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06 Oct 2011

Tweet Here’s the thing: I probably won’t do an Eastern Conference Preview this season. I just don’t follow all the teams there well enough to have informed opinions about them. And frankly, who cares. I follow The Avs and the West.I’m looking at possesion numbers from last season, so I’ll post the link to goaltenders Corsi with the score close (+/-1) here. I reference them a lot below.So here’s my Western Conference Preview:15) Minnesota Wild...

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04 Oct 2011

Tweet So many of you may have noticed that the blog has been a bit slow lately. Well part of that was that it was the dog days of summer (August, yuck) and part of that was it has been a busy summer for me, but a large part of that has just been a lack of commitment to writing. Well With the Avs season nearly underway it’s time to change that and start writing...

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27 Aug 2011

Tweet Let’s get this out there now: I can skate. I learned on my own going to public skates a few times a year and rollerblading at the park near my folks house. I can go a decent (if not blazing) speed. I taught myself how to crossover and can cross my right over my left well and left over right ok. (Most public skates go counter-clockwise so I’ve practiced a lot more that direction.)...

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24 Aug 2011

Tweet It’s been a while since I posted, but it’s summer vacation. Training camp for hockey starts soon, which means that maybe something will bump Tim Tebow off the sports pages. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAI know, I couldn’t hold a straight face after that either. Anyways, over the summer I actually read a lot. One book I read was 1861: A Civil War awakening by Adam Goodheart. It was a very good book, albeit not the one I’m...

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22 Jul 2011

Tweet Fellow Bloguin member Days of Y’Orr (A very funny Bruins Blog) did some concept art for the Avs, as part of their ongooing series of re-imaging the NHL.  I provided them feedback on their Avs designs. So far they have also done:The Sabres (good)The ‘Yotes (pretty good, although they need a red primary, we all know how I feel about black sweaters)The Isles (good - love the alternate logo)The Thrashers (good, yet defunct) The...

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18 Jul 2011

One of the most consistent criticisms that I have had over the last two seasons has been the Avs unwillingness to address their depth, or lack thereof, at the left wing position. Part of what defined my belief that the left wing position was a bit weak for the Avalanche is that I think TJ Galiardi is better suited for the third line role. Many Avs fans feel differently, that he’s really a top-6 forward....

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08 Jul 2011

Tweet One of the biggest reasons NHL observers felt the Avs got robbed in the Varlamov trade is that many feel the 1st rounder the Avs are giving up next season in a likely lottery pick in a deep draft. Many Avs fans, who have bought off on the trade, feel this club is vastly improved over last season’s addition. So with the new addiditons, and the added benefit of another year of maturity, let’s...

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01 Jul 2011

Tweet Today the Avs signed three players in free agency. A defenseman (Jan Hejda, $3.25M), a forward (Chuck Kobasew, $1.25M), and a Backup goalie (Jean-Sebastion Giguere $1.25M). All three moves I heartily approve of. But those weren’t the moves that made headlines today. The Avs, who were in the middle of the rebuild, traded a 1st & 2nd, round pick for the young, talented, and slightly injury prone, goaltender Semyon Varlomov. And the trade did...

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30 Jun 2011

Tweet So, believe it or not, this is my 5th Man-Meat Acquisition Article.2010200920082007In 07 The Avs followed my advice and the Avs made the playoffs. In ‘08, they didn’t and the Avs finished with the 3rd worst record in the league. In ‘09, Avs followed my advice again: & Playoffs. Last season, Sherm thought he was too good for me, and he didn’t follow my advice. Then the Avs finish with the second worst record....

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25 Jun 2011

Tweet The Avs had one of the busier days yesterday. They drafted at #2 and #11 and traded a key part of their team away yesterday (JM-Liles). They also re-signed Matt Hunwick for a one year deal. I thought I’d do a quick analysis. So here we go: Trade: JM-Liles to Toronto for a 2012 2nd round pick (via Boston). This deal sucks. Like really bad. Troy Brouwer was traded on the same day for...

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