Monday, November 30, 2009

Jones Out for Season; Sign Satan?

You've already heard about David Jones' ACL. Out for the season. Huge loss to the Avs.

I picked Jones as a "breakout player" before the season started. He was well on his way to the 25 goals I predicted.

Get well soon, David.

So who the heck is going to take his spot?

The top four wingers now look something like: Hejduk, Wolski, Svatos/Stewart, Tucker/McLeod.

Not exactly imposing. An understatement, but there's some room for improvement.

Money is there, too. With around 6 million in cap space, Greg Sherman can afford to sign another winger AND still have room to wheel and deal if he so chooses.

Looking over the free agent list, I see that Miroslav Satan is still available. At 34, Satan would likely be affordable (he made 3.5 million last season, but would cost much less at this point in the season) and would provide decent depth on the right side.

The more likely scenario is the calling up of Brian Wilsie or *gasp* the re-entry through waivers of TJ Hensick. Nope. Wrong move.

This team needs some life. Bring in Satan.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Preissing Waived and Other News



Saw it on NHL Network. No link.

Think that management would have waived TJ Hensick AND Tom Preissing last season? Not a chance. Benching players and sending players down who aren't performing? What a concept!

It's safe to say that I was less than impressed with Preissing's little playing with the Avs. He's a guy we could have let the Kings keep.

In other news, Kyle Cumiskey has been placed on IR.

So we put one defenseman on IR, and waive another? Adam Foote is also out.

Quick math =

Hannan-Quincey
Liles-
Clark-Wilson

Avs roster page has Brian Fahey on it. Apparently, the Avs took him in the 4th round of the 2000 entry draft. Since then, he has yet to play an NHL game, and his stats have regressed each of the last three seasons while with the Chicago Wolves and Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL.

What about Ruslan Salei? Man has gone invisible.

_________

Avs play the Wild tonight in Colorado at 9 PM ET.

The Avs would be in first place right now if they could just play a decent 3rd period 50% of the time. I KNEW the Avs were going to lose when they went into the 3rd tied last night. They just seem incapable of matching the other team's intensity level. The team that wants it most usually wins and the Avs definitely didn't want it more than the Wild did.

Time to take back 1st place tonight.

Go Avs.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

FIGHT

Just saw Marek Svatos drop the gloves. Life almost complete.

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Avs Struggle, Flyers Tonight

Both teams have lost their last two, but both appear to be going in opposite directions.

The Flyers enter tonight's game 7-3-0 in their last ten while the Avalanche have sputtered over a 3-6-1 stretch.

Random:

Paul Stastny needs to score. Luckily, tonight's game is in The Can. Stastny has 16 assists on the season for 20 points, but he can't buy a goal on the road. As the top center, he needs to start producing at a more consistent base.

Speaking of consistency, the names Wojtek Wolski and Marek Svatos come to mind. Wolski's name is either called consistently throughout a game or not at all. Svatos, on the otherhand, is invisible on more nights than not. 5 goals and a -11 for a "sniper?" No thanks.


Have the wheels come off on this team? It seems like it, doesn't it? Still, the Avs have had third period leads in the past few games and should have at least come away with a point. It's not as though they've been outplayed over the full 60 minutes, only the last 20 or so.

Tonight, against the high-powered Flyers, a great start will be key to a victory. But once this team gets the lead, Joe Sacco must remind his troops to keep digging, keep pushing, keep going for goals.

Similar to the prevent defense in football, sitting back in hockey never leads to positive results.

Aggression, aggression, aggression.

Go Avs.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

We'll Take It - Ramblings

The Avs will enter their 20th game (roughly 25% of the season) on Saturday with a 12-4-3 record. They sit 2nd in the West and just released these "some like 'em, others don't" third jerseys.

Paul Stastny, Wojtek Wolski, Milan Hejduk, Kyle Quincey, Scott Hannan, and Ryan O'Reilly are playing fantastic hockey.

Craig Anderson was the steal of free agency. These first two months have made him a candidate to start on the US Olympic team. Unbelievable.

The other rookie, aka Matt Duchene, has struggled, but we fans should be pleased with his effort. The bounces aren't going his way yet. They will.

Defense:

Quincey-Hannan

-We finally have a shutdown pair. I completely forgot what that felt like.

Cumiskey-Foote

-Cumiskey is here to stay. Great skater, but he suffers from Brett Clark Syndrome. Captain Foote looks slow. I actually winced when Haynes said he was on the ice in the final seconds.


Clark-Liles/Wilson

-Clark gets injured every shift, but I guess that's what happens when you block every shot. Liles needs to be in the lineup or the PP goes down the toilet. Ryan Wilson has shown tons of promise.

Tom Preissing is a problem that needs to be traded.

Joe Sacco
has done surprisingly well in his first year as coach. Although, putting Darcy Tucker in the 3-spot in last night's shootout will be questioned until his next win.

Let's be honest. If some hockey angel came down and told Avalanche fans that the Avs would be 12-4-3 in their first 19 games without Matt Duchene scoring on a regular basis, we ALL would have taken it.

Avs-Vancouver on Hockey Night in Canada. Exciting stuff. Avs need a win because Hell Week is coming.

Nov 17 - @Calgary
Nov 18 - @Edmonton
Nov 20 - @ Vancouver
Nov 23 - Philadelphia

We can keep talking about how each stretch is huge, and I already heard Haynes/McNabb discuss that there is a sense of "urgency" to these games.

There's still 62 to go. We're not going to make it with this blood pressure.

Over the next five games, a successful result would be 10 points.

A realistic result is 6-7. We'll take it.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

"What's at Steak"

Love that play on words by Altitude.

Tonight, the Avs are going for a club record seventh straight home win to begin a season.

Consider the teams Colorado has had in the past. The 2009-10 version is the one with the lowest expectations and definitely the one with the least experience. Yet, these kids are managing to win hockey games.

We're past the point of surprising people. Teams KNOW that the Avs are first in the West and they KNOW that there is some talent. The fact that Colorado is still able to keep games close (with a few exceptions) and pull out victories in the third period is nothing short of remarkable.

Tonight, the Avs go for #7 against the Edmonton Oilers. Did anyone think the Avs would be ahead of the Oilers before the season began?

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