Thank you for all the entertainment this year, Avs.
Came up a bit short, but to last to game 81 of the season seemed almost impossible. I wouldn't bank on the Oilers helping out the Avalanche anyway.
Though obviously playoff hockey is the absolute best time of year, bar none, the Avs may actually benefit from missing the playoffs this season, especially because it was so close. I know it seems obvious, but now that this group has experienced what its like not to make it, games in October, November and December will seem more important, which is absolutely key. I think the team will come out alot more desparate next season, and I hope this momentum keeps up.
Looking forward to seeing a full season of Budaj next season, an even more mature (if that's possible) Stastny, a more developed Wolski, and hopefully the same up-beat, tight Avalanche squad as the past couple of months.
Thanks for an entertaining season. Even before the stretch run there were very few games where this team was out of in the 3rd period and/or got blown out. They were always competitive, almost always fun to watch, and operating with some "cap handicaps" to boot. Nothing to be ashamed of. They are finishing with more points than some playoff teams in the East will have and way higher in the standings than most "experts" predicted.
Aye, the finish to this season certainly has me looking forward to next year. The team showed a lot of heart, more than we've seen from some previous, more talented avs teams.
If I look at what I was expecting at the start of the year, with our roster makeup, the season played out about how I thought. I thought it would maybe take a little less time to gel, but thats the way it goes. Certainly a lot of positives, and some negatives too.
Thanks for another entertaining season. The team just needs some upgrades on defense and they're a lock to return to the playoffs. Looking forward to the off season and the start of next year.
Same here. I'll add, though, that they not only need the personnel upgrade on D, but they also need to carry over into next year the mindset of playing defensively responsible team hockey that we've seen for the last month and a half. I honestly don't know why it took 3/4 of the season to figure it out, but whatever they figured out needs to be a part of next year from day one.
As a Flames fan, I wanted to pop in and wish you guys well for next season, I have to admit once I sat back and de-pressurized when the Flames clinched that I really admired what the Avs did over the last 16 games, it goes to show that Joe is probably the heir apparent for the best Captain in the league now that Stevie Y has hung them up, and he sure proved it especially over the last few months.
You guys had some tough injuries, and having Leopold available for so few games really hurt the Avs chances.
Thanks Av's for a fantastic finish and one that we will never forget. Even though we didn't make the playoffs officially, the past two months has been just as exciting as the playoffs. We as fans have a lot to look forward too next season.
Tough luck Avs fans.
HUGE props to your team for giving my Flames a run for their money.
I figured after the 4-0 road trip from the Flames it was over, but the Avs kept battling.
Next year will be a scary, scary year in the NW Division with only 1 team that won't challenge for the division title.
The Flames were up 2-0 when they announced that the playoff chase was over, and the Flames just stopped trying.
Enjoy the offseason, you are going to have a very good team next year, especially with a healthy Leo!
Hey, dont hang your heads. Just an unbelievable performance out of your crew. You have much to be proud of. Did my Flames deserve it - no! But I hope you are all with us in taking down the Wings, we know how much you love them.
I'm a Flames fan and I have to say I admire the Avalanche for what they did down the stretch it was great watching you guys and I really hoped that the Avs were one of the teams to get into the playoffs but obviously not at the expense of the Flames. Joe Sakic showed great leadership and the team played really well together I hope you guys can get better goaltending next season and I'm sure the Avalanche will not miss next seasons playoffs.