Last year it was tough to be a member of the Colorado Avalanche and it wasn’t any easier to be a fan. As many of you know the Avs finished 15th in the West and to make things worse they were ten points behind the closest team (That is like being 5 games back if you are still in Baseball mode). The off season didn’t, in my opinion, offer much hope for this year. While they did acquire some talent in Matt Duchene, they lost a great leader who possessed a lot of talent with the retirement of Joe Sakic. Their goaltending last year was generally horrible and the acquisition of a largely untested goalie was too much of an unknown to offer much relief for next season’s doubts.
Currently the Avs are 4-1-1 and have provided some great entertainment. Perhaps my preseason doubts were unfounded?
How quickly things can change.
-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts
Beer? Check. Pizza? Check. Altitude? Check. Nachos? Check. Tissues? Check (it was Joe Sakic’s
Who the heck is this kid?
retirement, after all). DirecTV? Check.
Tonight, my family and I sat down to watch what was possibly the biggest night in the Avalanche’s season — opening night with our brand new roster and the retirement of Joe Sakic‘s famous #19. We had everything together for a fantastic family night in and the Joe Sakic Night party. We were ready in case Pierre Lacroix made us cry (again) and were ready to play our Avalanche drinking game for the first regular season game of the 09-10 season. But, after an hour and a half of Joe Sakic festivities, something bad happened.
The Miss Colorado pageant came on. And didn’t go away.
Over the weekend The Avs Hockey Podcast posted a link (via their Facebook page) to an article from The Hockey News titled “THN.com Top 10: Joe Sakic numbers”. THN.com did a good job on finding ten numbers that could summarize the characteristics that made Sakic such an important player in the NHL and for Colorado. My personal favorite was number 10. When I was still coaching youth hockey I used Sakic as the example for who my players should aspire to be. This is just another reminder that while we all in Colorado will miss him the league, as a whole, will be losing a player of great influence.
Ten years ago, the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche were each at the pinnacle of their respective organizations. The Broncos were the team to beat in the NFL after winning back to back Super Bowl Championships. The Colorado Avalanche set an NHL record with nine consecutive division titles, in route to winning two Stanley Cups.
Ten years later, fans, journalists, and members of each organization are suffering from the worst condition in sports: they are all living in the past. Continue reading
Well, the [disappointing] NHL Draft Lottery was held tonight and the Colorado Avalanche will be picking 3rd. As predicted, the NY Islanders will be picking 1st and the Tampa Bay Lightening will be picking 2nd (despite having the 1st pick last year and still being terrible).
Picking 4th will be the Atlanta Thrashers and 5th will be the LA Kings.
Finally, the best day of the Avalanche’s season is here. The Avs are one of a few teams in the running for the #1 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft held this summer in Montreal. The Avs finished last in the Western Conference with only the NY Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightening doing worse in the league. Based on three different mock drafts experts at the NHL held, the Avs are loosely expected to get the #3 pick. The Islanders are the favorite to get the #1 pick with Tampa Bay slated to get #2.
John Tavares of the OHL is widely regarded to be the top pick this year. In the mock drafts held earlier this season, the Avs hypothetically picked center Evandr Kane as their first pick, third overall.
The result’s of today’s lottey will be announced on live television tonight at 6pm Mountain Time on Versus. If you don’t get Versus, you can also watch the live stream at NHL.com. And of course, I’ll be back tonight with the results.
-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts
Breaking news Avs fans, Francois Giguere just got canned. Avs President Pierre Lacroix made the following statement to the press earlier:
“The results of this season are unacceptable. We feel a new direction is needed which re-emphasizes those standards of excellence our fans have grown accustomed to since 1995. We will work diligently towards reclaiming our identity that made our brand so special and unique.