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There were a lot of star turns in the Colorado Avalanche’s quest for the Stanley Cup last year. Notably, Nazem Kadri stepped out of the shadows of his own career full of frustrations and into the brightest spotlight imaginable as he thrived in a way he never before had. That success paved the way for Kadri to secure the kind…...

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On the Eve of the Colorado Avalanche officially opening their 2022-2023 campaign, we here at DNVR did our annual Training Camp Preview podcast. It’s a fun and exciting show to do every year because it really does (at least in my head) serve as the official start of a new hockey season. So much optimism, so much hope. Not just…...

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The NHL offseason is essentially over and the Colorado Avalanche’s title defense will begin in the next week when rookies begin officially reporting for camp and the annual rookie tournament. Before getting to that, I want to look back on the offseason and see how it all went for the Avalanche. With a limit on resources, there was only so…...

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Nathan MacKinnon agreed to a new contract with the Colorado Avalanche this morning that should keep him with the organization until the twilight of his career, if not all of it. The eight-year pact worth $100.8 million makes MacKinnon the highest-paid player in the NHL with an annual average value of $12.6M, beating the deal for Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor…...

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I was getting ready to write this piece for the week, and was sitting there wracking my brain thinking “hmmm… what should the ‘theme’ be this week?”. Then I realized, the reason I love this piece so much is that… there is no theme! We’re just here to talk about what is going on with the Colorado Avalanche and around…...

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In what seemed like a most destined to happen from the start of free agency, the Colorado Avalanche reached an agreement with forward Evan Rodrigues on Monday morning. The 29-year-old, right-shooting Rodrigues gets a one-year deal from the Avs for $2M after choosing not to sign for basically all of the offseason. There were a number of teams reportedly vying…...

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Testing… testing… 1, 2, 3. Is this thing on? Boy oh boy it has been a minute, but it is Labor Day weekend and you know what that means, your regularly-scheduled trash pickup will come a day late. It also means… We are back at it here on the DNVR Avalanche beat. It’s so funny, in past years when the…...

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The 2022 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship will begin tomorrow on August 9th. It will run through the 20th in Edmonton, Alberta at Rogers Place. Team USA will look to earn back-to-back gold medals in the competition which will also host Czechia, Finland, Canada, Slovakia, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Latvia. Each team will get four games to earn placements…...

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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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Normally, this is the kind of piece I would write a couple of weeks after Colorado’s season ended, whenever that may be. Because the Avs dared to win the Stanley Cup, however, I have to get to it a touch earlier than usual. You might have heard the Avalanche have a lot of pending free agents, opening the door for…...

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Watching Gabe Landeskog this week has been a fun ride. From throwing out the first pitch at a Colorado Rockies game to working the register at a local Raising Canes, Landeskog is the radiant face of joy. By the time you read this, he’s probably already had plenty to say during the Avalanche parade. From where I’m sitting, this feels…...

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The Colorado Avalanche are the 2022 Stanley Cup Champions.  Let me type that again, just so that there’s no confusion… The Colorado Avalanche are the 2022 Stanley Cup Champions! The Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Monday in a nail-biting thriller at Amalie Arena to clinch the franchise’s third Stanley Cup and its first since 2001.  You all…...

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The journey is over. The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup last night with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The win gave the Avalanche a 4-2 series victory over the two-time defending champion Lightning and ended their big for the NHL’s first “three-peat” since the 1980s New York Islanders won four in a row. It wasn’t…...

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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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The Stanley Cup was in the building tonight, and the crowd wanted to see it. Unfortunately for the fans, and more so the Colorado Avalanche, the greatest trophy in sports never emerged from its case.  It was a really hard-fought game from the first puck drop. The Tampa Bay Lightning were fighting for their lives, and the Colorado Avalanche were…...

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We knew we might be on borrowed time with him. For some, it’s a welcome relief to learn Darcy Kuemper will be a UFA this summer. With the offseason set to begin sometime in the next five days, the conversation that was once reserved for a later date is fast approaching. I’m not here to have that conversation just yet.…...

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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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All the way back in Round 1, I was talking with a fellow media member and they mentioned how much they love dramatic Game 4s. It’s almost always a team looking to go up 3-1, playing a team desperately trying to even the series. That was exactly what we had tonight. The Colorado Avalanche had successfully defended home ice in…...

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