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Downie Trade Evaluation

A Second Look at the Downie Trade

I'll admit it, when I first heard about this week's three way trade I was not at all happy as my initial blog stated, but now that I have had some time to digest it I fell like this may be a good move after all. The biggest gripe I had initially is that I thought the Avs would use Kyle Quincey as part of a package to land a bigger player.  But now that I look at who Steve Downie is and what he could be for this team I think this trade makes sense.  

Downie may be tough grinder type player, but compared to most grinders Downie has decent of...

The Return of Matt Duchene!

No Excuse for the Playoff Run 


The return of Matt Duchene will be huge!

The Avs are about to run out of excuses, as Matt Duchene is set to make his return tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.  The Avs haven't played in Winnipeg since 1996, and the players seemed really excited for the game.  If the Avs want to win, they need to continue what they did last game against Edmonton.  We saw the Avs' team we know they can be; playing fast, going to the net, and playing hard defense.  

The big guys showed up with Stastny, O'Rei...

Avs can't catch a Break

Avs Falling Quickly

Well the Avs needed at least a point last night and just couldn't do it.  It seemed like everything was against them last night, injuries, unlucky bounces, Luongo showing up big... It was not the Avs night.

It all started when it was announced just before game time that Peter Mueller was out with a torso injury, whatever that means.  Mueller missed practice two days ago with what the team called a maintenence day, but was it really?  When did this injury occur to Mueller when he didn't even practice?

The game started ter...

Important Factors to Any Deadline deals: Contracts!

How Contracts still play a Role

With the deadline quickly approaching, one thing a lot of people forget about when it comes to tradable assets is contracts.  Whose contract is up, who has a terrible contract, and most importantly who is going to get resigned.  This brings me to one of the Avs biggest pieces to what may happen.  The Avs have roughly half their roster up for new contracts, including the big boys: Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly, Erik Johnson, Peter Mueller, and Milan Hejduk. 

Hejduk is a big question mark, since this could be the end for Duke, with retirement a...

Avs Trending Up, Important Week Ahead

Avs Trending for the Playoffs

Well as I write this right now on February 13th in the afternoon, the Avs are 2 points out of the final playoff spot, and 5 points back from 6th.  It is definitely doable and with Matt Duchene finally returning to practice, highly probable.  THe Avs have some important games coming up that could make the world of a difference.  First let us look back on the last few games and what the Avs were able to do!

O'Rly O'Reilly 

Well Fridays home game against the Hurricanes had quite the dramatics for the Avs wh...

Possible Avalanche Deals at the Deadline

Trade Deadline Dealing

Well it is almost the second Christmas for hockey fans with the trade deadline quickly approaching.  Since it is coming so soon, the rumors are flying everywhere.  As an Av fan, the trade deadline has always been an exciting time.  I can't remember a year we didn't make at least on substantial deal.  Last year was the Erik Johnson deal, the year before that we had the Mueller for Wolski trade and so on.  And of course who could forget the big trades during the glory years for the Avs.  The Avs had trades for Theo Fluery, Rob Blake, Ray Bourque, and Darius Kasperitis. ...

Avs Finally End Skid

Avs Roll over Hawks to End Skid

Well it finaly happened: One of these bad teams won!  Both the Hawks and the Avs were both on decently long skids heading into this matchup at Pepsi Center.  Well the Avs took it to the Hawks, finally getting the puck to go in the net more than two times.  On top of it all, David Jones has three goals in two games after tonight.  This is good news especially if Jones is going to be trade bait this deadline.  

Probably the biggest reason the Avs won this game: They got that two goal lead in the third.  Jones' goal mid way through t...

Hawks Drop Sixth Straight in Loss to Avs

For the Chicago Blackhawks, it gets to a point when the same old excuses become more than tiresome cliches:

"The *insert excuse here* just didn't get it done tonight."

Despite Chicago maintaining a 2-2 tie heading into the third period, David Jones had a three point night and Paul Stastny put up two assists as Colorado skated away with a 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.

Having dropped six straight games, all of which to Western Conference teams, the Blackhawks could be one point out of first place if they had won just half of those games.

The Blackhawks still maintain sixth place in the playoff race in their conference, but are in danger of falling out of...

Game preview: Blackhawks hope to break loss streak vs Avalanche

The positioning for playoff berths in the Western Conference continue jockeying tonight, with several teams facing off tonight.

In Denver, that means the slumping Chicago Blackhawks taking the ice against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs sit at 55 points, the Blackhawks at 65. Chicago should sit solidly somewhere in the middle of the top 8 by the playoffs; Colorado's current trajectory should see them finish at 12th in the West. That doesn't mean, however, that the Avs cannot play spoiler against teams like the Hawks.

Tonight is the fourth and final time these two teams will meet up this season. Chicago won their first game,...

Avs Keep Losing Must Win Games

Must Win Games becoming can't Win games

That's 3 losses in a row, and two very important games the Avs have missed a chance to take over sole possession on the 8th and final playoff spot.  The Avs had a chance to take a 3 point lead over Minnesota, instead they lost that spot in the game against Minny right before the All-star break. Then the Avs come back and play a struggling Oilers team with the chance to take back the 8th spot from Minny.  Well again the Avs lose out on a chance to take that spot and fail to come through with a key win.  It seems that this is becomi...