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Patrick Roy On His Defensemen

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,  During his French media scrum Thursday, Patrick Roy's face lit up when asked about his blue-line corps. There seemed to be genuine excitement in his eyes. "Yes," Roy said Thursday morning at the Bell Centre when asked if that was indeed the case. You see, where everyone else around the hockey world sees Colorado’s soft...
Via Kukla's Korner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Questions Facing The Colorado Avalanche

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com, Did the Avalanche do enough to improve their weakest link? -- Colorado's defense allowed 40-plus shots on goal in 10 games and between 35 and 39 shots in 18 others. The Avalanche added a much-needed physical presence in Brad Stuart, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a sixth...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Colorado signs veteran Iginla, extends Holden

With two-way center Paul Stastny leaving town at the scent of more money in his former hometown of St. Louis, the Colorado Avalanche seemed to have lost some key offensive output and veteran presence on the top-six. That vacancy was quickly filled however as the Avalanche have signed former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla to a three-year deal, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN...
Via Mile High Sports
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Colorado Extends Holden by   Colin Fitts

Defenseman Nick Holden has re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche through 2017-18. His contract breakdown is $1.5 million the 1st year; $1.65 million the 2nd; and $1.8 million the 3rd. The undrafted 6’4″, 207lbs defender was signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 and played the majority of his career in the AHL. It was not until Colorado signed Holden [...]
Via The Hockey House
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Colorado Avalanche May Be Targeting A Defenseman

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, Defense is an area where the Avs might try to do the most shopping. Roy used the newly crowned champion Los Angeles Kings as a template for what he hopes to have for a "top six" on defense. Roy said the Kings had strong top-three defensemen in Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez, with good complementary role players as...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Roy’s defensive strategy helped Avalanche succeed

The entire premise of the game of hockey is to score more goals than the other team. That’s the point and any further analysis only serves to muddy the simplicity of the game. There’s no other way to win. Sure, things like stats—fancy or otherwise—can be useful in painting a picture, but it all ties back to the original objective (winning), which is directly related to who...
Via Mile High Sports
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A Challenge to the NHL; Officiating Must Change by @ChicksDigHockey

The 2014 NHL playoffs have been a tangle of excitement and frustration. A two goal lead has been tenuous, stars have failed to shine and officiating has been too much of a factor.  On the one hand, it’s incredibly difficult to be skating on the ice, moving amongst the action and still see everything you need to. On the other hand, obviously blown calls have been impactful in a...
Via PensInitiative
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs' to-do list taking shape

Changes will be made to the Avalanche's roster for coach Patrick Roy's second season with the team, but the changes probably will be subtle. Tinkering with the defensive corps will happen, but the forwards on the team now are likely to be the forwards you will watch next season. Starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov is a shoo-in to return, and Reto Berra is locked in for the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

(Video) Nick Holden's controversial goal - Game 7 Wild vs. AV's

This goal by the Colorado Avalanche's Nick Holden shouldn't have counted. Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper is clearly interfered with. Again, incidental contact (inhibiting a goalie from making a save) is not reviewable. It's a ref's judgment— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) May 1, 2014Hey it's only the season on the line. No reason at all to have video review...
Via Goon's World
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche vs Wild: Game 5 Recap

  After being completely dominated on the road, the Avalanche came home looking to gain the confidence they need to finish this series. Some new heroes emerged tonight, which is exactly what they needed. Cody McLeod, P.A. Parenteau, Nick Holden, and Nathan MacKinnon help the Avalanche beat the Wild tonight, 4-3 in a heart-pounding overtime […]
Via The Hockey Report
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs win 50th of the season with victory over Blues

The Avalanche won its 50th game of the season Saturday in crushing the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues 4-0 on their home ice. The Blues were plenty frustrated by it, too, and got a pound of flesh at the end when Blues forward David Backes jumped on top of Avs star rookie Nathan MacKinnon and punched him, appearing to hurt MacKinnon. It marked the end of a very chippy...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Landeskog leads Avalanche to high-scoring win at Nashville

Five players combined for eight goals Tuesday night in a double-troubling game for goaltenders at Bridgestone Arena. The Avalanche's execution was poor at times, but the result was perfect. Colorado emerged victorious over Nashville 5-4 in a shootout. The likely playoff-bound Avs (45-21-6) got skilled goals from captain Gabe Landeskog (two), Cody McLeod and Nick Holden and managed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnson stones 31 to shut out Avs, Bruins run winning streak to 11

Boston Bruins' centerman Patrice Bergeron beats Colorado defenseman Nick Holden to start Boston's scoringIt seems that the recipe for beating the Boston Bruins is to skate fast, beat them to the pucks on the boards and to goad them into stupid penalties that cause them to be short-handed.But for it to work, especially during their machine-like ten game winning streak...
Via BruinsLife
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnson stones 31 to shut out Avs, Bruins run winning streak to 11

Boston Bruins' centerman Patrice Bergeron beats Colorado defenseman Nick Holden to start Boston's scoringIt seems that the recipe for beating the Boston Bruins is to skate fast, beat them to the pucks on the boards and to goad them into stupid penalties that cause them to be short-handed.But for it to work, especially during their machine-like ten game winning streak, it...
Via Little Blog of Hate
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Puck Dumps 3/3/14

Ever since Goon was snubbed, I've been unable to watch the Oscars The Top Line They really tried to play outside in Vancouver yesterday, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBC, NHL.Com, The Local Take #1, The Local Take #2   Scoreboard Philadelphia 5, Washington 4 (OT) - Claude Giroux scored twice and Alexander Ovechkin scired 0. And there you go. San Jose...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs' defensemen score four goals in win over Tampa Bay Lightning

It took a season, albeit a lockout-shortened one, for the Avalanche to get five goals from defensemen in 2012-13. It took 43 minutes to get one fewer than that total as the Avs' defensemen score four Sunday night. This is just one of the many reasons the Avs are almost certainly going to the playoffs this spring. On a night when not every forward line had it going, the Avs...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning falter in third period in loss to Avalanche

DENVER (AP) -- Nick Holden scored two goals, Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 on Sunday night. Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots and Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie also scored for the Avalanche, who have won two straight. Johnson scored the go-ahead goal at 16:05 of the third when he pinched in to steal...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche get road victory over Predators

Before Saturday night's game against the Nashville Predators, Paul Stastny said it would be important for the Avalanche to get off to a good start. That's exactly what the Avs did, and it proved to be the difference. Colorado jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against the Predators and was able to hold on in the third period en route to a 5-4 victory despite a...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Holden scores twice to lift Avalanche over Predators

The Colorado Avalanche and goalie Semyon Varlamov are playing so well this season that they're even winning in Music City. Nick Holden scored two goals and had an assist and the Avalanche held off the Nashville Predators 5-4 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Jan Hejda, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene each scored a goal for Colorado, which is 8-1-1 over its...
Via AP on Fox
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Preds show character, almost climb out of four-goal hole

When the puck dropped at 7:07pm Central, Devan Dubnyk became the fifth goalie to play for the Nashville Predators this season. Unfortunately, he didn’t fare much better than the others. “He’s been in the league a long time and I’ve seen a lot better games from him,” Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “He’ll get better. It was his first game. Plus, we gave him very little...
Via Section 303
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Holden scores twice, Avalanche beat Predators 5-4

Nick Holden scored two goals and had an assist and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Nashville Predators 5-4 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Jan Hejda, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene each scored a goal for Colorado, which is 8-1-1 over its past 10 games. The Avalanche earned their first win in Nashville since Jan. 6, 2009, ending a 0-6-1 skid. Goalie Semyon...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cousin of Avalanche’s Nick Holden holds up sign about how the two use to bathe together (pic)

Awk—–ward. That’s about the only word that can be used to explain the above sign that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden was greeted with as his team faced the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night at Rexall Place. Holden has only had a few short stints on NHL rosters during his young career (five games in […]The post Cousin of Avalanche’s Nick Holden holds up sign about...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Varlamov leads Avs over Capitals

The Colorado Avalanche are off to a soaring start, even if they pretend they're nothing more than an average team. Little mind games in order to keep winning them. ''We're playing like we're a .500 hockey team and not a 14-2 team. That's the key,'' Matt Duchene said. ''You stay grounded and you stay humble and hungry.'' Semyon Varlamov...
Via AP on Fox
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Red-hot Avalanche improve to 14-2, its best start after 16 games with 4-1 victory over Caps

Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy is undoubtedly a player's coach. His Avalanche players are seemingly willing to run through walls for the rookie NHL bench boss who oozes passion and intensity. It's infectious, and Avs fans are not immune. The Pepsi Center wasn't quite sold out Sunday but the excitement inside the building harkened memories of Roy's glory days...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Varlamov leads Avs to 4-1 win over Capitals

Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots and Nick Holden scored his first NHL goal to break a second-period tie, lifting the soaring Colorado Avalanche to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night. Patrick Bordeleau, P.A. Parenteau and Gabriel Landeskog also added goals for the Avalanche, who are off to a franchise-best 14-2 start under new coach Patrick Roy. Before this season...
Via AP on Fox
November 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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