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Semyon Varlamov has huge pressure on him with Avalanche against Vancouver Canucks

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Remember when we all tweeted out the other night that Nathan MacKinnon was “hurt” during the game with the Minnesota Wild? We also tweeted out that he returned to the game just a couple minutes later. But the aftereffects of a lower-body injury, believed to be to the left foot, may keep him from participating in the NHL All-Star Game…...

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They zoomed out to start the season and, at one time, were the envy of the NHL – a young, talented team building on a previous playoff appearance, with the potential No. 1 pick in the draft coming and a couple other studs in the system. The Colorado Avalanche goes into the All-Star break an object of pity, a skittering,…...

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Hi from the Pepsi Center, where the skittering Avalanche play everyone’s favorite team and uniform, the Minnesota Wild. It’s hard to believe that the Wild are now ahead of the Avs in the standings, but that is the case. This is as close to a must-win game as you can have for a team in January. Avs have to win…...

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It all started when he was a teenager, when he tagged along with his parents for a multi-week hitch in the Northeast U.S. and Canada in their jobs as “Carnies” – traveling carnival employees. Despite being born in Seattle and raised mostly in Colorado, Aaron Allen somehow took a liking to the hockey team in Quebec as they passed through.…...

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Semyon Varlamov and Philipp Grubauer have not gotten the job done for the Avalanche

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There is no question that the New York Rangers want to make some deals before the Feb. 25 NHL trade deadline, and one of the teams they have been heavily following of late is the Colorado Avalanche. They have had two scouts following them everywhere lately – including Colorado Eagles games. The Rangers are a mediocre-to-poor team with a big,…...

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It might come as a shock to many Avalanche fans, but there had been whispers for a few days now that it could happen:...

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OTTAWA, Ontario – Well, other than the play, Mrs. Lincoln… Wow, was that a performance I wasn’t expecting from the Colorado Avalanche here in frozen Ottawa tonight. Avs just flat-out laid an egg against the last-place Senators. I went through all the reasons why in my story. This is your uncut audio from the locker room, including a couple minutes with…...

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OTTAWA, Ontario – Just when I thought I had something figured out with this team, just when I dared to say this team had some momentum on which to build, just when I dared to predict that prosperity was just around the corner for this team again, the Colorado Avalanche went out and just stunk up the ice at the Canadian Tire…...

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TORONTO – Before I sign off for the night, I’ll post the uncut audio I gathered from the locker room tonight in Toronto, after a 6-3 Avalanche victory. It’s always a happy scene around a hockey dressing room after a win, but tonight was most especially the case. This team really wanted to win the game, and win they did. I…...

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TORONTO – Nice to write about a win for a change. Avs beat the Maple Leafs 6-3 in their barn. Let’s get to the individual grades, shall we? Mikko Rantanen (A) – Great game. Not just a great offensive game, but he was really good defensively too. His steal from Nazem Kadri and subsequent goal was one of the best of…...

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TORONTO – I’ve covered a lot of Avalanche teams, but I haven’t seen one that wanted to win a January regular-season game quite as much as the one that played Monday night here in the Big Smoke. The final from Scotiabank Arena: Avalanche 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 3. Before the game, as I was walking through the corridor by the…...

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TORONTO – Hello from the Airbnb in Toronto. Got my own apartment for a TWO-night total of $90. That includes my own piano. Too bad the only thing I can play is chopsticks. After a rough indoctrination to Airbnb last year, I’ve become an evangelist for the whole thing. I laugh at media now who stay in $200 a night hotels. That…...

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MONTREAL – Let’s not waste any time here, let’s just get to the grades and get them over with: Gabe Landeskog (D) – The Canadiens might have done the best job of any team all year on the Avs’ top line. I’m not sure I recall one good scoring chance for Landeskog or his two linemates, and I don’t think I…...

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MONTREAL – Vacant stares. Clipped, abrupt sentences. Shrugged shoulders. It seems like the members of the Avalanche are somewhere in the five stages of grief right now. First, there was denial that anything was really wrong. Then there was anger. Then, a bit of bargaining. Now, it appears some depression is setting in. Whether the Avs start to become a team…...

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Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar searching for a win again

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MONTREAL – Hello from FREEZING Montreal, where it’s just really damn cold. I’m actually staying at my half-brother Noah’s place tonight in Shelburne, Vermont, but was in Montreal much of the day and the interviews you’re about to hear were from the Bell Centre there. This will forever be known in Avs history as “Makeup Day” between Nathan MacKinnon and Jared…...

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MONTREAL – If there is one city in the NHL where the glare of the media is still white hot, especially when anything controversial happens, it’s Montreal. Absolutely nothing goes unnoticed here when it comes to the NHL, even if it happened way across the vast Canadian landscape, as Nathan MacKinnon’s outburst toward his coach was on the bench the…...

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