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The Entry Draft is an event in every major sport that fans are naturally attracted to because you get to see the future of the sport right in front of you. Hockey, unlike football or basketball and much more like baseball, is a sport whose draft is an event that celebrates the long-term projectability of teenagers prodigious talents rather than…...

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One last hurrah. One final invasion from enemy fans. One more swan song on a season where the excuses piled up faster than the wins. As a sea of red washed over the Pepsi Center as the always-robust Blackhawks bandwagon invaded for the final time this season, the Colorado Avalanche cried havoc and let slip the dogs of war, racing…...

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Late in the season, searching for positives and desperate to find redeeming qualities, the Colorado Avalanche gave everyone the story of the season when rookie Joey Hishon’s story of redemption, his long battle against concussions and the long-derailed career of the once-great prospect finally appearing back on track, overtook the hockey world. Very quietly, Avs backup goaltender Reto Berra has…...

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Officially eliminated from the playoffs and embarrassed in their last game, the Colorado Avalanche players and coaches have spent the last few days leading up to tonight’s contest versus the Nashville Predators saying they were playing their final 3 games of the season, all at home, for the pleasure of the fans to say thank you for the year-long support.…...

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Before the puck even dropped between the Colorado Avalanche and hosting Los Angeles Kings, the Avs had been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race when the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks earlier in the day. The dream was officially dead. Everyone knew it was a matter of time as the Avs had consistently failed to capitalize on the weak…...

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In a disappointing season for the Colorado Avalanche, it’s all about finding the small things to take solace in. For one more night, the Avs staved off mathematical elimination from the playoffs as they held off the Anaheim Ducks on the road, 4-2, despite being thoroughly outplayed for much of the game. A breakaway goal by Matt Duchene, his 21st…...

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One of the saving graces of being realistically eliminated from the playoff race with two weeks left to play is the opportunity to give some players a chance a team normally otherwise would not be willing to provide. Such is the case of the Colorado Avalanche tonight in giving yet another opportunity to backup goaltender Reto Berra, whose play this…...

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One of the things that makes hockey such an interesting sport is how the unpredictable elements, such as ice and the oddly-shaped puck, combine with the natural speed and flow of the sport. Most of the time the teams with the most talent win out because they’re able to overcome the random elements of the game and convert limited opportunities…...

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As this season winds down, the Colorado Avalanche are all about searching for the positives as they begin looking to next season. Head Coach Patrick Roy keeps finding reasons to pump the optimism into the Pepsi Center despite another season in which the Avs will fail to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. On a night like this, playing against one…...

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Sports are filled with hyperbole. Everywhere you look, you’re seeing the “GREATEST TEAM OF ALL-TIME” or a rough equivalent. You’re never not in the presence of greatness when you’re witnessing sports unfold on a live stage. When I say that this Colorado Avalanche team might be the most resilient team since the glory days of Sakic, Roy, and Forsberg I’m…...

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With the Avalanche season all but over entering tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, there was a sense coming into this game that a letdown was inevitable. Facing the 28th place team in a 30-team league two nights after being all but eliminated from the playoff race, the start of the game was the kind of deflating effort that you…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced they’ve signed defenseman Mason Geertsen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Geertsen, 19, is coming off a breakout season in juniors for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League, where he notched 38 points (13g/25a) in 69 games. The towering 6’4″ defenseman played in all situations for a Giants team that struggled all season, ultimately…...

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There are a lot of ways to arrive at the final result in a hockey game. Every night during the opening moments of a broadcast, the production crew puts up fancy graphics and stats to illustrate the ways each team is set to succeed or fail and call them the Keys to the Game. To figure out how to the…...

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The only way to describe the Colorado Avalanche as their season winds down is resilient. Facing the uphill battle of being 8 points out of the playoffs with 12 games to play, the Avs went into the Honda Center tonight to face the well-rested, league-leading Anaheim Ducks on the second night of a back-to-backthe playoff race. Despite a very slow…...

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Colorado’s desperate run towards the playoffs got a needed boost Thursday night as the Avalanche beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 in Glendale, Arizona. While the teams they are currently chasing did not provide much help, the Avs stayed focused and took care of the business they could control by beating one of the NHL’s worst teams in the first game…...

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Last week during a post-practice media session, Colorado Avalanche Head Coach Patrick Roy raised many eyebrows when he was asked about the play of Tyson Barrie and responded with a speech about how the contributions of rugged defenseman Brad Stuart have played a key role in team's recent surge of success. "This is a guy that we don't talk about...

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