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(BSN Denver’s Jesse Montano obtained quotes and other material for the following story from the game in Sweden) STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The opportunity was there for the Colorado Avalanche’s best players to prove this was their team now, that the trade of Matt Duchene was the best thing for them as a team. The opportunity was right there against Duchene’s…...

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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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In Las Vegas, a “tell” is a dirty word. You don’t want to give away your hand with some kind of twitch or habit. But when it comes to the Colorado Avalanche making the final decision on its final top-six defenseman, the team might have made a tell Thursday night in Vegas. Chris Bigras – not Duncan Siemens, not Andrei…...

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In the 5-1 destruction of the Minnesota Wild tonight, the Colorado Avalanche were battling not just the invaders from the north but also themselves as the fight to make the opening night roster intensifies entering the final week of the preseason. One of the most tightly contested battles is on the blue line where youngster Chris Bigras is attempting to…...

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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. – He had already lost the tale of the tape, by but A.J. Greer still wanted to drop ’em with the biggest guy on the ice Monday night. That says it all about the Colorado Avalanche prospect, who might as well have “No Fear” as his new nickname. Kyle Wood, a former defenseman Avalanche prospect now with…...

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SAN JOSE, CALIF. – There won’t be any getting Alex Kerfoot off his game mentally with a “How do you like them apples?” crack about the Harvard grad, a la Matt Damon to that pony-tailed D-bag in that bar scene from “Goodwill Hunting.” No doubt, though, plenty of opponents will try. American “college boys” still face a barrage of trash…...

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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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I’ve gotten some gloomy texts from Avalanche fans of late, who seem to be already throwing in the towel for the 2017-18 season. “AD, give me some reason for hope with this team because right now I’m just not seeing any”, can accurately sum up the gist of many messages in my inbox. You need optimism? You need someone to…...

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BSN Avalanche’s Top 25 Colorado Avalanche Under 25 series continues with defenseman Chris Bigras, who was ranked 6th by the BSN staff.

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The Colorado Avalanche released the full Rookie Camp and Showcase dates and times today. We look at the roster and find some interesting nuggets among the group.

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Will the Colorado Avalanche be able to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of last week’s two disheartening losses and become something better, stronger, faster?

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The Colorado Avalanche slid through some crucial and disheartening losses, yet they still remain relevant in the postseason hunt for a wild card spot.

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Tensions mount as the Colorado Avalanche continue to battle for a postseason slot, the trade deadline looms, and the coach shuffles line combinations.

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This week's Good, Bad and Ugly features the Colorado Avalanche's rise in the standings, Semyon Varlamov as the NHL Star of the Week, short handed goals, Gabriel Landeskog's leadership, and Thoughts to Ponder.

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The Colorado Avalanche pressed through a roller coaster week with interesting roster moves, gritty play, and overcoming injuries to stay relevant in the post season race.

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The week was a bit of sunshine and a bit of rain as the Rampage split the week's games with two wins and two losses. Major roster moves and injuries don't bode well for the boys in the coming week.

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Let’s just get this out of the way first because it’s been a long time coming and I know people have things they want to say. Nate Guenin was placed on waivers. It’s unlikely he gets claimed and he isn’t being sent to San Antonio, leaving open the possibility he returns to the Avs lineup at some point. Thoughts?…...

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