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Welcome to the weekly Avs mailbag, where we answer whatever Avs questions you have on your mind. If you have any questions for the mailbag, leave them for Evan Rawal on twitter or respond in the comments.

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One of the things I love most about watching sports is when you see a player who, even at the highest level, does things other players simply cannot. We are into the seventh season of watching Nathan MacKinnon so it’s easy to take him for granted at times but he certainly stands out as one of the NHL’s bests.…...

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MacKinnon. Landeskog. Rantanen. The Three-Headed Monster. Coaches dream of having a group that talented, and Jared Bednar isn’t afraid to unleash the monster. Coaches on the opposite bench…well let’s just say they’re not so lucky. Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has felt the effects inherent to this dominant group. Despite having nearly a week to prepare, Peters and the…...

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It’s safe to say expectations are high for Cale Makar. It’s also safe to say he doesn’t care all that much about them. The Avalanche have been lucky enough to see many incredible forwards come through town since 1995 but the high-end defenders have been harder for the organization to find. There have been brief tenures of guys like Rob…...

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Few things made me roll my eyes quite like listening to the NBC broadcast crew refer to the San Jose Sharks neutral zone set up as a “teal-picket fence” during their playoff series against the Avalanche. It was the kind of hokey nonsense broadcasts throw at you in order to appeal to a more casual audience and watching the…...

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The Avalanche entered the summer with a large number of unsigned young players who they were going to have to find a way to sign while still navigating the free-agent field. After signing Vlad Kamenev yesterday, Colorado was down to two unsigned RFAs and decided to get a headstart on next season. That headstart comes in the form of a…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The curse of the Shark Tank is no more. For one day, at least. Big win today at the SAP Center for the Avs to even the series at one game apiece. Let’s do some grades: Alexander Kerfoot (C-) – It’s just been a tough postseason for No. 13. I mean, the Avs are winning and…...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – One minute and 49 seconds. Not much time in the bigger scheme of things, but an eternity in keeping a puck in the opposing zone uninterrupted. That was the amount of time the Avalanche kept the puck in the San Jose Sharks’ zone in one sequence, and the two players who made the Sharks look like…...

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In the latest edition of the Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Piper Electric, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy talk about the Avs’ upcoming playoff series with the San Jose Sharks. How do the Avs match up? What kind of effect will the week-long layoff have on them? Also up for discussion: the return of Sam Girard and Dater’s series prediction.…

An installment of our Inside the Locker Room feature, uncut audio of all us media philosopher kings asking deep questions like “How big is it to win Game 1 of a playoff series?” I have several players from today’s open-room session, so let’s get started: First up, the always eloquent (and that’s no sarcasm here) Ian Cole about the week-long…...

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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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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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CALGARY, Alberta – It was all drawn up nice by Jared Bednar on his waxy chalkboard. His Avalanche team would win a faceoff and score the tying goal in a playoff game against the Calgary Flames, then hope to go on and win from there. That’s exactly what happened – except none of it really went as planned. “It was…...

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Every year there are defining moments throughout the season that people get attached to because they were either so unexpected or so spectacular (or both) that they couldn’t help but be etched into your memories forever. When I think back to last year and Colorado’s unexpected run to the postseason, I obviously remember the 10-game winning streak and the game…...

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard is already taking over the defense.

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Avalanche lose to Minnesota Wild Saturday in NHL preseason game

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