Only coming once every four years, the Winter Olympics is a treat for hockey fans who get to see players from different teams amalgamated into super squads competing for national pride and the honor that comes with bringing home a gold medal.
One year ago today I was awakened from a codeine-cough syrup sort of non-existence by the rapping of my roommate’s knuckles on my bedroom door. I had been to a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises the night before and spent the wee hours of the morning watching with horror as the Aurora news unfolded before succumbing to exhaustion.
At the end of the 2011-12 hockey season, Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene was an enigma. He managed only 28 points in 58 games, suffered multiple injuries, and was largely out-shined by teammate and fellow 2009 draft pick Ryan O’Reilly. As fans clamored for O’Reilly to inherit the Avalanche captaincy, Duchene was left wondering how he ended up so far away from the 67 points he saw the year before.
He signed a two-year “bridge” deal that summer, using a low salary number as motivation to prove to himself and the club that he could do better in just two years.
Colorado Avalanche fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief: the Pepsi Center will have HD over the ice this coming season.
The Colorado Avalanche continued gathering minor puzzle pieces throughout July 5th, scooping up players here and there to fill up some voids left with the Lake Erie Monsters and locking down a promising young talent for the next handful of years.
While many teams around the NHL were going all in on the first day of free agency, signing big names and making trades to fill gaping holes in the roster, the Colorado Avalanche were quietly rounding out their organizational needs.
NEWARK, N.J. — The Colorado Avalanche continued their strong draft selections well into the New Jersey evening, scooping up one forward, one goalkeeper, and five defensemen during the entirety of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. While rounds one (first overall) and two (32nd overall) went relatively slowly, the later choices cruised by at lightning speed.