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We’re days away from the Avs beginning their Stanley Cup title defense against the Chicago Blackhawks, so it’s time to open up the mailbag. What was on everyone’s mind as the Avs start the long grind of the regular season? From Blake Wheeler: What would a Stanley Cup hangover look like for this team? I anticipate a slower start, but…...

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On June 26th, 2022, the job was done. It was speculated but not yet known that Darcy Kuemper had simultaneously played his final game in an Avalanche uniform. He spent just one season in Denver, but it was enough to become a Stanley Cup Champion. From the risk he carried coming from Arizona on the heels of a 0.907 SV%...

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Inch by inch, preseason began to resemble the opening night lineup. It’s been an interesting experiment with decision-guys getting extended looks. According to Jared Bednar, there are three roster spots up for grabs come opening night. Bednar said he will make reassignments sometime Saturday or Sunday. This is understandably contingent on the health of Darren Helm. Helm’s injury status is...

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Because it’s me and y’all know how I love digging up a number/stat and calling it a “fun fact” (sometimes they aren’t so fun), I decided to lead off my first postgame piece this season doing the same thing. So… Fun fact! Artturi Lehkonen has more games played in the postseason than regular season as a member of the Colorado...

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After a quick morning skate at Family Sports Center, Colorado boarded a fast flight to Las Vegas. Much of the same squad from last night’s Minnesota Wild game made the trip, which solidified the preseason spirit. Jared Bednar confirmed the first round of reassignments would happen today possibly before and after the game. Many of the NHL regulars stayed at...

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Period 1 Right off the first shift, a great passing play from Alex Newhook to Martin Kaut created a valuable rebound opportunity and Newhook arrived at the netfront to tap it in. It was a promising opening sequence for a unique top-line combination of Charles Hudon, Newhook and Kaut. Hudon is an offseason free agency pick-up Colorado added possibly with...

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Pre-season has started and we got two hockey games out of the deal. The split squad took a full crew on the road to play the Minnesota Wild. It was split more evenly than the groups from training camp with Alex Galchenyuk, Alex Newhook, and Ben Meyers making the trip. https://twitter.com/Avalanche/status/1574127767867731969 This road team was filled with more AHL-regulars and...

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His ties to Colorado began at a distance during a time of disarray. Jared Bednar’s first season behind the bench was marred by a 48-point season. That summer, the Ottawa Senators claimed Shane Bowers as their 28th pick in the first round. The scouting reports touted his high-end skating ability and speed. He arrived on the doorsteps of Boston University...

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“Most teams have a long summer,” said defenseman Devon Toews. “[We had a] short, perfect summer. We’re super excited to have this team back.” It was an apt way to tie off the offseason after a short time away. Players have been taking optional skates for weeks, but today marked the beginning of the Colorado Avalanche’s 2022 training camp. Injury...

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