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The preseason is over. The roster is set. Opening night in the NHL is tonight. We’ve done podcasts and preview videos and written pieces about the team. It’s just about time for the NHL season to get underway. Before it happens, though, we’re going to do one more roundtable discussion about the Avalanche and the rest of the league. Let’s…...

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The Avalanche announced the last of their transactions this morning as they cut their roster down to the required limit. Instead of actually getting to 23, the Avalanche will open with a 21-man roster after they sent defenseman Justin Barron and forward Mikhail Maltsev to the Colorado Eagles. Defenseman Jacob MacDonald was placed on waivers yesterday and cleared. He is…...

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It’s been a busy couple of days for the Avalanche, at least in terms of news, as the team continues to make its way to next Wednesday’s opening night tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks. This isn’t going to be a lengthy piece so let’s just take a look at where things sit with the Avs right now, starting with the…...

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Jack Johnson – D Well we’re starting to see the cracks in his game that have plagued him his entire career. Poor decisions with the puck and just getting lost in his own end on cycle. On the fourth Vegas goal, he was with Karlsson, and then suddenly lost him and was covering no one, and Karlsson ended up scoring.…...

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Jack Johnson – C It was a bit of a step back for JJ in this one. He took another penalty, which was a pretty blatant interference that he didn’t disguise all that well, considering the ref was about five feet away. Penalties may be a concern when the regular season starts. Beyond that, it was a little more sloppy…...

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Artem Anisimov – D For a guy who’s fighting to keep his NHL career alive, it sure doesn’t look like there’s a whole lot left in the tank. Played over six minutes of power-play time and did nothing with it other than fumbling a few passes. The reality is that he was once a real solid NHL player, but time…...

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The Avalanche opened their preseason slate by both winning and losing in Vegas on Tuesday night. Colorado lost the actual game 4-3 in an oddly entertaining contest considering the lopsided rosters but then followed it up with a 2-1 win in the shootout. The shootout was entirely for practice purposes as teams are allowed to participate in shootouts no matter…...

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Avalanche training camp officially came to an end this afternoon as Colorado prepares to make its first round of cuts and head into their first preseason game tomorrow against Vegas. Let’s kick it old school with an Avalanche roundtable from all of us who attended. What/who were you most excited to see coming into training camp and what are your…...

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Having only been able to suit up for 13 games over the course of the last 18 months, it was a welcome sight to see Erik Johnson on the ice (and healthy) when the Avs opened training camp on Thursday. The person most excited for it, obviously, was Johnson himself. “I’m just excited to get back out there and be…...

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The Avalanche announced on the eve of training camp opening that they had signed forward Logan O’Connor to a new three-year contract. With O’Connor entering the final year of his current deal, he was part of what is still a robust class of potential free agents that includes Darcy Kuemper, Pavel Francouz, Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, and Valeri Nichushkin, among…...

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The Avs finished their rookie tournament in Arizona with a record of 2-1, winning their final two games after getting shut out in the opener. Rather than put together tournament grades for all players, we figured it would be easier to just look at the players who stood out, the ones who struggled, and the ones who were in between.…...

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At this weekend’s Rookie Showcase/Faceoff/Tournament (whatever you want to call it as it seems everyone has their own name for it), the Colorado Avalanche has an impressive five first-round picks in attendance. Two of them, Bowen Byram and Alex Newhook, are as close to NHL roster locks as you can get while playing for a team that has serious hopes…...

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The Avalanche rookies are in Arizona today to begin their participation in this year’s Rookie Tournament. Colorado plays three games in the next four days, beginning with an afternoon rumble against the Los Angeles Kings later today. In the past, the Avs have usually brought a small group of intriguing pro players and then predominantly long-term prospects and the typical…...

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