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Uncut audio from Avs locker room, following the 7-1 win over Winnipeg. I have three players for you here, A.J. Greer, Gabe Landeskog and Matt Nieto. All three contributed in different ways to what I thought was the most impressive win of the Avs season. First up, Greer, who scored his first career goal: Next up, Landy, talking about this…...

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Now that was an ass-whipping. Avs beat Winnipeg Jets 7-1 Wednesday night, move back into the top eight in the Western Conference and win the fights against a chippy Winnipeg squad. Let’s get to the grades, and I’ll be doling out A’s like biscuits on a cold Sunday morning. Mikko Rantanen (A) – Scored the second goal of the game…...

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Greetings from the Pepsi Center, where the Avs just finished up their morning skate. A big one (they’re all big now) tonight against the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets (6:30 start, TV reasons). There will be absolutely no change from the lineup the other night. Semyon Varlamov in net, same line combos, same D pairs. So, not a lot of news…...

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#DaterJinx be damned, there is still plenty of hope for this Colorado Avalanche hockey club. The Avs go into tonight’s game with the Vegas Golden Knights three points out of the second and final Western Conference playoff spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild. They are also even in points with the Arizona Coyotes (57) and two points back of…...

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For as long as I cover this fine game, I’ll never, ever forget the words of the Avalanche’s first coach, Marc Crawford, during that unforgettable 1995-96 season. “Your best players have to be your best players,” Crow often said. So simple, eh? Hockey is an incredibly complex game I think, with so many nuances. And yet, it always comes down…...

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Hobey Baker favorite Cale Makar thinks he's ready to turn pro with Colorado Avalanche

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BOSTON – Some uncut audio from the game in Boston today, with one additional one from yesterday in Brooklyn. A couple of notes: My talk with Alexander Kerfoot continued after I pushed “stop” on the record button. I understand why he probably was a little ticked off by my line of questioning. He’s just played in another brutal overtime loss. He’s…...

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BOSTON – Oh that’s right: Doing the same thing every time and expecting a different result. I can’t believe this overtime thing. But it comes down to the same thing every time: the Avs can’t finish anything with any of their chances in overtime. They overpass, just miss, get robbed, lose key faceoffs, turn pucks over and can’t make a…...

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BOSTON – Never seen anything quite like this, this curse. I grew up around this area, too, where I truly used to believe in curses. Like, I really, truly believed the Red Sox and Patriots were cursed. But, no, I don’t think that anymore. Not about them anyway. But this overtime thing? It’s a curse at this point. The Avalanche lost…...

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Avalanche got some bad news earlier today: veteran defenseman Ian Cole will be out indefinitely with what the team says is an upper-body injury. Cole suffered the injury in a third-period fight with Washington’s Tom Wilson Thursday night. Cole clearly took the worst of the fight, absorbing several blows to the head. The Avs are simply…

ARLINGTON, Va. – Hello from the Old Dominion (that’s the official nickname of Virginia), where the Avs had a practice today. I’ve got four pieces of uncut audio for your listening pleasure. I would say the Avs had an upbeat practice here. No, there aren’t tons of laughs and jokes around the team right now, but I think the attitude was…...

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Inside the Avalanche's plan to turn things around

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Well, they got a point. But they also lost a key point. Let’s do the individual grades from another Avs OT loss, this time to the Washington Capitals. Mikko Rantanen (B) – He scored a nice goal that cut Washington’s lead to 3-2, and I thought he had the game won in OT, when he fired a rocket…...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This day, like most every other day for the Colorado Avalanche the last two months, unfolded the same way. A peppery sense of optimism characterized the dressing room after the morning skate. Semyon Varlamov joked around with TV man Marc Moser, doing stretches just outside the room. Jared Bednar spoke of how he liked his team’s leadership core…...

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Joe Sakic said it Tuesday night: He’s been talking with fellow NHL general managers for “three, four weeks now” about potential trades to better his sputtering Colorado Avalanche hockey club. Off limits, however, are any of his top prospects and/or upcoming “high draft picks.” There are 19 days until the trade deadline. Here are my thoughts on who is the…...

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Joe Sakic did an impromptu press conference tonight, with the few select people who bother to cover the Avalanche on a regular basis. As I wrote three days ago, the main takeaway from the presser was the fact that the Avs’ GM absolutely will not entertain any offers for any of the team’s top existing young prospects – or for…...

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