Colorado Avalanche 2009-10 Season Preview

Let’s be honest. The Colorado Avalanche had a worse year than Pauly Shore last year. After finishing in last place in the entire Western Conference during the 2008/09 regular season (that’s right, that’s how bad it got), Colorado basically pulled a General Motors and slashed a huge portion of their managerial and coaching staff, albeit […]

Posted by Ezra Ginsburg in Colorado Avalanche,Columns,Season Previews on September 8, 2009

Avs Trade Smyth to Kings

From TSN.ca: The Colorado Avalanche have traded Ryan Smyth to the Los Angeles Kings for defencemen Kyle Quincey, Tom Preissing and a fifth-round pick. Read the full story here. After losing out on several big UFA’s this week, the Kings finally make a splash and acquire Captain Canada, who at 33 isn’t getting any younger, […]

Posted by Neil in Colorado Avalanche,Los Angeles Kings on July 3, 2009

On the Beat: Antropov signs in Atlanta, Recchi returns to Boston and reaction to Team Canada

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: NHL The Thrashers have signed Nikolai Antropov to a 4 year, $16 million contract.  As well, the team also re-signed Chris Thorburn.  A lot of cash to be throwing at Antropov but really not out of line with the ridiculous spending we’ve already seen the past day […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in 2010 Olympics,Atlanta Thrashers,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Colorado Avalanche,Edmonton Oilers,Minnesota Wild,On the Beat,Ottawa Senators,Tampa Bay Lightning,Washington Capitals on July 2, 2009

Joe Sacco Hired as New Avs Head Coach

From www.tsn.ca New Colorado Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman has apparently wasted no time in hiring a head coach. According to the Denver Post, the club will announce the hiring of former player Joe Sacco at a 2pm pt news conference. The move comes just one day after Sherman was named the new general manager of […]

Posted by Drew Mindell in Colorado Avalanche on June 4, 2009

Avalanche fire Tony Granato

From TSN: The Colorado Avalanche parted ways with head coach Tony Granato and five other members of the franchise’s hockey operations staff on Wednesday. The Avalanche also relieved assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, assistant to the general manager Michel Goulet and video coordinator PJ DeLuca of their respective duties. In […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Colorado Avalanche on June 3, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Sunday Edition): Bad bounces cost Penguins, some public support for Hamilton and an exciting Game 1 of the Calder Cup

Stanley Cup Final Luck played a factor in yesterday’s result, writes Mitch Albom.  With Game 2 tonight, Albom believes the Penguins saw many signs that gave them confidence heading into Sunday night.  Last night had to be frustrating for Pittsburgh, explains Bob Wojnowski.  Dave Dye says Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t as sharp as Chris Osgood.  Jonathan Ericsson probably wouldn’t have played […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Detroit Red Wings,NHL Morning Papers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Washington Capitals on May 31, 2009

Roy turns down Avalanche coaching offer

From TSN: After two weeks of thinking it over, Patrick Roy has turned down the Colorado Avalanche’s offer to be their new head coach, according to the Denver Post. According to the paper, Roy phoned Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix on Tuesday night to tell him that he would not be accepting the offer because of […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Colorado Avalanche on May 27, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Blackhawks need Kane and Toews to step up, Fleury outduels Ward and the Coyotes situation reaches decision day

3rd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Pittsburgh Penguins (4) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Shelly Anderson with a quick recap of Game 1.  Many of the Penguins were giving credit to Marc-Andre Fleury for keeping the team in last night’s contest.  Apparently Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey felt the same way.  Fleury was good, but two unlikely contributors […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Minnesota Wild,NHL Morning Papers,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Philadelphia Flyers,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Western Conference on May 19, 2009