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NHL players lost 14 percent of their pay in 2015-16 from escrow losses

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The NHL tried to simplify its off-sides rule over the summer, but in the process appear to have only confused their own officials more. As a result, the Colorado Avalanche lost out on a critical point, or two, Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues. The league admitted Friday it bungled the call in what should have been a good…...

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Sunday night’s loss to the New York Giants wasn’t just a bad loss, it put into question just how good the Broncos actually are.

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Avoiding an arbitration hearing that was pending, the Colorado Avalanche and forward Matt Nieto agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract Tuesday morning. Nieto’s signing means the Avs have only two remaining unsigned restricted free agents: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov and forward Rocco Grimaldi. Nieto, a left wing, never signed his qualifying offer of $771,000, and became the only Avs player…...

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The Colorado Avalanche re-sign Mikhail Grigorenko for one year and $1.3M.

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Okay, sports fans and fellow media folks, we need to have a talk. About happiness. And expressing happiness. “But Casey,” you say. “You’re an Avalanche fan, how could you possibly know what happiness is?” In all seriousness though, isn’t happiness the reason why we watch sport as entertainment? While the lows can be gut-clenchingly low, the highs are like…...

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Pictures from the event [slideshow_deploy id=’22209′] Interview with Joe Sakic Interview with Kris Draper Interview with Gabriel Landeskog...

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This morning’s press conference featured a quick history of hockey in Colorado, paying homage to the original Colorado Rockies franchise and of course to the storied Avalanche-Red Wings rivalry.  As the Avalanche celebrate their 20th Anniversary season they continue to pay homage the history of hockey in Colorado with a new third jersey that emulates the original Rockies franchise and…...

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The San Antonio Rampage opening night roster is starting to take shape as depth signings continue to trickle in. While some players are fully expected to start the season in Texas, there are more than a few who will be battling for a spot with the Avalanche on opening night. This week begins a series of articles looking at…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) As teams settled into the salary cap era, the league slowly transitioned into what it is today. Gone are the times where a single strategy would almost guarantee a win.  Yes, drafting is still very important (not to mention the basis for all of the Chicago and LA Cup wins), but trade or trade/UFA teams…...

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About 30 years ago, you could tune into any Los Angeles Kings game, and you’d probably be guaranteed to see two things: Wayne Gretzky stickhandle his way through defenders in an amazing display of talent and Marty McSorley beating down on some guy for committing any number of violations against Number 99. Fast forward ten years. Switch on any…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) After the lockout, everything changed. Some shifts happened almost instantly, while others slowly phased in as teams adjusted to the new rules.  Gone were the days of free spending and buying contenders; front office strategy now needed to involve far more than simply planning massive trades.  Certain organizations adapted quickly (or at least stumbled…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) If the early 1990s set the groundwork for the 2005 lockout, it was the team building strategies of the late ’90s and early ’00s that cemented it.  The high spending ways of the Rangers and Penguins were nothing in comparison to what the second half of the decade wrought. Although mired in the…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) As we saw yesterday, teams during the dynasty era primarily built their clubs through the draft and other young players.  Each of the three main organizations went about this task in a slightly different way – Montreal through acquiring picks in trades, the Islanders by using their own, and Edmonton through a series of claims and…...

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(Click Here for Full Size Image) Have you ever wondered how the great dynasties of the 1970s and 80s were created?  There’s no doubt they had great players, with nine future Hall of Famers on Montreal’s rosters (ten if you count Roy in ’86), five from the Islanders, and another six from the Oilers.  Even the Calgary Flames, the…...

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How are successful hockey teams built?  Sure, they have talent, but how is that talent acquired, retained, and renewed throughout the years?  Is there some form of roadmap for rebuilds, blueprints for building wins?  And where do the Avs stack up in all of this? Welcome to BSN Denver’s summer series, (De)Constructing Contenders.  In order to answer some of these…...

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Before the 1980s, drafting European players was rare. Spending a valuable pick on a player from the Eastern Bloc was even rarer. However, sometimes the talent was just too good not to take the chance. Such was the case with Anton Stastny, a young prolific scorer who first caught the eye of the Philadelphia Flyers and, subsequently, the Quebec Nordiques. The…...

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Being elite in any discipline can be daunting. The accolades run steady and can carry a person away as if caught in a current. While this can build confidence, it can quickly turn to arrogance and foolishness if not tempered with responsibility and respect for the talent the person possesses. This is never truer than with those who become…...

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A few months ago, rumors that the Colorado Avalanche had signed Norweigan forward Andreas Martinsen appeared all over European hockey boards.  The team hasn’t confirmed or denied their interest in Martinsen, but, with the IIHF World Championship in full swing, I took the opportunity to scout the rumored Avalanche signee. As I looked for the hulking winger, however, all I could see was former Avalanche…...

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