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I’ve gotten some gloomy texts from Avalanche fans of late, who seem to be already throwing in the towel for the 2017-18 season. “AD, give me some reason for hope with this team because right now I’m just not seeing any”, can accurately sum up the gist of many messages in my inbox. You need optimism? You need someone to…...

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We usually don’t get to see much of Avalanche players when they’re rehabbing from injury. While the Avs are one of the most open teams in the NHL about the general nature of injuries to players, once they are out, you don’t see or hear from them much. It’s team policy that injured players can’t talk to the media, at…...

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I promise I’ll dress a little better for these things from now on. But yes, that is a Winter Classic Philadelphia T-shirt I have on. This week’s Avalanche Minute has me summing up the Avs’ moves on free-agency and giving my opinion. By the way, happy birthday to Joe Sakic. He’s 48 now. https://youtu.be/ehVyQNhux-I...

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Hi everyone, I’m happy to take your questions on the Avalanche again in what will be a regular mailbag. I did a million of them in a former life, and always enjoyed keeping in close touch with the fans. It’ll be sporadic the rest of the summer, but will be at least once a week in the regular season.…...

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Igor Larionov spent several seasons doing everything he could to beat the Colorado Avalanche. As a famed member of the Detroit Red Wings’ “Russian Five”, he played against Joe Sakic and the Avs in the glory years of their rivalry. Larionov is now a player agent, and one of his clients is the Avs’ newest free-agent signing, former No.…...

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There’s always going to be that one team, that one coach, that one general manager who thinks they will be the ones able to rehabilitate the once-promising-now-on-the-skids player around. When you’re a former first overall pick, there is always one more team willing to take a chance on you, even if your career to this point has been a…...

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As the wait for a Matt Duchene trade keeps turning more and more into the hockey version of “Waiting For Godot”, Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic seems utterly unfazed by impatient fans (and media) screaming for him to “Do something!” As far as Duchene is concerned, he is a member of the Colorado Avalanche hockey club now and…...

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Jonathan Bernier, a one-time No. 1 goaltender with the Toronto Maple Leafs who had a strong season with the Anaheim Ducks in a backup role in 2016-17, will sign a new free-agent contract with the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, NHL sources tell BSNDenver. Terms of the contract are not yet available. Bernier, 28, had a cap hit of $4.2 million with…...

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Look, I’m on record already: It will be way, way too uncomfortable a situation if Matt Duchene somehow winds up in training camp, still a member of the Colorado Avalanche. He’s going to feel like Oliver Twist, after being paraded around town by Mr. Bumble singing “Boy For Sale.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4CVZnGJIzQ In this case, Mr. Bumble (Joe Sakic) is still…...

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He came to the Avalanche late last season from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for power forward Andreas Martinsen. It seemed like one of those “who cares?” kinds of deals, with one team trading their lower-level scrub for another. Except, Sven Andrighetto became a much more than just a scrub the rest of the way with the Avs. In…...

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Most everyone in hockey believes the Colorado Avalanche made a fine selection in Cale Makar, with the No. 4 overall pick in Friday’s first round of the NHL draft. He’s got skill at both ends of the ice and some think he has a chance to become another Erik Karlsson. But there’s there’s been this little qualifier with Makar…...

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The list of restricted free-agent players the Avalanche tendered qualifying offers to was released Monday afternoon, and probably a player who wasn’t qualified made as much news as those that were. The Avs chose not to given talented but mercurial forward Mikhail Grigorenko an offer, which means the Russian is an unrestricted free agent. Sources tell BSNDenver that he…...

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The Avalanche will hold their annual development camp starting Tuesday at Family Sports Center. Recent draftees such as Cale Makar and Conor Timmins are slated to take part. Here is the schedule: Tuesday, June 27 Morning on-ice sessions at Family Sports (four different groups)                            8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Media availability in dressing room                                                                            12:45 p.m. Afternoon on-ice session…...

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Few players saw their stock rise as quickly in recent months as an NHL draft prospect than defenseman Cale Makar. Friday night, with the fourth pick in the first round of the draft in Chicago, the Avalanche made Makar its property. Colorado wanted and needed a defenseman in this draft, and it might have found the best one available…...

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The old saying “The most popular player in town is the backup quarterback” applies to goalies too. The backup is the sentimental favorite, the “C’mon, give the guy a shot, let’s see what he can do” people’s choice. Then, they become the starter and when he has his first bad game, the peanut gallery starts up again for his…...

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High-level NHL sources tell me this: Despite reports to the contrary elsewhere, the biggest reason why the Colorado Avalanche chose to protect Semyon Varlamov over Calvin Pickard in Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft was: The Las Vegas Golden Knights would have taken Varlamov if he’d been available. BSN has learned that the Avalanche believed Las Vegas general manager George McPhee,…...

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When the Colorado Avalanche decided in April that Semyon Varlamov would be the one goaltender it would protect in the NHL expansion draft, there was a chance it would come at the cost of young goalie Calvin Pickard. Wednesday night, that price was paid when the Las Vegas Golden Knights selected Pickard to be part of their inaugural team.…...

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The Colorado Avalanche will see a lot of the Eastern Conference in the first week of the 2017-18 season. How much so will be further determined when the NHL releases its full schedule on Thursday. On Wednesday, however, the league announced the home openers for all 31 teams, and the Avs were mentioned three times. The Avs will serve…...

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The reviews are mostly all in on the new Adidas-sponsored Avalanche uniform redesign, and they are…good. Very good. https://twitter.com/almuirSI/status/877355277103775746 That review is by former SI.com colleague Allan Muir, and Allan used to help design hockey cards for a living, so he knows a thing or two about hockey logos and designs. It wasn’t just Mr. Muir giving kudos to…...

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As BSN first reported in April, the Avalanche indeed went ahead with the decision to protect goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. The incoming Las Vegas Golden Knights will not be able to select the Russian goalie, nor any of the other 10 Avs players on the protected list, which was released Sunday morning. It is…...

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