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As we start to shift our coverage here more towards the inevitable NHL draft, the focus naturally shifts to the future. Colorado and St. Louis were setting up for an intriguing sprint to the Central Division title that appears will be cut short by the ongoing pandemic. This brings us to today’s topic: Considering salary cap situations, prospect pools, and…...

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As each of the sports leagues investigate possible avenues of returning to play, there have been a number of unique ideas thrown around. Baseball has talked about utilizing the infrastructure already in place with spring training and temporarily splitting up the leagues that way and the NHL has thrown around a similar idea of having “hub cities” host games while…...

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We’ve talked about goalies a lot in the last week here in this space as top prospect Justus Annunen signed his ELC and kicked off conversation revolving around the position. Yesterday, a report out of Pittsburgh indicated the Avalanche had shown serious interest in Matt Murray at the trade deadline and would potentially revisit the conversation in the offseason. We…...

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The NHL continues to make it clear they would like to hold the NHL Draft in early June before the season resumes. This creates a handful of complications and would need a significant amount of tweaking in order to get it accomplished but ultimately they can hold the draft whenever they want. Today’s topic: How do you feel about the…...

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With the news of prospect Justus Annunen signing his entry-level contract yesterday, we’re naturally using that as the jumping-off point for today’s roundtable topic seeing as how he is one of the prospects coming off strong seasons that really boosted his profile. Today’s topic: Given the strength of his play in Finland last year and at WJCs, is Justus Annunen…...

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The Avalanche signed another of their top prospects on Thursday afternoon when they announced goaltender Justus Annunen had signed his entry-level contract. The standard three-year pact gets the 20-year-old Annunen under contract through the 2023 season. Annunen is coming off a season in which he was the top goaltender for the top Finnish league’s best team, Karpat, and finished the…...

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Today’s Avalanche Roundtable topic is one that probably would’ve been answered pretty easily had the season continued as normal. If they manage to squeeze out an end to the regular season and head into the playoffs, this will be the most pressing question facing the franchise. Today’s topic: Assuming play resumes either at the end of the regular season or…...

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We’re back to get into another hot-button Avalanche topic for when the sport inevitably returns. Today’s topic: Tyson Jost. He looked like a stressed-out kid leading up to the deadline and then appeared to be freed from the shackles of worry after it passed and he stayed in Colorado. Are you buying or selling Tyson Jost as the aggressive and…...

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Here on the Avalanche side of DNVR, we’re going to start doing something a little bit different. Today begins us tackling a daily question in which all three of the main contributors to DNVR Avalanche will chime in. With a committee now created to help facilitate a return to hockey, the wheels of progress towards a resumption of the season…...

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In what was a season full of fun Avalanche stories, the halting of the NHL season stole what might have been a memorable playoff run and overshadowed an important story that emerged during the second rash of ridiculous injuries for the Avalanche. That story was Martin Kaut. When the charismatic 19-year-old was called up, it was meaningful for several reasons.…...

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While the world slowly continues to shut down, the Avalanche has been getting a headstart on their summer business. Colorado Eagles leading scorer T.J. Tynan led the way with a new one-year deal last week and the organization followed it up by rewarding Jacob MacDonald with a two-year contract a day later. The two-year pact is a two-way contract set…...

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Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog recently went on one of Sweden’s more popular hockey podcasts, NHL-Timmen, with host Linus Hugosson. The conversation covered a wide range of topics and one of our readers, Robin Fredriksson, was kind enough to translate it into English. You can find the podcast here and Hugosson here. This particular episode can be listened to here but…

With the NHL season currently on pause, we decided to look back at the 70 games that actually got played and remember the things that have already happened. This roundtable features the primary three faces of the DNVR Avalanche in AJ Haefele, Evan Rawal, and Nathan Rudolph. Best moment AJ: Colorado’s “other” win against Nashville , a 3-2 road win,…...

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How can you not be romantic about sports? Sports have given the world so many good underdog stories of the years that it’s become impossible not to get the warm and fuzzies when you see another one. What the Colorado Avalanche did tonight won’t go down in those same annals of motivational history but it doesn’t lessen that we nonetheless…...

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There was a game tonight, yes. The Avalanche had a chance to tie the St. Louis Blues for first in the Central Division for the second time this road trip but once again came up short. This loss was completely unlike the one against Vancouver over the weekend as that was a high-scoring affair with lots of scoring chances. This…...

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The San Jose Sharks suck this year. After how last year ended for the Avalanche, I’m sure there’s some real schadenfreude going on with regards to how the Sharks have fallen apart and won’t even have their own draft pick to benefit from this lost season of theirs. But up close and back in the Shark Tank for the first…...

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Avs games in Vancouver the last couple years have been nothing short of wild rides. Tyson Barrie had a five-point night, Nathan MacKinnon injured his shoulder in a playoff chase, Philipp Grubauer struggled badly in a 7-6 barnburner that was also the first-ever DNVR (then BSN) Avalanche Watch Party, and the one game there this year saw Vancouver come back…...

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You don’t get a seven-game winning streak without having some good fortune on your side. After games in which they were arguably outplayed but got enough breaks to find their way to wins against Carolina and Nashville over the weekend, it was finally time to pay the good luck piper. Colorado outshot and outplayed the Anaheim Ducks for the majority…...

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This had all the red flags of a classic let down game for the Avalanche. Coming off an improbable two wins over the weekend against good teams battling for playoff positions, Colorado rolled into Detroit, which somehow has already been mathematically eliminated for almost two weeks. This is a Red Wings team so bad in every facet that they’re threatening…...

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Tyson Jost. The man who evokes many emotions by just putting his name out there on the internet. It’s been a struggle for Jost in his third NHL season as he hasn’t quite broken out as expected and on the deepest Avs team in years has found himself increasingly relegated to fourth-line duty. There have been plenty of nights where…...

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