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One of the many things that make hockey great is the opportunity to show what you’re made of. Teams regularly play 12 forwards and six defensemen every night, meaning players are competing for roles among a handful of specific jobs. But not goaltenders. At any given time, there’s just one man standing in net as the last line of defense…...

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As the Avs return to the ice in full for the first time an exhilarating overtime win over the New York Rangers back in March, it’s easy to forget Cale Makar is the youngest member of the Avs starting lineup. It didn’t take long for him to remind everyone of his outsized talent as he dazzled on the ice with…...

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Training camps open up across the NHL tomorrow morning and with that, the Avs released their full roster of participants. The 34-player roster has some interesting names included that will lead to an interesting two weeks of battling for spots in the pecking order when injuries inevitably hit during the postseason. The Avs are slated to leave for the “bubble”…...

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The NHL held Phase One of the NHL Draft lottery last Friday and the results were predictably hilarious as last-place Detroit followed in Colorado’s footsteps and tumbled all the way down from the first pick to the fourth pick. The real surprise of the event, however, was not Los Angeles getting the second pick or Ottawa landing at pick three,…...

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Let’s just straight into it today. Conor Timmins is an exciting young prospect on defense with a bright future ahead of him. He’s weathered the storm of concussions that cost him an entire season of development and is coming off a strong debut season in pro hockey. In a normal organization under normal circumstances, it would be a straight line…...

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Anytime a rebuild starts to produce results, looking back and trying to figure out what decisions most directly led to the turnaround is something other organizations frequently do when facing the reality of their painful rebuilds. When looking back at the Chicago model, it was clear drafting Hall of Fame players was at the top of their list. When it…...

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The reality of sports returning is beginning to creep up on us a little more every day. While the NBA has publicly talked about their…let’s call it “adventurous” plan to return with regular season games and the entire league hanging out in Orlando, the MLB continues to fight over money as they try to win the PR war and the…...

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a roundtable as the topics continue to dry up with very little going on and another month or so to go until training camps get going and such. As awards balloting wrapped up this week, the fate of the Calder Trophy is up for discussion. Cale Makar’s brilliant rookie year is going head-to-head…...

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It’s been just under three months since the NHL season abruptly came to a halt just when things were getting really good and we’re still finding things about the Avalanche to talk about. Couple the (unexpected) long break with what’s going on in the world around us and it has me kind of curious. So I ask the Avalanche guys…...

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The NHL hinted a little more at their plans for the expanded rosters as they mentioned a 28-skater roster with an unlimited number of goaltenders as the current expectation once play resumes. We talked black aces yesterday and have touched on all kinds of different roster scenarios, including some specific line combos, but let’s go prediction time for today’s topic:…...

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The playoffs are coming with the NHL’s official announcement yesterday. While that will focus primarily on the format and the details of the draft, it should also include something about what teams are going to look like upon their return. We’ve touched on this a little bit already but I want to get into the idea of teams carrying a…...

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Hockey is inching its way towards returning as the NHLPA voted on Friday to approve the NHL’s 24-team playoff proposal. While the vote was not unanimous with a 29-2 split among the 31 teams, it was more than enough to push forward towards a return to action. The NHLPA released a statement that reads: The executive board of the NHLPA…...

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With it looking like hockey creeping its way back to a return, the playoffs become the focus. Along with that comes playoff performances, which define legacies and secure places in the Hall of Fame. All of that in mind, let’s get to today’s topic: Which player is more important if Colorado is going to make a legitimate Stanley Cup run:…...

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As we worked our way through Colorado’s two Stanley Cup runs during the ongoing DNVRWatches series, there was something that kept nagging at me as we watched two very different Avalanche teams win the Stanley Cup. The stars are always obvious but you can’t win championships without role players, the glue guys who really bring a roster together and make…...

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The NHL has thrown around a handful of proposals to return to the ice recently and we’ll definitely tackle those in time when they narrow them down to something a little more specific that doesn’t drastically change days later. For now, one of our subscribers requested a roundtable topic and I’m happy to oblige. If anyone else has a particular…...

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