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NHL's 30 in 30: Colorado Avalanche

A handful of articles from NHL's 30 in 30 series about Colorado.

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Colorado confirmed its trust in this core during the summer by re-signing many of its own free agents.

Even before general manager Greg Sherman began the consolidation of players, he reaffirmed his confidence in coach Joe Sacco by signing him to a two-year extension.

Sacco has had a roller-coaster three seasons at the helm. After a first-round playoff exit in 2009-10, the Avalanche had an abysmal 2010-11 season, finishing 14th in the West with 68 points, before their narrow playoff miss (seven points from eighth place). Questions persist about Sacco's ability to get the most out of a young roster, but an encouraging second-half surge in 2011-12 meant he would be back this season.

"Joe has earned the opportunity to lead this young team," Sherman told reporters at the time. "Our club made significant strides this season and we look forward to continuing that next season."
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=639828

Six questions
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After an offseason spent extending contracts and re-signing key free agents, the Colorado Avalanche will enter 2012-13 looking very similar to the team that narrowly missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season: very young, very raw -- and very talented.

Will another year of experience for the young core be enough to put Colorado over the top? Can they survive a grueling season in the Western Conference? Can goaltending, defense and offense put it all together and return the Avalanche to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons?
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=639855

Avalanche need Duchene to rebound

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Of all the personnel questions facing the Colorado Avalanche heading into this season, the biggest is Matt Duchene.

Yes, there are concerns about a slow, sluggish defense. There is a No. 1 goalie (Semyon Varlamov) whose stamina and ability remain unproven. And there is a Calder Trophy winner (Gabriel Landeskog) in danger of a sophomore slump.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=639831

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=639827

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=639854

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I was getting ready to do the same thing, I've always liked EJ Hradek. I'm glad he did ours... The positive prediction doesn't hurt.

So NHLN thinks we are in and THN thinks we are a bottom feeder... Looks like no one really has a clue where we will finish except us fans. =)

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Good read. It was actually a knowledgeable article. I had to laugh though where they were talking about Zanon and showed him in the press box. They couldn't find a video of him playing? Maybe it's just a sign of things to come.

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Forwards

Milan Hejduk - Matt Duchene - PA Parenteau

Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Steve Downie

Jamie McGinn - Paul Stastny - David Jones

Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Chuck Kobasew

Mark Olver

Defensemen

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson

Shane O'Brien - Stefan Elliott

Ryan Wilson - Ryan O'Byrne

Greg Zanon - Matt Hunwick

Goaltenders

Semyon Varlamov

Jean-Sebastien Giguere
The line-up wasn't too bad that they projected. I thought the forward lines were pretty close but I don't see those defensive pairings happening.

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Good read. It was actually a knowledgeable article. I had to laugh though where they were talking about Zanon and showed him in the press box. They couldn't find a video of him playing? Maybe it's just a sign of things to come.
I laughed when I saw that as well, but I think he'll play on regular basis for us, he can hit, he block shots and he's not a liabilty defensively, all in all a really good bottom pairing d-man.

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I laughed when I saw that as well, but I think he'll play on regular basis for us, he can hit, he block shots and he's not a liabilty defensively, all in all a really good bottom pairing d-man.
This. Minnesota and Boston had some of the best LD depth in the league last year. Zanon's still a good player.

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Not a bad article considering the stuff usually posted by NHL.com

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Not bad, especially EJ Hradek picking the Avs to make the playoffs. I was disgusted to see THN picking us to be a bottom feeder team.

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Agreed that the articles are some of the more knowledgeable written on the Avs in the last few seasons.

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