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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...

Avs mid-season Update

Man has it been hectic!  Getting engaged, planning a wedding, moving, and getting a new job!  I really want to put the effort for this blog and make it something Avs fans can look at on a regular basis!  So in other words, "I'm Back!"

Enough of me though... back to what is important!  HOCKEY!

The Avs have been on quite a roller coaster ride this season it it is only going to get more interesting as we get closer to the trade deadline, and a potential playoff run.  Let's take a look back at the first half and go over some headlines that jump out on a team that is still trying to find its identity.


Blackhawks Buried by Rolling Avalanche

Semyon Varlamov stopped all 25 Chicago Blackhawks shots he faced en route to Colorado Avalanche's dominating 4-0 victory last night.

Simply put, the Blackhawks were out-skated at almost all parts of the ice and Corey Crawford was no where near as sharp as his opponent, Varlamov, was at the United Center last night.

The Blackhawks did have some decent scoring chances in their 25 shots against the Avalanche defense, but last night, Colorado was just the better team and Varlamov was just the better goaltender.

David Jones opened the scoring for Colorado mid-way through the first period when he tipped-in defenseman Erik Johnson's point shot. And after that, it was al...

Flyers Sneak Away From Colorado With a Point

The Philadelphia Flyers hit the ice in Denver Monday night seeking another win streak after Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing by the Boston Bruins. Instead, they snuck out of the Pepsi Center with a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Philadelphia (20-8-4) struck first when Scott Hartnell scored with 1:29 remaining in the first period. On the power play goal, Jaromir Jagr saved the puck from leaving the offensive zone and quickly fired it near the net. Jakub Voracek, who has played spectacularly lately, shuffled a pass across the goal-mouth for Hartnell.

The tally was Hartnell’s 16th goal of the season, tying him with Claude Giroux as the highest goal scorer on the Flyers this season. It was also his seventh power play goal on the year.

Colorado (16-17-1) took the game’s momentum in the second period with strong contributions from their young core.

Roy's Next Move

Though I write about the Canucks, I could not get enough of this story. Former Canadiens goaltender and NHL Hall of famer, Patrick Roy, has told reporters that if any proposals came up for a coaching job, he would listen to the offers.  Brian Raiger takes a look at a few teams where the great #33 could possibly go, and could make a positive impact.

Montreal Canadiens - This is going to be my number one choice for a few reasons. We all know that Jacques Martin was fired by the Habs, making Randy Cunneyworth the interim head coach. Let’s say we let Cunneyworth play out this season, and at the end of the year Pierre Gauthier calls up Patty Roy.  Roy has told reporters ...

Drawing The Line: Isles Will Move To "Conference D" Next Season

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It wasn't news to anyone that the NHL would be setting up a new realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season. Plenty of speculation went into this idea as to how it would effect the current Eastern and Western Conferences. The Winnipeg Jets, although presently in the East, seemed to be a team that would make much more sense in the West. Rumors began to run that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, or even quite possibly the Nashville Predators.

The bigger question, and one that still looms over the hearts of many fans out in the desert, is whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes will still be in any Conference next year. They are currently in what seems to be the final year of their lease agreement after almost being relocated this past summer. There's still a good possibility that they might be relocated in the near future as well, but all of that remains in limbo as the 2012 season moves forward.

However, the NHL and it's Board of Governors could not wait to see what happens in Phoenix and passed a very dramatic change to the current alignment. The Eastern and Western Conferences will ultimately be removed next year; the standard two conferences that consist of 15 teams will become four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each one.