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Imagine hearing this last season: The Colorado Avalanche have too much depth. The idea that the Avalanche lacked scoring potential beyond its top line was beaten to death, beaten in the afterlife, and then beaten some more. Colorado was often called a ‘one-line team.’ It seems that Joe Sakic felt personally attacked by this narrative because, since the conclusion of…...

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In an Avalanche season highlighted by rookie sensation Cale Makar’s fearless dominance and success from all of Joe Sakic’s offseason additions, it’s easy to lose track of Nathan MacKinnon. Take last week’s 7-3 blowout of the conference-leading St. Louis Blues for example. Sam Girard clearly raised his game in an uncharacteristic four-point explosion. The newly-signed defenseman stole the night’s storyline not because he…...

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July 1, 2019. A day that forever changed the trajectory of the Avalanche and Maple Leafs alike. Tyson Barrie and Alex Kerfoot were shipped to Toronto in exchange for Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosén. Both Joe Sakic and Kyle Dubas surrendered cornerstone assets in exchange for much-needed role players. On Saturday night, we saw the results of that trade come…...

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MacKinnon. Landeskog. Rantanen. The Three-Headed Monster. Coaches dream of having a group that talented, and Jared Bednar isn’t afraid to unleash the monster. Coaches on the opposite bench…well let’s just say they’re not so lucky. Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has felt the effects inherent to this dominant group. Despite having nearly a week to prepare, Peters and the…...

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For a team sporting the least amount of five-on-five time in 2018-19, you could say special teams are important for the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, Colorado’s performance with the man advantage and disadvantage is critical to their success next season. Last year, the Avs’ power play ranked seventh-best in the NHL while their penalty kill finished seventh-worst. Offseason moves transformed…...

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Do the Avalanche finally have depth scoring? After a season in which a three-headed monster featuring Gabe Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen ate the majority of Colorado’s minutes, the Avalanche believe they may finally have consistent production beyond the top line. As the undisputed second-line center, Nazem Kadri will drive offense alongside Colorado’s budding young forwards. The Avs are…...

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With training camp and preseason games right around the corner, Jared Bednar will soon be brainstorming ways to hit the ground running in time for the regular season. The Avalanche can all but guarantee a playoff appearance by outmatching the fitness, focus, and most importantly, scoring of their opponents through their first 20 games. Or can they? In the past,…...

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The Cale Makar hype train is leaving the station. Conductor Joe Sakic asks you to take your seats and hold onto something. This is going to be a wild ride. Sakic and company dealt Tyson Barrie to the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, effectively doubling down on their confidence in the NHL newbie. Following this move, the expectations for…...

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Joe Sakic finally got his guy. After sending Carl Soderberg to the Arizona Coyotes, there was a glaring hole in the Colorado Avalanche lineup at center behind Nathan MacKinnon. Sakic filled that hole by trading Tyson Barrie and Alex Kerfoot to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Calle Rosén and veteran center Nazem Kadri. The reasons for Colorado’s interest…

This hypothetical is sounding more like a reality every minute with rumors flying regarding his destination. Tyson Barrie is coming off his best National Hockey League season in which he notched 14 goals and 45 assists, combining for a career-high 59 points. He was the seventh-highest point-producing defenseman in the league, he set the franchise record for most all-time goals…...

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