Avs young core not getting it done

After a resurgent year in which the Colorado Avalanche shocked the hockey world and won the highly competitive Central Division, expectations were sky high for the club’s second season under head coach Patrick Roy. Unfortunately, after an offseason of fine tuning under the management of Avalanche legends coach Roy and Joe Sakic, the club has been wildly disappointing in the second...
Via Mile High Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche will reportedly host 2015-16 outdoor game

Exciting news for Colorado Avalanche fans – according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Avalanche will host the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild will host the Chicago Blackhawks in next season’s NHL outdoor games. As I just said on @NBCSN pre-game show, expectation is NHL will announce this weekend outdoor games next season for COL and MIN. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

This Week in Flyers History: Week ending January 18

January 17, 1998 He was a former first-overall pick who once was quoted as saying, "I am glad I got drafted first, because no one remembers number two." He had not lived up to the hype in his first 301 NHL games north of the border, averaging just over a half point per game. This 22-year-old French Canadian heartthrob, who was once compared to everyone from Joe Sakic, Pat LaFontaine...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs, Dawg Nation team up to honor special guest

The Colorado Avalanche and the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation are teaming up to do something truly special at Thursday night’s home game for a former Scottish soldier named Andy Barnard who has a deep and heartbreaking connection to the Avalanche. In 2008, while serving in the British Army in Afghanistan, Barnard became close friends with a U.S. Marine from Loveland, CO named Isaac...
Via Mile High Sports
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Ryan O'Reilly for Jake Gardiner

The Colorado Avalanche are shopping center Ryan O’Reilly for the 2015 NHL season. O'Reilly has struggled to find consistency, scoring only 6 goals and 13 assists in 34 games. The 23 year old has not lived up to his big contract of $6 million AAV until the 2015-16 season. GM Joe Sakic is looking to shake up his team, which sits near the bottom of the Western Conference. O'Reilly is being put
Via NHL Trade Rumors
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Is loyalty to one team a luxury?

With the passing of Hockey Hall of Fame player Jean Beliveau on December 2, one has to wonder why players do not stay with one team for their entire careers any longer. Beliveau played parts of 20 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens from 1951-1971. Other notable players that played their entire careers with one organization are Stan Makita (Chicago Blackhawks from 1958-1980), Dennis...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The NHL’s most underrated franchise scoring leaders

After Alex Ovechkin set the Washington Capitals’ franchise scoring record earlier in the week, it got me to wondering: who are the other franchise leaders? After perusing the list, there were tons of the usual suspects there: Wayne Gretzky (1,669 points for Edmonton), Mario Lemieux (1,723 for Pittsburgh), Joe Sakic (1,641 for Colorado) and Gordie […] The post The NHL’s most...
Via Two Pad Stack
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s time to start panicking about the Avalanche

That’s it; it’s time to throw in the towel and hit the abort button on the 2014-15 season for the Colorado Avalanche. Forget contending for the division or worrying about playoff seeding; it’s time to start pondering how high of a draft pick the Avs can land. Lets put a fork in this one because it’s done. All right, that might be an overreaction (and a lot of idioms), but...
Via Mile High Sports
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Fun facts about the Nashville Predators

Ladies and gentlemen, the Nashville Predators are yet to lose in regulation, and that leaves them with a grasp on on first place in the Central and a tie for the most points thus far in the NHL with Anaheim and Montreal. We all know about the Ducks and Canadiens, so we’re getting to the point where we should find out a thing or two about these Predators. Here are some fun facts...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

A reality check for Avalanche fans

The Colorado Avalanche opened the season with an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Who saw that coming? Surely, not the hockey fans in Denver. The anticipation for the puck to drop on the Avs season hasn’t been this high since Ray Bourque was making his last run at the Cup. Hockey fans in this state felt robbed after watching the Wild steal Game 7 in the Pepsi Center...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs News: Sakic spends $11.2M on Brad Stuart, Cody McCleod

I wonder what it's like overpaying by $11.1M. #480672403 / The Colorado Avalanche announced yesterday that they've re-signed veterans Brad Stuart and Cody McLeod, both seemingly locking both players up through the end of their careers."Cody has been an Avalanche his entire career," said Avs Exec VP/GM Joe Sakic. "He brings grit, energy and passion to the rink...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Greg Sherman stripped of GM title to the surprise of no one

It’s been a while since anyone really considered Greg Sherman as the true general manager of the Colorado Avalanche. Since Joe Sakic came on as the president of hockey operations in May of 2013, he’s run the player personnel show along with head coach and vice president of hockey operations Patrick Roy, leaving Sherman the […] The post Greg Sherman stripped of GM title to the...
Via Two Pad Stack
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sakic officially named the GM

To prevent further confusion in their front office, the Colorado Avalanche made changes to the titles of some of their prominent personnel in the offseason. On their website, the team officially named Joe Sakic their general manager – a role that he already held in all but name. Sakic will also continue to hold the titles of vice-president of hockey operations and alternate governor...
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September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

What to expect of Nathan MacKinnon in year two

Nathan MacKinnon has the whole world in his hand. He had a pretty good year, one might say. He was the first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, joining a Colorado Avalanche outfit stocked with young talent and starting over with legends Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic running the show. MacKinnon also managed to bring […] The post What to expect of Nathan MacKinnon in year two appeared first on Two Pad Stack.
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Sakic says there was 'never any animosity' between Avs and O'Reilly

“There was never any animosity between us this whole time. Any of the perceived animosity came from the outside.” That was Joe Sakic today, to the Denver Post, after the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract, avoiding a potentially nasty arbitration hearing in the process. Sakic, Colorado’s executive VP of hockey ops, also said the Avs want...
Via Hockey Fan Land
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche News: O'Reilly's back, baby

In a rather shocking turn of events, Ryan O'Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche avoided salary arbitration.#451180998 / gettyimages.comPer TSN's Darren Dreger,Ryan O'Rielly agrees to 2 yr deal. $ 5.8 and $6.2.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2014Considering that Ryan O'Reilly just came off of a two year $10M deal, the fact that O'Reilly settled for two year deal worth only...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche Are Older But Better With Iginla, Briere

#492463053 / Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President Joe Sakic understands winning, he also understands leadership. The once-prolific scorer was the captain of both the 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup champion Avalanche. Add to that the fact that he’s won an Olympic gold medal and numerous individual awards such as the Conn Smythe trophy, the Hart trophy as well...
Via Beyond The Benches
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley Sucks At Golf

Lake Tahoe’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship took place this past weekend. Though the tournament featured stars like Marshall Faulk, Steph Curry, Joe Sakic, Jerry Rice, and Trent Dilfer (jk), there was only one true MVP in the tournament.  I present to you Charles Barkley and his beautiful golf swing: Barkley came in last place in the tournament, but finished in...
Via Next Impulse Sports
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: T.J. Oshie needs to work on his putting

T.J. Oshie took his game to the fairways to compete in the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament held in Lake Tahoe. Oshie joined Martin Brodeur, Joe Sakic and Jeremy Roenick as the four NHL representatives competing. Unfortunately, Oshie’s putting was pretty ugly from seven feet out. Not quite Erik Johnson in a golf cart ugly, but pretty close to it. It...
Via Frozen Notes
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche a team worth moving for

Denver is a pretty nice place to live. Whether a fan of seasons—summer and winter are popular—or mountains or even marijuana, colorful Colorado has plenty to offer both newcomers and natives alike. There used to be a time when this was enough of a selling point to attract big name players to local sports clubs. The days when the dominant Colorado Avalanche could land Paul Kariya...
Via Mile High Sports
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite losing Stastny, Avs poised for big year

Once considered a worst case scenario with little chance of actually coming to fruition, a bad dream became a reality on Tuesday when Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny opted to take money elsewhere, leaving the Avalanche for potentially greener pastures. The move was surprising to some, most of whom had believed Stastny when he previously said he was willing to take a hometown...
Via Mile High Sports
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Highlights from Joe Sakic conference call

Colorado Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic addressed the media via conference call on Wednesday regarding recent moves by the club both through trade and free agent signings. Below is the audio of the call as well as select quotes and statements. Colorado signs veteran Iginla, extends Holden [View the story "Joe Sakic conference call" on Storify]...
Via Mile High Sports
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche draft Conner Bleackley 23rd overall

Unlike last year, the Colorado Avalanche had to wait as other clubs selected first during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That speaks to the incredible rebound of a season that the Avs had following the first overall pick at the draft just 365 days ago. Choosing 23rd, Colorado watched as the big ticket names were gobbled up until there seemed to be the perfect...
Via Mile High Sports
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

O’Reilly enjoys Vegas in midst of contract struggles

Less than 24 hours sits between the Colorado Avalanche and a potential bevy of honors to be taken home during the annual NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada, and three of the four nominations seem like a sure thing for the club. With the odds in favor of Colorado once more, this time should be one of happiness and celebration for the nominees and other players and families letting...
Via Mile High Sports
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Hockey Hall of Fame: Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano

The NHL announced Monday that Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano will be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014. Voted in as builders were former NHL coach Pat Burns and former NHL referee Bill McCreary. The inductees will be honored on Nov. 10 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Hasek won the Vezina Trophy six times in his 16-year NHL...
Via Sports-Glory
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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