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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.
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.
The Central Hockey League is getting a bit of a shakeup this coming season as some familiar faces won’t be around to battle it out next year.
The International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championship tournament started yesterday and, with nine rostered Colorado Avalanche players skating for five different national teams, there is plenty to keep track of.
Despite the losses, the struggles, the bashing from the media, even the Road to Thirty, the Colorado Avalanche has yet to give up on the season. In fact, those donning burgundy and blue have strung together two solid performances in a row, starting against the Vancouver Canucks and carrying over to their Saturday matinee with the Nashville Predators.
Just how bad are things around the Colorado Avalanche right now? Bad enough that the only hope that fans have left this season is that their favorite team has a chance to get the number one pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Every big injury around the NHL is scrutinized by those involved in the sport. From the top brass to the Owners, General Managers, Player Agents, and players – even all the way down to the fans – injuries like those to Erik Karlsson and Marc Staal are sure to generate conversation. The question from everyone’s lips: how do you prevent this from happening again?