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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:47 pm 
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I'd lock up Rantanen, Kerfoot, Zadorov asap and find a goalie who could maybe replace Varly in a year.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:35 am 
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The Colorado Eagles end their existence as an ECHL franchise with back-to-back Kelly Cup championships. Now they move on to become the Avs' AHL affiliate, meaning there will be no defending champion in the league next season.

Avs have not yet named their new ECHL affiliate. Still pullin' for the Swamp Rabbits!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:02 pm 
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Well, this is never news you want to hear...but thankful it wasn't worse.

https://www.lelacstjean.com/accident-de ... e-indemne/

From what I can garner, Sammy Girard was cruising around in his black Chevy Camaro in his hometown of Roberval when he fell asleep and crashed. Apparently he's okay but...Christ, dude, you can afford to hire someone to drive you!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:48 pm 
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Man this would be AWESOME if they drafted him, especially since the football team down the street has employed both guys named Brandon Marshall.

https://twitter.com/MikeChambers/status ... 4216759296

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#Avs' Alan Hepple says Dallas-born forward Ryan O'Reilly is definitely on the team's "radar." The 18-year-old will join DU for 2019-20.


Nice pun there, Chambers.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:01 pm 
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So it turns out Sam Girard was doing an all-night cancer fundraiser in Montreal, then tried to make the drive back to Roberval, which I'm told is like 5 hours away, the next morning so he could resume training. Not a wise decision but hey, he's a good kid!

Erik Johnson has the best response to the incident:

https://twitter.com/6ErikJohnson/status ... 0826628096

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:21 pm 
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Pokecheque wrote:
So it turns out Sam Girard was doing an all-night cancer fundraiser in Montreal, then tried to make the drive back to Roberval, which I'm told is like 5 hours away, the next morning so he could resume training. Not a wise decision but hey, he's a good kid!

Erik Johnson has the best response to the incident:

https://twitter.com/6ErikJohnson/status ... 0826628096

:awesome:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:57 am 
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I really don't think it'll happen, but in light of the utter madness the Ottawa Senators find themselves in, there's been growing speculation that they'll hand the Avs THIS year's 1st rounder since it seems readily apparent that the 2018-19 Sens are headed for Jack Hughes territory. The fact this is even being discussed is mind-blowing. Reportedly Dorion & Co. have right up until the pick has to be announced to decide.

If I'm them, I still keep the pick and...that's that. There doesn't seem much logic to me in dealing a pick away when there's only a small chance next year's will be higher. The only reason to do otherwise is to avoid the PR nightmare if the Avs somehow end up winning the lottery. Just blow the team up this offseason and stockpile as many 1st rounders as you possibly can.


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More than a couple people saying the Sens are desperately trying to get their 1st rounder back, but if Sakic has proven anything it's that he can wait out just about everyone.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:59 pm 
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More than a couple people saying the Sens are desperately trying to get their 1st rounder back, but if Sakic has proven anything it's that he can wait out just about everyone.


Which leads me to think they'll concede this year's pick at the last possible second. A brutal decision to make, but if you're committed to dealing Hoffman and Karlsson, you might as well strip it all down now.

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Which leads me to think they'll concede this year's pick at the last possible second. A brutal decision to make, but if you're committed to dealing Hoffman and Karlsson, you might as well strip it all down now.


That will be mind-blowing if if happens. Friedman on his 31 Thoughts podcast said he thinks they should do just that. Sam Cosentino was on and he said they should keep it. I've been waffling on what they should do from Dorion's perspective.

On one hand, they keep the pick, they end up with a really good player, possibly Zadina, Hughes, Bouchard, whoever. The chances the 2019 pick ends up being a better player than any of those guys is slim, even as good as 2019 is supposedly going to be (I'm told this is the draft you target a d-man, next year is all about the forwards). Given the new lottery rules they could tank it like crazy next year and STILL end up with the 4th overall pick, just like the Avs did last in 2017.

On the OTHER hand...if that pick ends up being Jack Hughes...hoo boy. That will cast a pall over the organization for at least a generation if Hughes ends up being as good as they say he will be. But if that really enough to walk away from the 4th-best pick in this year's draft!? Also...you concede this pick, you are sending a clear signal to the fans...it's tank all the way. I suppose they'd be okay with that but still...to go from draft day to draft day knowing full well there won't be a glimmer of hope until 2019. I can't even imagine, and I had to sit through a team with Landeskog, Duchene, Johnson, Barrie, MacKinnon, Rantanen, and Varlamov muddle through a 48-point campaign that looked even worse than that number would indicate.

It's like trying to choose between being stabbed in the gut or the chest. There's no good way out of this situation.


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