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Is there anything new to really discuss when it comes to the Avs? No, not really. But that doesn’t stop me from taking some more of your questions for another edition of the Monday mailbag. From DB Hammer: Do you think Bowen Byram pushes Toews down to a “second pair” role? Do you think Mikko Rantanen has the two-way ability…...

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“Mini-Val”. That’s what Avs coach Jared Bednar was told he was getting when the Avs went out and acquired Artturi Lehkonen. Turns out, that proved to be about as good a comparison as you could make. Lehkonen proved to be a perfect fit on any line coach Bednar put him on. He spent time with Nathan MacKinnon, he spent time…...

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It has gotten awfully quiet around Avs country as we await any sort of news about Nazem Kadri’s next destination, so it’s time for a Monday Mailbag. From Luke Hocking: Have the Avalanche gone too top-heavy with the forward group and who in the bottom 6 has to step up to keep this team a Cup contender or has MacFarland…...

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Looking as dapper as you’ll ever see a player look in an off-season zoom call, Alexandar Georgiev met with the local media on Tuesday for the first time since being acquired by the team just five days prior. The Bulgarian-born netminder, who has since signed a three-year, $10.2 million contract, could not hide his excitement about the move. “I’ve been…...

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Bowen Byram – A+ The best defender on the team in the elimination game by a mile. Makar didn’t have his best night, so Byram decided to turn into Makar. These playoffs were a coming-out party for Bo, and he showed up on the biggest stage. He’s a champ. Andrew Cogliano – A Fantastic pickup. Another great night on the…...

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Bowen Byram – B A nice bounce back from last game, where he started to come on late but didn’t have a good start. Pushed the play some more and got quite a few offensive zone starts with Makar. He still seems a little hesitant to shoot for some reason but is getting his looks and chances. Andrew Cogliano -…...

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Bowen Byram – C- The first two periods, did not like Byram at all. The decision to pass up a good shot in the slot cost him, and he ended up taking a penalty getting back. Sloppy plays with the puck were happening consistently. In the third and OT, he looked like the guy we’ve seen most of the postseason…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C NAK came into the lineup and…nothing changed. Noticed a couple of missed passes but didn’t play enough to make an impact. Bowen Byram – B- The only defenseman who wasn’t on the ice for a goal against. Close to making a great play on the disallowed goal but just backed off a bit too much. Want…...

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Andre Burakovksy – A Well, him going out with potentially another injury is bad timing and bad news right when he was getting hot. Great look on the opening goal, and great zone entry on his own goal. Unfortunate that he gets hurt on a great play in the neutral zone. Bowen Byram – A He just keeps rolling. They…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – D The same issues that have plagued him in the postseason continued to plague him, with poor zone exits and decisions in the defensive zone. Andre Burakovksy – A His turning radius looks a little shot, but nice to see him come up with a huge goal. Had the best shot share percentage on the team, and…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C I liked NAK more than Newhook, at least for one game. He kept it more simple than usual and tried to play physically. He was also pretty good on the forecheck. Andre Burakovksy – C- It was a surprise at all that Burky got back, as I’d been told he has a broken bone in his…...

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Bowen Byram – B- There were some struggles with the puck in his own end, but also made a big save on the goal line in the first period. Head to head, did really well against McDavid but struggled against the rest of the Oilers, surprisingly. Andrew Cogliano – B+ I don’t know if he was intentionally chipping it softly…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C- As has been the case all postseason, no offense coming from Aube-Kubel (or that line for that matter). Had a big blocked shot in the second period, but also a really poor penalty. That’s one thing he simply cannot do. Bowen Byram – A I don’t know what else there is to say about Byram. He looks…...

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Andre Burakovsky – C Great play on the first goal to delay a bit to get it to Newhook with speed. Beyond that, I didn’t like his game. He struggled along the wall again and was soft on the puck. It was nice to see the third line get a game together, but hopefully Burky is okay after that shot…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – D This was the game where I think you look to pull him in round three. He’s nowhere near his spot along the wall on the first goal by St. Louis, and he has consistently struggled to clear the puck out of his zone. Burakovsky has always been better on the right wing, but he can’t play…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C He was generally fine, but that line just has no finish or ability to get pucks onto the net. It’s a lot of stuff from the outside. His passing was a letdown tonight. Had a nice look to Landeskog in the second but the pass was too far and went for icing. Bowen Byram – B+…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – A Was it a bit of a surprise he stuck in the lineup over Burakovsky? Maybe, but he played terrific from the get-go, with some nice chances and actually created quite a few looks for himself and his linemates. Bowen Byram – A It’s actually kind of surprising that his time on ice was as low as…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B I think there’s a lack of skill beyond Burakovsky on that third line, but not a lack of effort. NAK is working hard all over the ice, and even though some of his puck decisions aren’t the best, he’s back checking hard and doing what he’s asked to do. Andre Burakovsky – C Threw a nice…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – C- Everyone will be pointing to getting him out of the lineup in place of Newhook, but I don’t know if that happens. NAK was on the ice with the net empty because he at least had some jump going. Andre Burakovsky – D It’s really getting hard to defend the constant pull-up, peel back and look…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B In the first period, I was ready to declare it time to see Alex Newhook. But as the game went on, NAK started to turn up the heat. Threw a big hit on Kyrou in overtime along the wall, and played a big role in the Girard goal. He’s doing what’s asked of him. Andre Burakovsky…...

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