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One of the many things that make hockey great is the opportunity to show what you’re made of. Teams regularly play 12 forwards and six defensemen every night, meaning players are competing for roles among a handful of specific jobs. But not goaltenders. At any given time, there’s just one man standing in net as the last line of defense…...

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Training camps open up across the NHL tomorrow morning and with that, the Avs released their full roster of participants. The 34-player roster has some interesting names included that will lead to an interesting two weeks of battling for spots in the pecking order when injuries inevitably hit during the postseason. The Avs are slated to leave for the “bubble”…...

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After what felt like an eternity of haggling over the details, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed on basic terms of a CBA extension as well as putting the finishing touches on the plan to Return to Play. Let’s start there as it is the most immediately relevant information. Return to Play The agreement on hub cities took several twists…...

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The NHL held Phase One of the NHL Draft lottery last Friday and the results were predictably hilarious as last-place Detroit followed in Colorado’s footsteps and tumbled all the way down from the first pick to the fourth pick. The real surprise of the event, however, was not Los Angeles getting the second pick or Ottawa landing at pick three,…...

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Let’s just straight into it today. Conor Timmins is an exciting young prospect on defense with a bright future ahead of him. He’s weathered the storm of concussions that cost him an entire season of development and is coming off a strong debut season in pro hockey. In a normal organization under normal circumstances, it would be a straight line…...

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Anytime a rebuild starts to produce results, looking back and trying to figure out what decisions most directly led to the turnaround is something other organizations frequently do when facing the reality of their painful rebuilds. When looking back at the Chicago model, it was clear drafting Hall of Fame players was at the top of their list. When it…...

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The reality of sports returning is beginning to creep up on us a little more every day. While the NBA has publicly talked about their…let’s call it “adventurous” plan to return with regular season games and the entire league hanging out in Orlando, the MLB continues to fight over money as they try to win the PR war and the…...

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a roundtable as the topics continue to dry up with very little going on and another month or so to go until training camps get going and such. As awards balloting wrapped up this week, the fate of the Calder Trophy is up for discussion. Cale Makar’s brilliant rookie year is going head-to-head…...

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It’s been just under three months since the NHL season abruptly came to a halt just when things were getting really good and we’re still finding things about the Avalanche to talk about. Couple the (unexpected) long break with what’s going on in the world around us and it has me kind of curious. So I ask the Avalanche guys…...

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The NHL hinted a little more at their plans for the expanded rosters as they mentioned a 28-skater roster with an unlimited number of goaltenders as the current expectation once play resumes. We talked black aces yesterday and have touched on all kinds of different roster scenarios, including some specific line combos, but let’s go prediction time for today’s topic:…...

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The playoffs are coming with the NHL’s official announcement yesterday. While that will focus primarily on the format and the details of the draft, it should also include something about what teams are going to look like upon their return. We’ve touched on this a little bit already but I want to get into the idea of teams carrying a…...

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The NHL announced their “Return To Play” plan today in a teleconference with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. In it, the following plan was released: -24 teams -Regular season is over -Each conference assigned to one of two hub cities -Team staff limited to 50 personnel -Comprehensive system of testing Phase 2 begins early June -Clubs return to home cities for…...

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Hockey is inching its way towards returning as the NHLPA voted on Friday to approve the NHL’s 24-team playoff proposal. While the vote was not unanimous with a 29-2 split among the 31 teams, it was more than enough to push forward towards a return to action. The NHLPA released a statement that reads: The executive board of the NHLPA…...

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With it looking like hockey creeping its way back to a return, the playoffs become the focus. Along with that comes playoff performances, which define legacies and secure places in the Hall of Fame. All of that in mind, let’s get to today’s topic: Which player is more important if Colorado is going to make a legitimate Stanley Cup run:…...

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As we worked our way through Colorado’s two Stanley Cup runs during the ongoing DNVRWatches series, there was something that kept nagging at me as we watched two very different Avalanche teams win the Stanley Cup. The stars are always obvious but you can’t win championships without role players, the glue guys who really bring a roster together and make…...

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The NHL has thrown around a handful of proposals to return to the ice recently and we’ll definitely tackle those in time when they narrow them down to something a little more specific that doesn’t drastically change days later. For now, one of our subscribers requested a roundtable topic and I’m happy to oblige. If anyone else has a particular…...

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As we here at DNVR continue to delve into the 2020 draft class, it’s only natural we take a stab at trying to predict how these things might actually go. For the draft order, we used the points percentage when play was stopped and ignored conditions on traded draft picks. As these things get clearer in the future, we will…...

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It’s been a wild ride following Nathan MacKinnon’s career but at times it feels like he’s almost been taken for granted because ‘the next big thing’ is always around the corner. When MacKinnon finally broke out from underachieving and frustrating 50-point player into the superstar who pushes (but doesn’t quite get…yet) 100 points in a season, he was joined by…...

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If the season ever gets back underway, it’s likely they move straight into the postseason. Assuming they use the standings from the end of the year and try to play all four rounds, that would slate Colorado against the Dallas Stars, a team they went 0-2-2 against during the regular season. This is a natural segue into today’s topic: If…...

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