Author

Adrian Dater

Browsing

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…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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,…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

If an early sampling is to be taken for a continued trend, then it would appear season-ticket holders of the Colorado Avalanche are not ready to abandon their seats en masse. On my Twitter feed today, I posed the question: Avs season ticket holders: are you renewing for next season or are you done? Some answers will be posted…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Two or three more inches and Rocco Grimaldi would have been an NHL goal-scorer Tuesday night, on the one-year anniversary from the last time he could call himself one. On April 4, 2016, Grimaldi scored two goals for the Florida Panthers against Toronto, but, counting the ugly get-ups of the Panthers, he has worn three pro hockey uniforms since.…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

On Friday night at the Pepsi Center, sticks were raised in the air not unlike glasses of champagne during a toast. “Here’s to a brighter future!” would  have been the proper caption to a photo of the moment when Avalanche players saluted the crowd, after a youthful lineup beat the playoff-bound St. Louis Blues. The caption to almost any…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The best team in the NHL played the worst team in the NHL Wednesday night and, just like David slew Goliath so many moons ago, just like the 1969 New York Jets and the 1985 Villanova Wildcats and. … no. There was no upset at the Pepsi Center between the Colorado Avalanche and Washington Capitals. But, almost....

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

I’m stealing this idea from my friend Chad Finn of The Boston Globe, a man who got his start in the newspaper business at one of the same ones I did, the Concord Monitor, in New Hampshire. From 1988-91, your humble correspondent here worked at the Monitor, mostly as the proofreader in what was called the pre-press department. Basically,…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Minus 36. It wasn’t the temperature in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday night. It’s the plus-minus number of Avalanche forward Matt Duchene right now. That’s cold. It was just another awful night for Duchene and the rest of the Avs’ highly-paid young forwards in Saturday’s snooze-fest of a hockey game at Rogers Place, where the Edmonton Oilers won 4-1 to climb…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The big news out of Avalanche headquarters had nothing to do with Saturday night’s rematch with the Edmonton Oilers or anything else with the final few games down the stretch of this abysmal season. Rather, it had everything to do with the early part of next season. The NHL announced Friday morning that the Avalanche will play in Stockholm,…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7-iA0D9lPY We’ve seen Nathan MacKinnon’s acting chops before. He seems to enjoy being a thespian, in addition to an “untouchable” with the Avalanche. Specifically, Nate Dawg seems to enjoy being part of a comedy act, and, no, we’re not talking about the 2016-17 version of the Avs, smart aleck. MacKinnon’s latest acting work adventure comes in Season 11 of…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Want to meet Tyson Barrie and Nathan MacKinnon and get their autographs Wednesday? Now you can., From 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Barrie will at the University Hills King Soopers, 2750 S. Colorado Blvd. From 5-6 p.m., MacKinnon will be at AutoNation Toyota, at 10531 E. Arapahoe Rd. The Avs’ website says to “come say hi and get an autograph”, so…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

https://twitter.com/Walzy_9/status/843644738565783558 It was definitely a blown call. How could the Big Brother watchers in New York and Toronto get it wrong, so wrong, during Sunday’s Avalanche game in Chicago? Jonathan Toews was clearly – clearrrrleee – offside before scoring the goal that got the Blackhawks back into the game midway through the third period. But you know what? The…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

DETROIT – Joe Louis himself would have been ashamed. In the building named after the great boxer, in the building where so many previous Colorado Avalanche teams battled to the last, bloody second, the current version of the Avs went out with a feeble whimper in their final game ever at Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit Red Wings, on…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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…...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Subscribe" style="flat" shape="square" color="black" size="lg" align="center" link="url:%2Fsubscribe%2F|||" css=".vc_custom_1548708374881{background-color: #09285e !important;}"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text single_style=""]

Login for Subscribers

[theme-my-login]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]