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SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Joe Sakic emerged from behind a curtain, a line of demarcation between him, his Colorado Avalanche staff and any nosy media people, after the second period of Saturday’s “Rookie Showcase” tournament game between the Avs and San Jose Sharks at the host’s normal practice rink. He looked tanned and fit and his demeanor was relaxed and, for…...

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On Tuesday afternoon, I sent an email and a text to the agent of Matt Duchene. His name is Pat Brisson, and he works out of Beverly Hills, Calif. “If there is no trade of (Duchene) by the start of camp, is it his intention to report to camp on time?” was the question I asked for BSN Denver. At 1:12…...

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On the Avalanche’s pre-training camp roster right now are two of the top 10 picks in the 2009 NHL entry draft. Matt Duchene is, yes, still on the Avs and was the third player announced in the first round of that ’09 night in Montreal. Six spots later, Ottawa Senators personnel stepped to the stage and said they were proud…...

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A high-quality college free agent reportedly has chosen to sign with the Colorado Avalanche, and no that’s not a sentence of typos. Alex Kerfoot, who was the center on a high-scoring line with Jimmy Vesey and considered one of the top players in American college hockey, reportedly agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Avs Wednesday. The news was…...

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There is no danger of Nikita Zadorov leaving the Avalanche for the Kontinential Hockey League, and progress has been made in reaching a new contract with the Avs, sources tell BSN Denver. “Trust me, they will have a deal. You can count on it,” said one source familiar with the negotiations between the Russian defenseman and the Avalanche. While a…...

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Let’s do a July 29 edition of the Avs Mailbag. Not a whole heck of a lot going on with the Avs right now, but we know you still have questions, so let’s get to some: Dater, It is nearly August now. I’m worried (Nikita) Zadorov might go back to Russia to play in the KHL. We are right screwed…...

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Will Butcher, the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner from the University of Denver, has officially decided to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent Aug. 15, BSN Denver can reveal. “We informed the Avalanche of that decision,” Butcher’s agent, Brian Bartlett, told BSN Denver. “We appreciate what Colorado has done, and we’re not ruling out the Avalanche as a…...

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Rocco Grimaldi, one of two previously unsigned restricted free agents with the Avalanche, has agreed to a new deal with the team. The contract, to be announced either later Tuesday or Wednesday, is a one-year, two-way agreement, sources tell BSNDenver. The only remaining restricted free agent still to be signed by the Avs is defenseman Nikita Zadorov. Terms of Grimaldi’s…...

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Avoiding an arbitration hearing that was pending, the Colorado Avalanche and forward Matt Nieto agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract Tuesday morning. Nieto’s signing means the Avs have only two remaining unsigned restricted free agents: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov and forward Rocco Grimaldi. Nieto, a left wing, never signed his qualifying offer of $771,000, and became the only Avs player…...

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I’ve gotten some gloomy texts from Avalanche fans of late, who seem to be already throwing in the towel for the 2017-18 season. “AD, give me some reason for hope with this team because right now I’m just not seeing any”, can accurately sum up the gist of many messages in my inbox. You need optimism? You need someone to…...

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I promise I’ll dress a little better for these things from now on. But yes, that is a Winter Classic Philadelphia T-shirt I have on. This week’s Avalanche Minute has me summing up the Avs’ moves on free-agency and giving my opinion. By the way, happy birthday to Joe Sakic. He’s 48 now. https://youtu.be/ehVyQNhux-I...

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Hi everyone, I’m happy to take your questions on the Avalanche again in what will be a regular mailbag. I did a million of them in a former life, and always enjoyed keeping in close touch with the fans. It’ll be sporadic the rest of the summer, but will be at least once a week in the regular season.…...

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There’s always going to be that one team, that one coach, that one general manager who thinks they will be the ones able to rehabilitate the once-promising-now-on-the-skids player around. When you’re a former first overall pick, there is always one more team willing to take a chance on you, even if your career to this point has been a…...

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As the wait for a Matt Duchene trade keeps turning more and more into the hockey version of “Waiting For Godot”, Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic seems utterly unfazed by impatient fans (and media) screaming for him to “Do something!” As far as Duchene is concerned, he is a member of the Colorado Avalanche hockey club now and…...

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Look, I’m on record already: It will be way, way too uncomfortable a situation if Matt Duchene somehow winds up in training camp, still a member of the Colorado Avalanche. He’s going to feel like Oliver Twist, after being paraded around town by Mr. Bumble singing “Boy For Sale.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4CVZnGJIzQ In this case, Mr. Bumble (Joe Sakic) is still…...

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He came to the Avalanche late last season from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for power forward Andreas Martinsen. It seemed like one of those “who cares?” kinds of deals, with one team trading their lower-level scrub for another. Except, Sven Andrighetto became a much more than just a scrub the rest of the way with the Avs. In…...

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Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic balked at trading Matt Duchene and opted for high-flying defenseman Cale Makar at fourth overall.

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As BSN first reported in April, the Avalanche indeed went ahead with the decision to protect goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. The incoming Las Vegas Golden Knights will not be able to select the Russian goalie, nor any of the other 10 Avs players on the protected list, which was released Sunday morning. It is…...

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Sakic faces an impossible choice between saving his job and saving the Avalanche.

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One of the things I mentioned in yesterday’s story about revelations, reported by “Hockey Night in Canada” ace Elliotte Friedman, about Kyle Dubas possibly becoming the next GM of the Avalanche was how many unknowns there still were. Well, 24 hours later, based on Friedman’s follow-up reporting (and a little of my own), it appears Dubas-to-the-Avs isn’t going to…...

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