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Free Agent Frenzy

-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

Well, it’s July 1st.  And along with sweating through every shirt you own becasue of the ridiculous heat, it’s now time to start sweating over who your team did (or didn’t) sign during free agency.  The market opens up today, and there has been a ton on action already, coming up on 2:30pm.

The most important signing, of course, is that of Craig Anderson, who signed with the Avs today for a 2-year deal worth $3.6 million.  Not a bad move, I don’t think.  Andrew Raycroft is a free agent as of this morning, not to mention a disappointment.  Anderson started in the NHL back in 2002 with Chicago, and stayed for four seasons before heading down to Florida for three seasons.  By no means has he been a starting goaltender, but last season he made his highest showing yet, playing 31 games and posting a 15-7-5 record.  Of course the genius and future-telling Adrian Dater put his “money” on Ty Conklin (already signed with St. Louis Blues for two years and $6.2 mil) or Martin Biron

Short of Anderson being Patrick Roy in disguise, I’m not quite sure he’s the answer.  But the Avs don’t have anyplace else to go right now.  Without the money to spend on a big-ticket goalie (need to save some space in case Joe Sakic is returning) and being unable to rely on Peter Budaj, Anderson is the way to go — for now.  This leap-of-faith is in the same vein as making Greg Sherman GM and Joe Sacco head coach — it’s going to be an interesting season.  Of course, for college girls all over the state of Colorado, this is good news

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I’m Not Ready To Move On

-Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

Greg Sherman.  Joe Sacco.  Sylvain Lefebvre.  There have been a lot of new names thrown around the front office of the Colorado Avalanche.  But one thing is for certain: the message is loud and clear.  There is no turning back now.

Pierre Lacroix is getting this franchise ready for the post-Joe-Sakic era.  While Sakic still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will be returning to the Avs for a 21st season with the franchise, the team seems to be moving on ahead of him.  Sakic missed most of the 08-09 season with multiple injuries, participating in only 15 games and notching just 12 points.  Sakic has worn the “C” on his sweater proudly for 19 years, but in the last few off seasons has taken longer and longer to commit to another year on the ice, each year signing only a one-year contract.

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Greg Sherman New Avs GM

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-Alaina Scarano-Isbouts

Hi hockey fans.  My most sincere apologies for my absence – it’s been a very busy time!  Did anyone see the latest Avs headlines this morning?  While Tony Granato I’m sure had assumed his job wasn’t safe, I don’t know if anyone saw this move coming.

This morning, the Avalanche issued the press release that all members of the Avs coaching staff had been fired.  Head coach Tony Granato, assistant  coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant [to the] GM Michel Goulet, and even video coordinator P.J. DeLuca all lost their jobs this morning.

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