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1. New Jersey Devils – Jack Hughes, C, USNTDP (USHL) I’m holding firm here on Hughes. I like Nico Hischier but I think the Hughes/Hischier 1A/2A center combination is too good of a temptation on how to build a roster. New Jersey is also an organization with deep USA Hockey ties so they’ll have a significant amount of information on…...

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ATTENTION: This is an audio story, meaning that BSN Denver subscribers can listen to it if they don't have time to stop and read it in its entirety. We would love to know what you think about it in the comments. Enjoy!

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26. That’s the number of players in the Avalanche organization that don’t currently have contracts for next season. The maximum limit is 50 and most teams spend the season in the 48 range. All this means is Colorado’s front office has plenty of work to do in making decisions on some futures here. Let’s jump into a breakdown of who…...

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The offseason is underway for the Avalanche and there’s plenty of business to conduct. General manager Joe Sakic met with the media today for his annual post-season presser in which he addressed the season as a whole as well as looking ahead to what is setting up to be a busy summer for the organization. The team finished its exit…...

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Colorado’s season ended in brutal fashion with a 3-2 Game 7 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night, kicking off the team’s offseason. Given the on-ice success they just experienced, it’s fair to say the Avalanche have a big summer ahead of them as they look to add to their organization in hopes of taking steps forward. This…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Final grades of the season. Sorry it had to be this way, but that’s what the fates decided. Mikko Rantanen (A-) – I am going to be more on the generous side with the grades tonight. No sense in being real mean, and I think we all know here I can be a bit harsh when…...

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Talking about Colorado Avalanche hockey over the last 10 years has been an exercise in patience, frustration, and a whole lot of futility. The organization simply hasn’t given its fans many reasons to believe any given year was the signal of something bigger, something sustainable. Instead, the only thing sustainable was missing the playoffs with the Avs bottoming out two…...

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Playoff hockey brings a different feel to the arena. Every shift matters, every puck bounce could change the game, every little detail on the ice could mean the difference between winning and losing. In elimination games, that feeling is amplified by a hundred. Or a thousand. Or a million. It feels like life and death, like every day of practice…...

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In a lot of ways, Erik Johnson has been Avalanche hockey. Maddeningly inconsistent at times, tantalizingly talented, and perpetually on the verge of putting it all together and ascending to new heights but never quite actually getting there and wondering if that day will ever come. Yes, it’s easy to look at Johnson’s time as a leader and member of…...

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The education of Cale Makar continues – and will continue beyond his hockey career. “I want to get that degree,” Makar told BSN Denver Thursday morning, several hours before he and the Avalanche were set to play the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of their second-round series. That degree, in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, is about…...

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Sven Andrighetto (D) – Got back into the lineup and the shot metrics look good but I thought he looked awfully rusty. The speed was there but he was hesitant with the puck and one of his best attributes is he’s trigger-happy when he gets it. He was a little turnover prone because of his tentativenes and just looked ineffective overall.…...

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“Take a hit to make a play.” It’s one of hockey’s oldest axioms and when Matt Calvert absorbed a crushing blow from Brent Burns in order to chip the puck out of the defensive zone and ahead to Nathan MacKinnon for what became the game-winning goal in Game 2, Calvert gave up more than just the hit. As it turns…...

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Back in 1970, Alvin and Heidi Toffler published “Future Shock”, a book in which the couple posited society was undergoing a significant structural change and it was overwhelming people as a result. Fun fact: The concept of information overload was soon popularized as a result of their work. Fast forward nearly 50 years and focus on hockey instead of society…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Tyson Barrie was down, but he vows his Avalanche team is far from out. “It’s gonna be a long series,” Barrie told BSN Denver, right after the Avs’ disappointing 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 Friday night here at loud, proud SAP Center. I definitely don’t think the Avs are going to…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Well, that was a very winnable game that the Avalanche let get away in Game 1 in San Jose. Let’s get to the grades. This won’t be too pretty for some: Alexander Kerfoot (D) – Six games now in the postseason for No. 13, one point (assist). Jared Bednar might have to ponder whether he stays…...

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I’ll make this kind of an informal batch of content for you. News: Sam Girard shed the non-contact jersey and will play Game 1 against the Sharks tomorrow. Views: So that means someone either comes out of the lineup or the Avs go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Jared Bednar would not tip his hand on that after practice…...

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So, OK then. Just when everybody was pricing weekend flights to Las Vegas, the Golden Knights blow a three-goal lead with half a period to play, then tie it in the final minute, then lose in OT to the San Jose Sharks. That might have been the most amazing comeback I’ve ever seen. Or, the biggest choke I’ve ever seen.…...

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It was a peculiar feel today as the Avalanche got back on the ice following a couple of days for rest after they dispatched the Calgary Flames over the weekend. The Avs were practicing and keeping the intensity and competitiveness up but…for what, exactly? And when? Colorado’s next opponent remains unknown as the Avalanche await the result of the ongoing…...

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Colin Wilson is like the vast majority of hockey players in that he takes a nap before every game he plays. Unlike most hockey players, before and after every nap Wilson puts a metallic headband around his head, with an external wire connected to an app called Muse on his smartphone. To the manufactured sounds of rain falling in a…...

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