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All Things Avs:
No practice today for the Avs, who resume practice Monday and next play at Vancouver on Wednesday. Adrian Dater will be on that three-game, western-Canadian trip. Look for a story in Monday’s paper about young defenseman Erik Johnson, who had one of his best games as an Av against St. Louis, his former team, on Saturday night. The story speaks to required skills that EJ actually has to work at — keeping his feet moving and playing with an edge. Bottom line: he needs to build off games like Saturday.
Here’s a quote from Milan Hejduk about tying Adam Foote for 967 games played with the Colorado/Quebec franchise. Joe Sakic leads with 1,378. Hejduk had no clue about tying Foote, but after telling him, he said:
“Joe is unreachable. This is definitely a nice milestone. I don’t pay attention to these things much. Maybe when everything is said is done I’ll look back and say ‘This is cool.’ But right now there are more important things.”
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This has been an article I've been writing for a while but because of the Denver Post's article by Mike Chambers, it felt like the right time.
When the Avalanche added a player like Erik Johnson to their roster late last year, there were some serious questions that had to be answered.
Was he a first round bust? Can he find his game again? Will he stop being so soft...
The Colorado Avalanche have earned five points in their last three games and are certainly trending in the right direction after a tough divisional stretch. The conclusion of the four-game homestand proved fruitful for Colorado as they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 last Tuesday and the Carolina Hurricanes in a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in which Ryan O'Reilly was...
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ST. LOUIS — No skate today for the Avalanche, which flew here immediately after last night’s 4-3 overtime victory over Carolina in Denver. No updates, really, other than the same guys who participated in last night’s warmups — including scratched defenseman Ryan Wilson — also just skated in warmups at Scottrade Center.
Assuming veteran winger Milan Hejduk plays, he will...
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The only three captains in Avalanche history are now the only three players to have played at least 967 regular-season games for the Colorado-Quebec franchise. Current captain Milan Hejduk reached 967 games Saturday night, tying the retired Adam Foote.
Matt Duchene at practice today, though he wore the pumpkin jersey for non-contact. He looked much quicker on his skates than when I saw him a few days ago, skating on his own.
We’ll get an update on him after practice, but the signs are looking strong he’ll be back real soon.
Here’s some video of him from the practice:
Erik Johnson played like he had a score to settle with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. The young Avalanche defenseman was chippy but did not commit a penalty, and his mean streak was pure benefit to his team.
Matt Duchene returned to practice with the Avalanche today, albeit in an orange non-contact jersey.
Sporting an orange (non-contact jersey) Matt Duchene skated with the team this morning for the first time since his knee injury on December 29.
Duchene, who's been skating on his own for the last week, once again took the ice by himself prior t...
Ryan O'Reilly scored on a slap shot with 1.2 seconds remaining in overtime and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped a season-high 39 shots in the Colorado Avalanche's 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. Gabriel Landeskog, Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny also scored for Colorado.