Rumor Rundown: Avs, Knights, Wings, More

September 15, 2017

In a way, it feels like a lot more of the same even though there are developments with players everyone has been keeping an eye on. Sportsnet insider and all-around respected hockey analyst Elliotte Friedman posted a recent edition of his very popular “31 Thoughts” column and in it, he lays out some pretty juicy tidbits for folks who love NHL rumors. Covering everything from a Matt Duchene for P.K…

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A Look Back: Gabriel Landeskog’s Unique Path to Success

September 13, 2017

This article was originally written in May, 2014. When the name Gabriel Landeskog is mentioned around NHL circles, there are a few words that are bound to pop up nearly every time. Leader is obvious, as the 21-year-old Colorado Avalanche forward has spent the past two seasons as the youngest captain in NHL history. Gritty is another, as his on-ice performance is often characterized by frequent puck battles and hard-hitting play. Landeskog…

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Mikhail Grigorenko Back Home With the Right Attitude

September 11, 2017

After trying to live up this his potential in multiple seasons, Mikhail Grigorenko didn’t get a qualifying offer from the Colorado Avalanche and became an unrestricted free agent. He is now the top scorer for CSKA Moscow, having scored eight points in seven games so far. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the Russian website Sport-Express, the former Buffalo Sabres and Avalanche forward talked about his move back home…

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Questions the Avalanche Must Answer

September 10, 2017

The Colorado Avalanche have had an interesting offseason filled with turnover and turmoil. Most of last season’s roster has been sent packing, many younger players have been brought in to fight for roster spots, and two of the most prominent names on the team remain in limbo. Though Joe Sakic has done a decent job answering most of the questions in Denver, several still remain. What Will Become of Matt…

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Avalanche Players Who Need to Bounce Back

August 31, 2017

If the Colorado Avalanche want to have any remote chance of competing for the playoffs this year, they need some of their players to return to form. Even with the new additions to the team, there are still some issues with depth in their potential lineup. Therefore, the Avalanche need their top-end players to be at their best. Return to Form Gabriel Landeskog Before going into where Landeskog can improve,…

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The Colorado Avalanche: An Odyssey of Idiocy, Part 4

August 24, 2017

The end of the 2014-15 season seemed to mark a turning point for the Colorado Avalanche. The team was coming off a disappointing regression in 2015, and as we saw in the third part of the Odyssey of Idiocy, there were plenty of reasons for this, bad drafting being chief among them. The 2015 draft seemed to be a welcome change. It’s too early to say for certain what the…

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Revisiting the Ryan O’Reilly Trade

August 19, 2017

The Ryan O’Reilly trade is a deal that is looked at through many different lenses. Some people see it is yet another misstep of an organization that has lost all of its senses. Others see it as a necessary move that brought back an impressive haul of future prospects for the situation in which the team found itself. So which is it? How the O’Reilly Trade Happened As far as…

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Is Chris Bigras Ready for the NHL?

August 18, 2017

The Colorado Avalanche are surprisingly in a bind. Once Nikita Zadorov re-signs with the Avalanche, which seems likely, the team will only have four NHL defenders under contract. Competition for those last two spots will be fierce. Colorado doesn’t have the strongest defensive squad in the league, but they do have many prospects who will be fighting to make their case for an NHL spot during the upcoming training camp….

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The Colorado Avalanche: An Odyssey of Idiocy, Part 3

August 17, 2017

The Colorado Avalanche’s recent history is one of poor decision making and missed opportunities. As we saw in Part 1 of the Odyssey of Idiocy, the mistakes started early in Colorado’s first rebuild. And as Part 2 showed us, those mistakes led to the second. The 2013 lockout shortened season kicked off with Avs fans optimistic. Their offseason acquisitions, including P.A. Parenteau, were about to take to the ice in…

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