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Perhaps this is controversial, or perhaps it isn't, but let it be known: as of right now, Samuel Girard is the Avs #1 defenseman.

Still just 21 years old, Girard led the Avs in average time on ice at 21:19 a game, but where the staff trusted him more than any other player on the team is at even strength, where he averaged over a full minute more than the next closest player (Erik Johnson). While Jared Bednar and Nolan Pratt won't hesitate to put Girard on the ice with Cale Makar for offensive zone face-offs, they pretty consistently use him in defensive matchups against the other teams best players.

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COLORADO SPRING, CO – For the 43,574 hockey enthusiasts in attendance at Air Force Academy for the spectacle known as the 2020 NHL Stadium Series game, it was a tale of three periods between the Western Conference foes meeting for the first time this season. Entering the night, Colorado had an opportunity to tie for the Central Division lead with…...

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Four goals in 9:25. That was all it took for the Avs to set the tone on Monday afternoon in their matchup with the Washington Capitals. Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov, Nazem Kadri, and Mikko Rantanen scored within the first half of the first period, and from there, the Avs did just enough to hold on and come out of the…...

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Drenched in sweat, Samuel Girard looked exhausted after the Avs 3-2 overtime victory against the Arizona Coyotes. Having just played a team-high 23:52 in the win, would you blame him for being tired? Watching him on the ice, it sure doesn’t look like he wears down at all. “I think they have a lot of confidence in me and for…...

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Led by four goals from their Finnish-born players, the Colorado Avalanche started their season on the right foot by taking down the Calgary Flames at home by a score of 5-3. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Erik Johnson – C+:  The veteran of the Avs blueline led the team in time on ice with 23:14, a good…...

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On most days, Avs head coach Jared Bednar is very calm, and at least to the public, won’t praise a player too much. On Sunday night, Bednar didn’t hold back. Shane Bowers has made quite the impression on him. “I thought he was excellent both nights. Excellent.” And that was just the beginning. “Bigger, stronger, faster than he was last…...

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Most players are happy to answer when you ask how their summer went. The ever polite Sam Girard, still only 21-years-old, doesn’t want it to just be a one-way conversation. “It was good, spent my summer in Quebec back home,” Girard said, before picking his head up and looking at me. “Yours?” That’s the type of person Girard is.…...

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With Ryan Koenigsberg, AJ Haefele, Harrison Wind and Drew Creasman, the crew goes over what it's like to cover a struggling team, they build a "super coach", and discuss “Who Won the Week”.

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The Avalanche entered the summer with a large number of unsigned young players who they were going to have to find a way to sign while still navigating the free-agent field. After signing Vlad Kamenev yesterday, Colorado was down to two unsigned RFAs and decided to get a headstart on next season. That headstart comes in the form of a…...

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In this week’s edition of the BSN Avalanche Weekly Breakdown, presented by Bender’s Bar and Grill, Adrian Dater and Allie Monroy discuss the Avs upcoming road trip, Samuel Girard’s recent success, and some positive takes from Colorado’s first two games....

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard is already taking over the defense.

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Final season grade for rookie Samuel Girard.

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the last week of Colorado Avalanche hockey.

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Fresh off adding a dazzling assist in helping the Colorado Avalanche trounce the Washington Capitals last night, defenseman Sam Girard was feeling pretty good this morning after practice. The 19-year-old acquired 12 days ago from the Nashville Predators as one of the many pieces of the Matt Duchene trade enjoyed his first extended stint next to Erik Johnson on Colorado’s…...

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Just a few minutes removed here from Jared Bednar’s morning presser, as the Avs resume their schedule against the Washington Capitals tonight. The news: Tyson Jost is healthy again. That’s the good news. The surprising rest of the story is that he will be doing his hockey-playing with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL for at least the next…...

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When the Colorado Avalanche traded Matt Duchene last week (doesn’t that seem like a long time ago already?), the pieces acquired in return all had “don’t count on them right away, this is all about the future” stamped on them by many pundits. Well, the future is now for two of those pieces already. Defenseman Samuel Girard has already played…...

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The Colorado Avalanche flew off for a Swedish adventure after the big Duchene trade and while they didn’t earn as many points as they wanted, there was plenty of good to go with the bad in the past week. THE GOOD 1. The Colorado Avalanche showed they could still play a competitive game without Matt Duchene. Is this important? Definitely.…...

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(Material used in this story was provided by BSN Denver’s Jesse Montano, who is in Stockholm and obtained this first-hand) STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Samuel Girard is the one player acquired in Sunday’s blockbuster Matt Duchene trade who will actually play for the Colorado Avalanche, starting Friday against Duchene and the Ottawa Senators. To say that the last week has been…...

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Running on about three hours sleep here, so not gonna get too fancy on the keyboard. For some stupid reason, I decided to rent a car to get around New York (and Philly) over the weekend, including the very stupid decision to drive into New York City yesterday while the New York City Marathon was still going on. I swear,…...

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When the first day of the NHL draft ends, every GM in the NHL heads back to their hotel, sits, and stews over whether or not the guy they ranked as a first round talent will still be hanging around when round two begins. In 2009 the Avalanche only had to wait 3 picks to see if they would be able…...

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