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In this original DNVR series, we take a look at some of the best Avalanche photography of the last week as well as the top picture in the game of hockey. Picture of the Week...

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You couldn’t wipe the smile off Gabe Landeskog’s face. “It felt good,” Landeskog said about reuniting on the ice with his linemate Mikko Rantanen. “He’s a big part of our team, no doubt about it, and on top of just being a good player and having one of your top players back, it’s a good friend that comes back,…...

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On most days, Avs head coach Jared Bednar is very calm, and at least to the public, won’t praise a player too much. On Sunday night, Bednar didn’t hold back. Shane Bowers has made quite the impression on him. “I thought he was excellent both nights. Excellent.” And that was just the beginning. “Bigger, stronger, faster than he was last…...

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Fresh off his best showing in an Avalanche uniform, Martin Kaut wasn’t resting on his laurels. After Friday’s practice, Kaut didn’t head to the locker room early. Instead, he stayed out late and spent some solo time with Avs skills coach Shawn Allard. Kaut would sit in the slot with his stick down while Allard would launch low shots, with…...

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“They’ve got something to prove, for me.” Those were the words of Jared Bednar on the eve of Avalanche training camp last week when asked about A.J. Greer and Vladislav Kamenev. While the two of them have had very different paths in the Avs organization, both are in the most pivotal training camps of their careers. No longer on their…...

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Most players are happy to answer when you ask how their summer went. The ever polite Sam Girard, still only 21-years-old, doesn’t want it to just be a one-way conversation. “It was good, spent my summer in Quebec back home,” Girard said, before picking his head up and looking at me. “Yours?” That’s the type of person Girard is.…...

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Exhausted and dripping in sweat, Andre Burakovsky sat in his locker with his head down. Just having gotten his first taste of the grueling annual conditioning tests that Jared Bednar likes to give his team, the 24-year-old Swede just needed a minute to recover. As soon as his wind came back to him, he wanted to make one thing clear:…...

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When longtime Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov left in free agency for the New York Islanders, the job of starting goaltender shifted firmly to Philipp Grubauer. This is the shot Grubauer wanted. Last year after coming over from the Washington Capitals, he had to contend with the final year of Varlamov’s tenure in Colorado before winning the job late in the…...

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With Ryan Koenigsberg, AJ Haefele, Harrison Wind and Drew Creasman, the crew goes over what it's like to cover a struggling team, they build a "super coach", and discuss “Who Won the Week”.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Welcome to the Day After a Game 7 Loss. They are never easy. I have some uncut audio from the night that wasn’t, at the Shark Tank. Obviously, it’s a pretty quiet scene in there, the voices are a bit lower than normal. First up, Gabe Landeskog, talking about that unfortunate offside that cost a goal:…...

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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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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Yeah, they got screwed by a stupid rule. A really stupid rule that had absolutely zero to do with the play/goal it nullified. It was like having a home run disallowed because the hitter didn’t touch first base. But we know, deep down, the Avalanche didn’t deserve that Game 7 tonight. The team that played the…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The all-time record for home teams in a Game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series: 103-73. The San Jose Sharks’ all-time record in Game 7s: 7-4. The all-time record for the Avalanche in Game 7s as a team: 4-6. Those are all daunting numbers for Avs fans to see as another seventh game looms tonight…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – This, truly, is the last thing I thought I’d be quoting from the mouth of Jared Bednar after this Game 5 of the Western semifinals with the San Jose Sharks: “They outworked us,” Bednar said. “They were more competitive than us tonight.” And this, folks, is the one thing still keeping the Avalanche from entering the…...

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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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I’m not sure I buy into the old “X-Y-Z team doesn’t know how to win yet, X-Y-Z team needs to go through more of a learning curve before they can win, It’s not quite X-Y-Z’s turn to win just yet.” A lot of the time that’s just armchair media hogwash, pundits looking for an easy angle. Lots of young teams have…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – From an Avalanche perspective, the record is 2-15-6. From a San Jose Sharks perspective, the record is 21-2-0. Either way for the Avs, the record stinks like a dead skunk in the middle of the road. The Avs have won two games at the SAP Center, formerly H-P Pavilion, formerly the San Jose Arena, since March…...

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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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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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The Avalanche did not practice today, which I probably find a little odd, since they’ve been off so long already since knocking off the Flames. But they’ll be back at it Thursday at Family Sports Center, then jet off to San Jose for Game 1 of Round 2, Friday night at SAP Center. Coach Jared Bednar did have a brief…...

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