against the Dallas Stars on March 21.…...

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There were a lot of film room-worthy moments from last night’s 6-2 stomping over the Calgary Flames but the story of the night was Cale Makar in his NHL debut. There were a lot of nice plays from Makar throughout his near-15 minutes of ice time but let’s be honest here: the goal is what we’re all going to remember…...

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