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Colorado Still Winless At Home...

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They don't have a story this year, if they did, ESPN would be up their ass.

00/01 - Ray Bourque

01/02- Defending Champs/Forsberg's Return

02/03 - ???

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Maybe they're just tired from playing too long in the playoffs two years in a row   :P

like the Devils?

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They don't have a story this year, if they did, ESPN would be up their ass.

00/01 - Ray Bourque

01/02- Defending Champs/Forsberg's Return

02/03 - ???

They were trying for the trying to re-gain the cup like the Devils used last year... :rolleyes:

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ESPN is probably bitter that they won't get to show the 89 Little League World Series clips anymore, now that Chris Drury has been banished to the Northern Wastes.

I'm really going to miss them.

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I was so busy being happy about it, that I didn't even consider the reasons for it.

OK, so right now you've got Forsberg struggling. I don't think he's scored in a few games (but I'm not tied to the stats, so please don't shoot me if I'm wrong).

Do you think the Avs fans are calling for Foppa to be traded like some Devils fans are through minimal games this year re: Elias or Nieds?

I think we're WAY too quick to jump on guys who are struggling. Esp. when other parts of their game ARE working.

Yes, we need Elias to score. And we'd love Nieds to score. Obviously, they know it, we know it, the guys who sweep up at CAA know it.

But I'm not willing to give up key pieces of our unit, because of struggling. Right now, I'd say it's up to Burns to help the guys out who are struggling. As the coach, you figure out how to best work with your players (some want coddling, some need tough talk, some need -- hell I don't know I'm not the coach) and then you get the most out of them.

We have a LOT of talent on this team. We have talent on our team capable of doing things that guys in the league aren't. And while it's not showing it offensively, it is showing defensively (I'll just call Edmonton an aberration for the moment).

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The hurry-up face-off is hurting the Avs for 2 reasons, first they always liked to mill around, see who was out there & set up the play (apparently that was a big part of Hartley's strategy). And second, they would delay & delay to get their top guys some rest and they could have extra-long shifts.

Yeah, I heard someone call this the "Bob Hartley rule" cause he's infamous for that.

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I think DM said it best. They can't clutch and grab anymore.

That's what they get for trading away Chris Drury. He's a clutch player and is already proving that in Calgary.

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He's right, it's all Chris Drury.. that's why they've given up 40 goals in 12 games..

There is so much more at work than losing a 25 goal forward.

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He's right, it's all Chris Drury.. that's why they've given up 40 goals in 12 games..

There is so much more at work than losing a 25 goal forward.

Wait a sec, I thought Morris would provide Colorado with one of the best defenses in the league... :rolleyes:

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Beyond Morris Foote and Blake there is nothing. No way DeVries repeats, and Skoula hasnt played well at all since being a rookie. No depth at d, add in scoring woes, and its not too hard to see why they are doint hot.

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If Engblom is right, and the forwards aren't helping on defense, they're in a lot more trouble.

Plus, none of the Avs defensemen are particularly fast.. Blake, Morris, and Skoula have better than average speed, but Foote, DeVries, and Muir are not particularly quick. Especially Muir and DeVries.

Methinks the Avs might've traded away Drury too quickly, but it's more likely that they've just made too many changes since the Cup year..

Getting Morris was the right move. Everyone will begin to question it, but the ones that are are the standard practioners of fallacious logic.. i.e. the media. If any of them put thought into their work instead of looking for simple causes.. well, this is a problem all over, so I'll cut this rant short.

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Is it possible that ESPN overrated Morris?????

Nahhhhh...couldn't be. :evil:

Seriously, though, people were saying that the enforcement of the obstruction rules was going to be a real problem for Foote. Looks like they were right, what I don't think people expected was that Blake would have issues as well.

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Why would ESPN overrate Morris?

The guy has played in Calgary for his whole career. I think every year ESPN forgets they're a team until Colorado plays them.

Morris is going to be a #1 defenseman in this league and he is talented on both sides of the puck.

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I was thinking they might have overrated him because he would automatically become a God as soon as he became an Av. That's all.

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Well, true..

But that's true of any player that goes to the Avs. Remember how everyone noted how great Kasparaitis was for the Avalanche? What tripe. He came to New York and plays the same garbage, Marchment-style hockey he always has.

Another player was Theo Fleury, who was expected to lead the Avs to the promised land..

And of course all of the crappy depth Avs that have come along.. Nieminen, Josef Marha, Eric Messier, etc.

The Avs are assuming that Radim Vrbata, Alex Tanguay, and Steven Reinprecht will play the same without Drury.. this might've been a poor assumption. I don't think those three players are that good but they have happened to play with talented linemates.

A rising tide lifts all boats in hockey... it's surprising but I think it's true.

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A rising tide lifts all boats in hockey... it's surprising but I think it's true.

:huh: I think this is a tad too deep for this thread, Tri... ;)

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Maybe so, IG, but it's a thought I've been wanting to put out there for a while.. the only reason I haven't is because I figured it would turn into another #89 debate.

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Beyond Morris Foote and Blake there is nothing.

How about Roy?

Kd i believe you misinterpreted my comment. I was talking about defensive depth, not a goalie physiclly standing behind the D.

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You're right about Morris, Triumph.

There are those who feel he is the next Rob Blake.

The SBT tends to agree.

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As of right now Drury might be the better player then Morris but I don't think he has that much more upside left. Drury is a good skater with fantastic stick handling skills, but his shot doesn't exactly strike fear into goalies like from Forsberg or Sakic. Morris on the other hand has far more potential and the Avs are pretty good at developing their players. In 2 years from now I predict this trade will definately be in the Avs favor. Drury is at most going to score around 35 goals in his prime, while Morris might replace Blake when he is gone in 4 about for years.

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Well it looks like the Avs are going to finally going to win a game at home. They're up 5-3 on the Blue Jackets with just over 5 minutes to go, according to NHL.com's scoresheet.

...ok and in the time it's taken me to write the commentary above, the Blue Jackets have scored a goal. It's now 5-4 Colorado with 3 minutes to go... are they going to blow another lead late in the game?

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