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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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Few things made me roll my eyes quite like listening to the NBC broadcast crew refer to the San Jose Sharks neutral zone set up as a “teal-picket fence” during their playoff series against the Avalanche. It was the kind of hokey nonsense broadcasts throw at you in order to appeal to a more casual audience and watching the…...

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The Avalanche entered the summer with a large number of unsigned young players who they were going to have to find a way to sign while still navigating the free-agent field. After signing Vlad Kamenev yesterday, Colorado was down to two unsigned RFAs and decided to get a headstart on next season. That headstart comes in the form of a…...

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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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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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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The curse of the Shark Tank is no more. For one day, at least. Big win today at the SAP Center for the Avs to even the series at one game apiece. Let’s do some grades: Alexander Kerfoot (C-) – It’s just been a tough postseason for No. 13. I mean, the Avs are winning and…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – One minute and 49 seconds. Not much time in the bigger scheme of things, but an eternity in keeping a puck in the opposing zone uninterrupted. That was the amount of time the Avalanche kept the puck in the San Jose Sharks’ zone in one sequence, and the two players who made the Sharks look like…...

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In the latest edition of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy talk about the Avs’ upcoming playoff series with the San Jose Sharks. How do the Avs match up? What kind of effect will the week-long layoff have on them? Also up for discussion: the return of Sam Girard and Dater’s series prediction.…

An installment of our Inside the Locker Room feature, uncut audio of all us media philosopher kings asking deep questions like “How big is it to win Game 1 of a playoff series?” I have several players from today’s open-room session, so let’s get started: First up, the always eloquent (and that’s no sarcasm here) Ian Cole about the week-long…...

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In the latest installment of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy talk about the Avs’ wild and woolly two games at the Pepsi Center, and look ahead to Game 5 in Calgary and a potential close-out game. Do the Avs have what it takes to close the deal? Adrian and Allie discuss. https://youtu.be/3XMfYBKTA3c

Clay Riddell and N. Murray Edwards are listed as the co-owners of the Calgary Flames. Add Nathan MacKinnon’s name temporarily to the list. From the overtime session of Game 2 in Calgary, through the three periods of Game 3, MacKinnon has claimed dominion over a Flames defense that looks like a bum steer stuck in the mud at the Calgary…...

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If someone off the street who didn’t know Cale Makar went up to him and made some small talk like, “So what did you do this weekend?”, the newest member of the Avalanche would have said: “Oh, nothing much. I was in Buffalo, where I played two NCAA Frozen Four games. On Friday, I won the NCAA college player of…...

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Fresh off the 48-point season the organization will never be able to forget, they watched in horror as their draft lottery luck was about as it bad as it could be, dropping from the well-earned first pick all the way to four. In the 2017 NHL Draft, that tumble seemed significant at the time. The class was considered weaker than…...

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First off, a Faustian Bargain is: damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The Avalanche, it would seem, have one on their hands. If they DO sign Cale Makar to a contract tonight or tomorrow, and he DOES play one minute for the Avs in these playoffs, the phenom defenseman prospect automatically burns a year off his entry-level contract…...

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CALGARY, Alberta – When the NCAA championship game finishes between the University of Massachusetts and Minnesota-Duluth Saturday night, the Avalanche plan to try to immediately sign top prospect Cale Makar to an entry-level NHL contract, BSN Denver has learned. It should be an easy sell. The most Makar can make for his first three years, excluding bonuses, is $925,000 per…...

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Hello from the practice rink, where the Avs held a fairly brief session at Family Sports Center before heading to the airport to fly to St. Louis. No Mikko Rantanen today again. However, Mikko did take to the ice after practice. Not in skates, but in sneakers, gloves and a stick. And, he did a lot of puck-handling, some of…...

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Hobey Baker favorite Cale Makar thinks he's ready to turn pro with Colorado Avalanche

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