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His ice time in normal situations is, well, normal. His ice time when the Avalanche needs a big goal is: however much he wants. J.T. Compher lives for the clutch moments. In his DNA, he’s got that gene that stays cool and calm in emergency situations, while others get jittery and panicky. When the Avs needed a tying goal in…...

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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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Semyon Varlamov is finding it hard being a backup

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Gabe Landeskog just smiled at the post-morning skate question: “So, where are you and Matthew Tkachuk going for dinner if the Calgary Flames are your playoff opponent?” Landeskog lost four games of pay last season after cross-checking Tkachuk in the back of the head, an action that might have earned the Avalanche captain a pass-the-hat payment…...

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Greetings from the morning skate, where the Avalanche just finished up its session. We could be talking about a playoff team tonight. Or, we could be talking about a team that needs to go to San Jose and maybe have to win something, even if it’s just one point. The scenario: the Avs’ magic number is 1. One point in…...

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Two players were on the ice together – Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Bourque – and one unleashed a beauty of a wrist shot from the right circle to just inside the far post. If you were laying odds on which player would score the goal, you’d have bet the mortgage on No. 29 instead of 57, right? On a night…...

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This will be a tough postmortem to perform, if, as it appears more and more likely, exactly how and why the Avalanche fell apart so badly in the second half of this season and missed the playoffs. I don’t really get it, folks. On Dec. 6, the Avalanche had a 17-7-5 record after a 5-2 win at the BB&T Center…...

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CALIFORNIA – Remember last Saturday? No? Let me rewind: That day, the Colorado Avalanche went into Nashville and shut out the Predators 5-0, not even 17 hours after they’d gone in to Chicago and beaten the Blackhawks in their barn. The Avs played aggressive, smart, team hockey, with a roster specked with some youngsters who really helped add to the cause.…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – There will be a change in the Avalanche’s defensive rotation tonight, when they play the San Jose Sharks here at SAP Center. Ian Cole, out since Feb. 7 following a broken orbital bone around his left eye, will return to the lineup and replace rookie Ryan Graves. Cole will wear a full facial shield, something he’s actually…...

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#DaterJinx be damned, there is still plenty of hope for this Colorado Avalanche hockey club. The Avs go into tonight’s game with the Vegas Golden Knights three points out of the second and final Western Conference playoff spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild. They are also even in points with the Arizona Coyotes (57) and two points back of…...

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BOSTON – Some uncut audio from the game in Boston today, with one additional one from yesterday in Brooklyn. A couple of notes: My talk with Alexander Kerfoot continued after I pushed “stop” on the record button. I understand why he probably was a little ticked off by my line of questioning. He’s just played in another brutal overtime loss. He’s…...

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ARLINGTON, Va. – Hello from the Old Dominion (that’s the official nickname of Virginia), where the Avs had a practice today. I’ve got four pieces of uncut audio for your listening pleasure. I would say the Avs had an upbeat practice here. No, there aren’t tons of laughs and jokes around the team right now, but I think the attitude was…...

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Inside the Avalanche's plan to turn things around

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This day, like most every other day for the Colorado Avalanche the last two months, unfolded the same way. A peppery sense of optimism characterized the dressing room after the morning skate. Semyon Varlamov joked around with TV man Marc Moser, doing stretches just outside the room. Jared Bednar spoke of how he liked his team’s leadership core…...

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Joe Sakic did an impromptu press conference tonight, with the few select people who bother to cover the Avalanche on a regular basis. As I wrote three days ago, the main takeaway from the presser was the fact that the Avs’ GM absolutely will not entertain any offers for any of the team’s top existing young prospects – or for…...

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OTTAWA, Ontario – Just when I thought I had something figured out with this team, just when I dared to say this team had some momentum on which to build, just when I dared to predict that prosperity was just around the corner for this team again, the Colorado Avalanche went out and just stunk up the ice at the Canadian Tire…...

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Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar searching for a win again

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We all saw what looked like a moment of confrontation Wednesday night, between Nathan  MacKinnon and Jared Bednar, on the Avalanche bench with about eight seconds left in a 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames. Sportsnet hockey analyst Kelly Hrudey said he thought MacKinnon said “just do your job” to his coach. MacKinnon slammed his water bottle against the bench,…...

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This column about the Avalanche was going to be pretty negative originally. That’s why I’m going to include what I had written before Carl Soderberg tied the game up with just 1:50 left in regulation, a goal that got the Avalanche a point on New Year’s Eve against the Los Angeles Kings. I was soooooooooo looking forward to erasing the…...

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