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NOTE: Scroll down for clues as to where the items are. In another life, I sometimes held a fun event called “Avalanche Treasure Hunt”, where I gathered various Avs trinkets, souvenirs and/or other memorabilia. They were pretty popular and I liked doing them. The way it went was: I’d show some items that, one by one, I’d hide them at…...

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“Hey Dater!” The voice at the other end of the cell line is instantly recognizable. It’s Cody McLeod, The Highlander himself, No. 55 on your score sheet, No. 1 in your hearts. In three days, McLeod will be in Pittsburgh playing in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Nashville Predators, so there are probably more important things on his…...

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One of the things I mentioned in yesterday’s story about revelations, reported by “Hockey Night in Canada” ace Elliotte Friedman, about Kyle Dubas possibly becoming the next GM of the Avalanche was how many unknowns there still were. Well, 24 hours later, based on Friedman’s follow-up reporting (and a little of my own), it appears Dubas-to-the-Avs isn’t going to…...

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From the team laundry department comes this interesting note, courtesy of Sportslogos.net, that the Colorado Avalanche will be one of a dozen teams getting makeovers to their uniforms starting in 2017-18. In case you hadn’t heard, Adidas will take over the manufacturing of all NHL jerseys starting this season, as Reebok drops out. While some teams won’t have any…...

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In answering the headline to this column: If it walks like a duck… On Tuesday night, a person I consider not only a friend but for my money the best news reporter in the hockey business, Elliotte Friedman, dropped a pretty big news item between periods on “Hockey Night in Canada.” Specifically, that the Colorado Avalanche had asked for,…...

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When Jared Bednar was hired as the Colorado Avalanche’s head coach last August, it was decided that three assistant coaches from the former regime of Patrick Roy would stay on. On Tuesday, those three – Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Francois Allaire – were relieved of their duties. No replacements have yet to be named, although Jean-ian Filiatrault, the…...

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The Colorado Avalanche face a dilemma with veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin: Buy him out or keep him?

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While salaries of players in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League are not made public, the agent for new Avalanche defenseman Andrei Mironov says he will take a big pay cut to achieve his dream of playing in the NHL. “He had one year left on his deal and would have made a lot more had he stayed there instead of…...

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The Colorado Eagles have been a big success as a minor-league hockey franchise since their inception in 2003, and last year achieved a longstanding goal of having an East Coast Hockey League affiliation agreement with the Colorado Avalanche. But in the perfect world of Eagles part-owner and CEO Martin Lind, his team would be the Avs’ American Hockey League…...

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Andrew Parker, who had been the Colorado Avalanche’s team physician since the team’s inception in 1995, is no longer with the organization. Parker, along with other team medical staff, did not have his contract renewed. The Avs and Denver Nuggets will exclusively use staff from a partnership with UCHealth, BSNDenver has learned. Last year, Kroenke Sports began a partnership…...

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Andrei Mironov, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound defenseman who played 18 games for Dynamo Moskva (Moscow) of the Kontinental Hockey League, appears headed to the Avalanche this coming season. Although he has one year remaining on his KHL pro contract, the general manager of Moskva, Andrei Safronov, said Mironov will be allowed to forego that final year and play for Colorado…...

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The hope, the plan, was to have Will Butcher signed, sealed and delivered to the Colorado Avalanche by now. It hasn’t happened yet, and with every passing day closer to Aug. 15, hope grows dimmer. The University of Denver defenseman, the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player this past season, technically remains property of…...

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It was the worst possible outcome for the Colorado Avalanche, which, of course, is how it finished. The 48-point, recent-modern-historically-bad Avs could finish no worse than getting the fourth pick overall in Saturday night’s NHL lottery draft. “With the fourth pick in the 2017 NHL draft, the Colorado Avalanche is proud to select…” For those who are keeping track,…...

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The Kontinental Hockey League is not the laughingstock it used to be to the NHL. While there is little question that the top professional league in Russia is an overall inferior product to the NHL, that hasn’t stopped some top Russian players recently from bolting the NHL for their homeland. There is a chance Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov could…...

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If selected, Nolan Patrick would gladly serve with the Colorado Avalanche. With the Avs having the best chance at the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NHL draft, this might very well happen. “I would definitely be excited if I had the chance to go to Colorado,” Patrick, the top-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting heading into…...

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While there is no agreement yet in place, the good news for fans of the Avalanche who fervently hope University of Denver defenseman and Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher signs with the team is: the two sides are still talking. Butcher, who starred for the Pioneers team that won the NCAA hockey championship this month, met with Avs general…...

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Welcome to a return to something I used to do a few years ago. Basically, it’s a situation where I pull out a dusty old VCR tape of an Avalanche game from the past, hit play and do a running commentary. So, to answer one question right off the hop: Yes, I still own a VCR, yes it still…...

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It has been a topic of hot debate among Colorado Avalanche fans and pundits, the question of who the Avs should protect in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft from the new Las Vegas Golden Knights team. The Avs can only protect one goaltender, so either Semyon Varlamov or Calvin Pickard would have to be exposed. The goalie that will…...

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Few things are duller than hockey games where neither team has anything to gain. It is with great surprise, therefore, in which it can truly be said that Saturday’s play-out-the-string contest between the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars was a pretty fun one to see. No, the Hockey Hall of Fame will not be saving the tapes for posterity,…...

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Back from the morning skate, as the Avalanche went through the paces for the final home game of the season tonight against the Minnesota Wild. Semyon Varlamov, out since Jan. 17 following hip surgery, talked to the media. There is video shot by yours truly, but to summarize: Varly is feeling better, should resume skating by the end of…...

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