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Calvin Pickard will start for the Toronto Maple Leafs against his former team, the Colorado Avalanche, Friday night at Pepsi Center

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There is a lot to be thankful for in the past week of Avalanche play and it's all covered in this week's Good, Bad and Ugly - Thanksgiving style.

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A quick notebook here, a day after the Avalanche’s Velvet Elvis-level ugly performance in Las Vegas. First off, Alexander Kerfoot is OK after a high hit taken from Vegas’s Brayden McNabb. He’ll be in the lineup against Chicago tonight at the Pepsi Center (7 p.m.). Gabriel Bourque, however, will not play because of injury. With the Avs only having 12…...

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Just wrapped up here at Family Sports Center, with the Avalanche newly practiced and about to head to the airport for the short flight to LAS VEGAS! Roulette wheels, all-night poker and blackjack, Britney Spears shows and…no, not quite. This is a BUSINESS trip, folks. The Avs said all the right things before leaving for Vegas, where they will play…...

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Nail Yakupov was laughing and joking with teammates Monday morning, even doing a bit of prancing. At one point, the Russian winger did a “Hans and Franz” muscle pose, drawing guffaws from countryman Semyon Varlamov. A few nights ago, Yak wasn’t so jovial. He was benched for the entire third period of a Colorado Avalanche loss to St. Louis, his…...

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NEWARK, N.J. – Message, received. Nikita Zadorov did not say that in so many words, but the language his 6-foot-6 body gave off Friday afternoon at his stall in the Colorado Avalanche’s practice locker room said it for him. Chastened, humbled, maybe even a bit annoyed and embarrassed, Zadorov talked of being a healthy scratch for the team’s season opener…...

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NEW YORK – That’s why people haven’t given up on Nail Yakupov just yet. That’s why Matt Duchene wasn’t just given away on the trading block. And, THAT’S WHY the Avalanche protected Semyon Varlamov in the NHL Expansion draft, not Calvin Pickard, folks. On a day when the Vegas Golden Knights put Pickard on waivers, Varlamov made Colorado Avalanche general…...

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NEW YORK – The puck drops on the Avs’ 2017-18 season here about 4 1/2 hours from now, and BSN Denver will be there to bring you the scene. You have your forward lines from earlier in the day. As we said, Carl Soderberg will be a healthy scratch. I’m sure we’ll discuss that more as time goes on, but…...

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Good morning from the Pepsi Center, where the C0lorado Avalanche will play another game that doesn’t count tonight, against the Dallas Stars. The big news? Matt Duchene will be in the lineup (pictured above), likely on a line with Alex Kerfoot and Nail Yakupov. It will be interesting to see how the crowd greets Duchene tonight, eh? I’m sure he’ll…...

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What will constitute success to Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic in 2017-18? Enough with the one-liners already as to what that might be. After a franchise-low 48-point season in 2016-17, Sakic had a wide-ranging conversation with BSN Denver where he talked about what it was like to live through that season – and what his plan is to make…...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB2TRwIQ0HM Hello from Magness Arena, where a Zamboni is out there right now resurfacing the ice following the Colorado Avalanche annual Burgundy-White game. This, after J.T. Compher wiped the competition on the same ice Sunday. Compher, no question about it, was the No. 1 star of the game. He scored two goals – one a hard-to-the-net rebound putback against a…...

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SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Got some time to kill at the airport gate before my flight back to Denver, so I thought I’d kill some of it with some observations from the Avs’ just-concluded rookie showcase tourney here in Silicon Valley. I’m glad I came, as it’s been a while since I’ve really been able to focus in on some…...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XvIfm7Onmw SAN JOSE, CALIF. – In a dark, grungy practice rink on the outskirts of this Bay Area city, the Colorado Avalanche’s 2017-18 rookie class’s play, in the final analysis, mirrored their surroundings in their “Prospect Showcase” game against the youngsters of the San Jose Sharks Saturday night. Sometimes, promises of a bright future shone through. At other times, things…...

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Let’s do a July 29 edition of the Avs Mailbag. Not a whole heck of a lot going on with the Avs right now, but we know you still have questions, so let’s get to some: Dater, It is nearly August now. I’m worried (Nikita) Zadorov might go back to Russia to play in the KHL. We are right screwed…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have been involved in some interesting shenanigans while the Stanley Cup has been awarded and the last vestiges of playoff hockey have started to fade from memory. Since this year’s offseason may prove more interesting than last year’s entire regular season, it seemed a good time for a roundup of what’s occurred and what’s on the horizon.…...

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While salaries of players in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League are not made public, the agent for new Avalanche defenseman Andrei Mironov says he will take a big pay cut to achieve his dream of playing in the NHL. “He had one year left on his deal and would have made a lot more had he stayed there instead of…...

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Andrei Mironov, a 6-foot-2, 198-pound defenseman who played 18 games for Dynamo Moskva (Moscow) of the Kontinental Hockey League, appears headed to the Avalanche this coming season. Although he has one year remaining on his KHL pro contract, the general manager of Moskva, Andrei Safronov, said Mironov will be allowed to forego that final year and play for Colorado…...

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Casey takes a look at young Russian defenseman Andrei Mironov for the Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 series. There's a lot to like about the hard-hitting defender, but will he come to North America?

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As the World Cup schedules, groups and various management teams were recently announced, it’s time to take our first look at which players from the Avalanche could possibly represent their countries during next summer’s event. Team Canada Locks: None Bubble: Matt Duchene, F Duchene loves representing Team Canada and never turns down an opportunity to put the maple leaf…...

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After a long weekend which featured three trades and seven selections in the NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche can close the book on draft season and prepare for the start of Free Agency next Wednesday, July 1st. Before launching into our Free Agency coverage this Monday, it’s time to take stock of the Avalanche’s draft activity. In the weeks leading up…...

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