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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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There is good news to report on one of the Avalanche’s top prospects, a player who has been unable to play in a hockey game since suffering a concussion in May. That player is defenseman Conor Timmins, the second-round pick from 2017 who suffered the concussion in a playoff game with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and has been bothered…...

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When Monday morning arrives, three weeks will be all that remains for NHL teams to make trades in the 2018-19 season. If a betting line existed two months ago that the Avalanche might be sellers for the deadline, it would probably have been something like +300. We’re now probably at even money, or a little more in favor, that the…...

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Some uncut audio from the Avs’ room tonight, after a 5-1 loss to the Canucks. Surprisingly, there were a lot of guys in the room right after the game, making themselves available. At least there was an atmosphere of accountability in the room tonight. Not always the case. We have Semyon Varlamov and Erik Johnson here, talking very earnestly about…...

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Let’s nice waste any time with small talk and just get right to another bunch of disappointing Avalanche player grades from tonight’s game with Vancouver: Alexander Kerfoot (D) – Played on a line with MacKinnon and Wilson, and had no shots on net in the first period. It makes sense on paper to put him with a shooter like MacKinnon,…...

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Season falling rapidly apart for Colorado Avalanche

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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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