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Take a walk with me to my seat in the Joe Louis Arena press box, for the last time ever, along with a couple other sights and sounds from the Avalanche’s final game here Saturday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5z6N4kRFR4 I got a few programs from the game, which I’ll hide around town when I get back for a Dater Treasure Hunt. Lots of…...

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DETROIT – University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher, who was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference player of the year on Thursday and was a 2013 draft choice of the Colorado Avalanche, will soon be offered an NHL contract by the Avs, BSN Denver has learned. An NHL source said the Avalanche, after internal deliberations, will make an earnest contract…...

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DETROIT – There weren’t many sustained cheers at the new Joe Louis Arena after it first opened in 1980. The Detroit Red Wings, the main tenant, were awful. Scotty Bowman changed all that eventually, but he was directly responsible for the loudest cheer the building absorbed that first year. “I had the honor of coaching the (Wales Conference) at the…...

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A lot of Colorado Avalanche fans might toast a glass of champagne when Joe Louis Arena is reduced to rubble soon. Some of the Avs’ worst memories happened at “The Joe”, including the March 26, 1997, game in which the Detroit Red Wings exacted revenge on Claude Lemieux. Then there was the infamous “Meltdown in Motown”, when the Avs…...

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It doesn't erase the difficult season, but the Colorado Avalanche's win over the Detroit Red Wings sure was fun.

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In a battle of the league's worst teams, the Colorado Avalanche fell in a 1-0 snoozer to the Arizona Coyotes.

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Don’t do it, Joe Sakic. Resist the temptation. Don’t trade Gabe Landeskog. A few weeks ago, I probably wouldn’t have said that. Trade ’em all, was my essential attitude regarding the current Colorado Avalanche roster. This underachieving, overpaid group could all hit the bricks as far as I was concerned. That still applies to many players. But not Landeskog....

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While the Colorado Avalanche may not be playing for anything in the season's final month, goaltender Calvin Pickard is playing for everything.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8oq-7N0wGE GAME RUNDOWN Everything started out Tuesday night just like it always does with the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs fell behind early, displayed the energy of a corpse, committed some ghastly turnovers and trudged into the dressing room with heads down amid scattered boos from the even more scattered crowd at the Pepsi Center. And then? And then, the…...

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How good would Jaccob Slavin look in an Avalanche uniform right now? Pretty good, right? A 22-year-old, 6-foot-2, 205-pound left-handed shot defenseman with outstanding decision-making abilities in his own end and a touch of offensive flair. Exactly the kind of player the Avs want and desperately need. Plus, he’s a Colorado kid. Born in Erie, a standout with the…...

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Former Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny is surprised to see the state of the Avalanche today.

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Everybody forgets this about Patrick Roy’s final season with the Avalanche as coach: The team was among the top eight in the Western Conference with 11 games to go. The Avs were a playoff team under Roy to that point, before Matt Duchene got hurt, Semyon Varlamov finally proved mortal and Roy lost patience with them and several other…...

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It wasn’t quite the equivalent of the time Geraldo Rivera went on live TV on a heavily promoted show to reveal what was inside Al Capone’s vault – a whole lot of dust, it turned out – but to Colorado Avalanche fans hoping for big revelations Wednesday, it might have been close. The woeful, last-place Avalanche – most of…...

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It could still happen. That’s always the bottom line in hockey. Anything can still happen. But I just talked to a very high-level source close to Matt Duchene who told BSNDenver.com a trade involving him is highly unlikely, in his opinion. Looks like we all have to wait for the NHL draft or later for a Duchene deal. We all…...

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Jarome Iginla found a new home after all: Los Angeles. The 39-year-old right wing has been traded by the Avalanche to the L.A. Kings, where he will play for a former coach of his, Darryl Sutter, and try to help the Kings make the playoffs. The Avs received a conditional draft choice. More details on that soon. The Kings…...

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Been chatting some with the agent for Jarome Iginla, the legendary Don Meehan. While Meehan doesn’t know what will happen yet, he’s “hoping” Avs GM Joe Sakic will be able to move him by the 1 p.m. (MST) trade deadline. Let me translate more of that: An Iginla trade still could be in the works. I believe Meehan is…...

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Player grades for the Colorado Avalanche's 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers

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Well, if I knew that for sure, I’d be at a betting window in Vegas right now, now wouldn’t I? A.J. Haefele and I talked about this on the latest BSNAvalanche Podcast, and as of Tuesday afternoon, I don’t think my opinion has changed much. That is, it seems like the odds of Jarome Iginla being traded by Wednesday’s deadline…...

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It's been a long journey for Matt Duchene and the Colorado Avalanche. With the NHL trade deadline looming, is that journey nearing its end?

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