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(Click Here for Full Size Image) As teams settled into the salary cap era, the league slowly transitioned into what it is today. Gone are the times where a single strategy would almost guarantee a win.  Yes, drafting is still very important (not to mention the basis for all of the Chicago and LA Cup wins), but trade or trade/UFA teams…...

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About 30 years ago, you could tune into any Los Angeles Kings game, and you’d probably be guaranteed to see two things: Wayne Gretzky stickhandle his way through defenders in an amazing display of talent and Marty McSorley beating down on some guy for committing any number of violations against Number 99. Fast forward ten years. Switch on any…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) After the lockout, everything changed. Some shifts happened almost instantly, while others slowly phased in as teams adjusted to the new rules.  Gone were the days of free spending and buying contenders; front office strategy now needed to involve far more than simply planning massive trades.  Certain organizations adapted quickly (or at least stumbled…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) If the early 1990s set the groundwork for the 2005 lockout, it was the team building strategies of the late ’90s and early ’00s that cemented it.  The high spending ways of the Rangers and Penguins were nothing in comparison to what the second half of the decade wrought. Although mired in the…...

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Our series of Central Division analysis comes to a close with the Dallas Stars, who have had one of the busiest summers of 2015. Like the Avalanche, the Stars made the playoffs in 2013-14, then just missed out the following season. A late season injury to star forward Tyler Seguin certainly didn’t help, but most often criticized was the…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) As we saw yesterday, teams during the dynasty era primarily built their clubs through the draft and other young players.  Each of the three main organizations went about this task in a slightly different way – Montreal through acquiring picks in trades, the Islanders by using their own, and Edmonton through a series of claims and…...

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The hockey jersey website Icethetics.com revealed an exclusive first look at the new third jerseys to be used by the Colorado Avalanche in the upcoming 2015-16 season. The Avalanche are expected to officially unveil the jersey later. Having retired the recent “blueberry” third jerseys after six seasons in use, the Avalanche shift gears into more of an homage to…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) Have you ever wondered how the great dynasties of the 1970s and 80s were created?  There’s no doubt they had great players, with nine future Hall of Famers on Montreal’s rosters (ten if you count Roy in ’86), five from the Islanders, and another six from the Oilers.  Even the Calgary Flames, the…...

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How are successful hockey teams built?  Sure, they have talent, but how is that talent acquired, retained, and renewed throughout the years?  Is there some form of roadmap for rebuilds, blueprints for building wins?  And where do the Avs stack up in all of this? Welcome to BSN Denver’s summer series, (De)Constructing Contenders.  In order to answer some of these…...

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Before the 1980s, drafting European players was rare. Spending a valuable pick on a player from the Eastern Bloc was even rarer. However, sometimes the talent was just too good not to take the chance. Such was the case with Anton Stastny, a young prolific scorer who first caught the eye of the Philadelphia Flyers and, subsequently, the Quebec Nordiques. The…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced they signed restricted free agent goalie Calvin Pickard to a one-year contract. The contract is a two-way contract worth $850,500 at the NHL level. The 23-year old Pickard had a breakthrough season last year as he made his NHL debut while filling in for injured goaltender Semyon Varlamov and pushing backup Reto Berra to…...

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Last week on Twitter a lively debate about the Colorado Avalanche All-Time Roster sprung up as I was sifting through the team’s history for no particular reason. As a result of the discussion, I decided to sit down and actually come up with what my all-time Avalanche roster would look like and provide some reasoning behind the selections. It’s…...

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The Colorado Avalanche announced they have signed restricted free agent Joey Hishon to a one-year, two-way contract with a cap hit of $890,000 if Hishon makes the NHL. His AHL salary would be $70,000 if that’s where he ends up. The 23-year old Hishon made his regular season NHL debut last year, appearing in 13 games and registering 1…...

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The Chicago Blackhawks have had to shed cap space and reformulate over and over since their 2010 Stanley Cup, but they always seem to come out the better for it. The NHL’s current champions are next in our Central Division Roundup series. Previously, we have explored the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, and Nashville Predators. The Hawks have…...

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The Winnipeg Jets are another team that hasn’t done a whole lot of moving and shaking this summer. After analyzing the Minnesota Wild yesterday and the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues earlier in the week, we head north to explore a team that many predicted would go deeper than they did last season. The Jets as-is are a big,…...

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Today our analysis of the NHL Central Division’s offseason movements focuses on the Minnesota Wild. After covering the Nashville Predators’ changes and the St. Louis Blues’ offseason moves, we look at Colorado’s budding rivalry. Relying on a shutdown defense quarterbacked by Ryan Suter and an emphasis on competent, possession-heavy play, the Wild have been a solid team for the…...

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After our analysis of the St. Louis Blues yesterday, our 2015 Central Division Offseason Roundup series continues with the Nashville Predators. The Predators’ biggest move in the 2014 offseason was undoubtedly the firing of veteran head coach Barry Trotz, who was replaced by former Philadelphia Flyers coach Pete Laviolette. Laviolette led the Predators to second place in the Central…...

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Today marks the beginning of our roundtable series where we recap the offseason changes made by the Avalanche’s Central Division rivals. We won’t be delving too deep into the financial aspects of each team’s signings, focusing instead on how their new lineups will fare against the Avalanche in 2016. We start with the St. Louis Blues, who have had…...

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Today the Avalanche locked up recent acquisition Mikhail Grigorenko on a 1-year, $675,000 contract. The young Russian remains a restricted free agent at the end of this exceptionally cap-friendly deal. Grigorenko, who was a restricted free agent, was acquired from Buffalo on June 26 along with defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forward J.T. Compher and the 31st-overall pick at this year’s…...

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As the dust begins to settle on summer moves, a clear picture of where the Avalanche stand as a franchise is beginning to form.  Like every team, there’s still room to improve, but sweeping summer changes have finally brought a semblance of stability to an organization that’s gone quite some time without. The 2015-16 season will not only mark…...

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