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I was browsing the internet the other day when I stumbled across a picture from the set of the third installment of the Bill & Ted movie franchise. Seeing them walk away from their time-traveling phone booth had me waxing nostalgic about when I moved back to Colorado in 2009 and was watching the first two movies a lot.…...

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There is no danger of Nikita Zadorov leaving the Avalanche for the Kontinential Hockey League, and progress has been made in reaching a new contract with the Avs, sources tell BSN Denver. “Trust me, they will have a deal. You can count on it,” said one source familiar with the negotiations between the Russian defenseman and the Avalanche. While a…...

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The Kontinental Hockey League is not the laughingstock it used to be to the NHL. While there is little question that the top professional league in Russia is an overall inferior product to the NHL, that hasn’t stopped some top Russian players recently from bolting the NHL for their homeland. There is a chance Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov could…...

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The Colorado Avalanche extend their losing streak to five games with a 2-0 shutout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

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As Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly returns to Denver since being traded by the Colorado Avalanche, fans experience a wide range of emotions in re-visiting O'Reilly's rocky relationship with the Avalanche

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Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby… Nathan MacKinnon. What do all those players have in common? They were all picked 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft. Most of them are considered the face of the franchise that drafted them. And they were all drafted out of the CHL as Centers. In 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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As the dust kicked up during the NHL draft and free agency settles, the view of the future of the Colorado Avalanche comes into clearer focus. Avalanche general manager, Joe Sakic, had a lot on his plate entering this summer. He just watched his hockey club regress from a captivating season which saw them surge to the top of the Central…...

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Amidst all the clatter and excitement of the Ryan O’Reilly trade and the NHL Draft this weekend, the Colorado Avalanche made a sneaky, very suspicious move which should put General Managers in Calgary and Chicago on high alert. Before the start of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft’s second round, the Avalanche swapped the 31st overall pick (obtained from…...

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It was a busy weekend for the Colorado Avalanche, one that saw them ship Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal. In-your-face defenseman Nikita Zadorov was the big fish coming Colorado’s way, and American-born J.T. Compher is a nice prospect entering his junior season at the University of Michigan. The Avalanche also landed the…...

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After a long weekend which featured three trades and seven selections in the NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche can close the book on draft season and prepare for the start of Free Agency next Wednesday, July 1st. Before launching into our Free Agency coverage this Monday, it’s time to take stock of the Avalanche’s draft activity. In the weeks leading up…...

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While Nikita Zadorov and Mikhail Grigorenko are certainly the biggest pieces headed to Colorado in return for Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn, make no mistake, J.T. Compher is a valuable piece of this Avalanche blockbuster trade. J.T. Compher is a 5-foot-11, 184 pound forward who can play both center and wing. Don’t let his smaller stature fool you, however, he…...

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And just like that, it’s over. Ryan O’Reilly is reportedly being shipped to the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal, thus ending the saga between him and Avalanche management over the past couple of seasons. The recent acquisition of Carl Soderberg and hefty contract demands of O’Reilly seemed to make this result inevitable, and the Avalanche will move forward without…...

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While potentially further setting themselves up for an extremely busy weekend, the Colorado Avalanche have acquired the rights to soon-to-be free agent center Carl Soderberg in exchange for a 6th round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. That selection had been previously acquired by the Avalanche at the trade deadline as part of a package in exchange for…...

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This morning, the Avalanche made Executive VP/General Manager Joe Sakic and Head Coach/VP of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy available to media prior to the 2015 NHL Draft. The big story leading up to July 1st is Ryan O’Reilly. While rumours are flying left and right about where he would go and at what price, Sakic maintained that he’d prefer…...

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We put it off about as long as we could justify but with Elliotte Friedman’s report yesterday that the Colorado Avalanche are listening to offers for Ryan O’Reilly, it’s time to talk about the merits of trading the star center. While everyone on the BSN Avalanche staff agrees that re-signing O’Reilly is the best outcome, the question of what…...

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The Backstory It’s time to address that elephant in the room — or perhaps it’s actually a rhino. Ryan O’Reilly is sure to garner a lot of ink this summer, as the Avalanche weigh their option of a long-term contract for O’Reilly against the possibility of trading him. The backstory is simple. The Avalanche and O’Reilly haven’t been two peas…...

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Welcome back for the Year 2 Review of “Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy play GM!” If you missed yesterday’s breakdown, be sure to check it out here! As was the case yesterday, this breakdown features an average grade between all 6 BSN Avalanche writers. The draft is not graded because it is simply too early to accurately assess the…...

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Ryan O’Reilly. That hockey player Avalanche Nation learns to hate every off-season, and learns to love every regular season. The bearded guy known as Factor comes in at number four on our ‘Top 25 Under 25’ list, with an interesting spread among the six BSN Avalanche writers. A pair of writers rated O’Reilly third, another pair fourth, and a final…...

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The 2015 World Championships continued in Prague, this time pitting the Avalanche players on Team Canada against their teammate Jan Hejda. Hejda has been averaging over nineteen and a half minutes of ice time per game with team Czech Republic, paired with HC CSKA Moscow’s Ondřej Němec of the KHL. While Hejda didn’t tally on the scoresheet, he exhibited…...

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