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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:14 pm 
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Well...he's a...goalie?....at least.

Avs are reportedly finalizing a deal for Buffalo netminder Jonas Johansson. I don't love this deal, as Johansson has, like everyone else in Buffalo, struggled mightily. But it's just impossible to tell who in Buffalo truly sucks and who is just being pulled down into the muck by the organization. But I think I'd rather they try Adam Werner or newly-signed NCAA netminder Peyton Jones as opposed to...this.

Funny enough, this will be the second "Jonas Johansson" the Avs have had. The first one was a forward drafted in the first round of 2002 (the Rick Nash draft), and was then flipped the next year as part of the trade for Steve Konowalchuk. He's 36 years old now and played a grand total of 1 game in the NHL.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:39 pm 
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Well now they're saying the deal hasn't happened. Also, the more I read about this guy the more I really don't want it to happen. He sounds abjectly horrible, only a very minor upgrade on Miska.

The Sabres might be re-entering COVID protocol soon but I don't know if that's what's holding this up.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:56 pm 
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Oh. Yep...COVID.

https://www.milehighhockey.com/2021/3/1 ... alo-sabres

This might be a blessing in disguise. This is not a good idea.

Still absolutely drives me nuts the Avs could've just claimed Alex Nedelkovic on waivers and that would have been that. But no...they're needlessly scrambling now.

Reportedly the Avs were pursuing Friend of the Show Jonathan Bernier, but of course, he just got hurt.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 5:13 pm 
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Man, the Sabres really are fucked.

But I agree it's tough to tell who there really sucks and has been sucked into the suck vortex. It would be such a cool experiment (that I know would never happen) to trade every single player from a last place team and see how they do with new teams, and how the guys traded to said last place team perform.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:02 pm 
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Man, the Sabres really are fucked.

But I agree it's tough to tell who there really sucks and has been sucked into the suck vortex. It would be such a cool experiment (that I know would never happen) to trade every single player from a last place team and see how they do with new teams, and how the guys traded to said last place team perform.


Closest thing to that to ever happen was the 2014-15 Sabres team that threw everyone overboard they could. Pretty sure they dealt away BOTH goalies that season in what ended up being a vain attempt to get McDavid.

So the deal finally went through, Avs get Jonas Johansson 2.0 for a sixth rounder. Dude is BIG, but so far, according to Sabres beat writer John Vogl, can't stop a puck to save his life, in practice or in games. Calls him the worst goalie he's ever seen in his time covering the team. Yeesh.

Whatever, Miska unfortunately was a giant bundle of nerves back there and he was only getting worse. Had to do something. The other two goalie options had a whopping TWO GAMES of NHL experience between the two of them.

In other news, insiderrrrrs say that the Avs and Devils are circling one another, sure looks like Sakic really wants him some Wood. Miles Wood that is.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:04 pm 
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Also, Avs have themselves far and away their two best games of the season in an absolute curb-stomping of the Minnesota Wylde. Kaprizov was held completely off the scoresheet. In two games the only goal scored by the opposition was by Victor Rask. They were outscored 11-1 over that stretch, and the shot clock was insane...you can look up the numbers if you care enough.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:10 am 
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*sigh*

Well, 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. I shouldn't get greedy but tonight's shootout loss was frustrating as hell.

Avs newest goalie was...not good, but I guess he wasn't Hunter Miska-bad either.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:29 pm 
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Okay then, 5-2 win over the Ducks at home. Philipp Grubauer only had to face 15 shots on goal and let in two, so he posted an .867 save percentage on the night. :lol: Kinda weird that the few shots he did face, a majority were really good scoring chances. The Avs defense didn't have many breakdowns, but apparently when they did the Ducks had some absurdly good chances. Grubauer was up to the task--neither of the goals he gave up are ones anyone would consider "bad".

Cale Makar with three assists and something like 83% of the shot share whenever he was on the ice.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:05 pm 
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Well, obviously the one thing everyone is talking about in the wake of the Avs' throttling of the Coyotes last night was this.



Nate ended up getting tossed from the game with a 10-minute misconduct (that's fine) for the antics (also got a $5,000 fine, which I think he can afford), which birthed a wide array of fun meme-worthy posts. This one's by far my favorite.

https://twitter.com/ConorRyan_93/status ... 60002?s=20

Officiating as usual was...questionable. I fail to understand why Tyson Jost gets a penalty for getting checked from behind into the goalie, but hey, that's game management for ya!

Anyway, hat trick and four-point night for Joonas Donskoi.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:48 am 
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I thought the same thing about Wii bowling when I saw that clip. :lol: Strike!

I wish someone would edit the video to have everyone else jump when it hits.

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Heh...reminds me of the game I played against Haydar in net. One of our best players accidently high-sticked and cut their best player outside of Haydar(former D1 and just lives to play hockey and try his hardest at it), so he chucked his helmet at our guy.

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