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Ryan O’Reilly, 2013-2014 Game Worn White Jersey

It has been a little slow in the recent past when it comes to new jerseys joining my collection.  As time goes by it is getting more difficult to track down classic blank jerseys, affordable game worn Avalanche jerseys, and current blank jerseys as well.  The Avalanche playing better hockey means more popularity and higher prices too.  I get that.  It makes sense.

With that being said, here the latest addition to my closet.

Last season I pre-ordered Ryan O’Reilly’s set two white jersey during the season.  The price was affordable for a player of O’Reilly’s caliber.  That’s always a plus.  Check it out.

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II back

As I watched the jersey in action it was really tough to identify any game use, marks, holes, etc.  Watching the jersey on television and being limited as far as context in pictures posted after the games was a challenge too.  Why doesn’t Ryan O’Reilly ever stand still?  That’s rude.  Sometimes it’s much easier to do the work once the jersey is in your hands.  This was one of those times.  As is usually the case, there were plenty of details to find and match.  For example, there were a few team repairs on the left sleeve just below the elbow that I was able to match from the game in Long Island against the Islanders on February 8, 2014 as well as the game versus the Flyers in Philadelphia on February 6, 2014.

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II left sleeve

There were a few stick marks just below the crest here:

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II marks front

…that I matched to the February 3, 2014 game against the Devils in New Jersey.

There was also a mark behind the left shoulder here:

Ryan O'Reilly 2013-2014 White Set II MeiGray Tag back left shoulder

…which I matched to that same game against the Devils in New Jersey on February 2, 2014.

And while we’re speaking about the Devils game, O’Reilly scored the game-winning goal in overtime wearing this jersey as well.  Drag ahead to 2:42 if you want to see the overtime winner by itself.  Watch the whole thing if you like late Avs equalizers.

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The great thing about these jerseys and the way they’re documented is that it’s much simpler (and entertaining) to track the action they’ve been a part of. This jersey was worn during 15 road games between December 21, 2013 and March 6, 2014.  Overall, O’Reilly scored seven goals and recorded ten assists wearing it.

Here are the games:

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And here is the game log for that period of time.  There was no way to sort this by home and away games.  Sorry for the scrolling.

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Some other highlights featuring the jersey above:

Two goals against the Minnesota Wild on January 11, 2014.  A power play goal in the second period that gave the Avalanche a 2-0 lead and the eventual game-winner in the third period.  Backhand top shelf snipe anyone?

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An early goal as well as the primary assist on Jamie McGinn’s eventual game-winning goal on January 24, 2014 against the Panthers in Florida.

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An early third period beauty on a break and the secondary assist on Tyson Barrie’s eventual game-winner against the Blackhawks in Chicago on March 4, 2014.

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Highlights and history surround this jersey worn during the middle of Ryan O’Reilly’s 2013-2014 Lady Byng award-winning season.  Having the jersey in my collection is one thing.  Matching it to pictures and video makes me appreciate it even more.  Hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I enjoyed creating the ride for you.

Until the next jersey, and as always, Let’s Go Avs.

Your Official #AvsChat Guide

It’s official Avs fans, the inaugural #AVsChat is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23.  We will start the chat at around 8:30-8:45 p.m. US mountain time.  I would love to be more specific with the time, but with two girls (ages five and three) at home, we never know what bed time is going to bring.  Make sure you’re on Twitter at about 8:30 and you should be fine.

I wanted to reach out to those of you that have never participated in a live Twitter chat and provide some details that will support you with becoming a Twitter chat pro in virtually no time.

The key to Twitter chats is the use of the hashtag.  In our case it will be #AvsChat.  The hashtag is what will connect us all during the chat time, whether we follow each other or not so please be sure to use the #AvsChat hashtag with every tweet you post during the chat.

I have linked videos below which will help to get you familiar with two tools that will allow you to follow the chat more effectively (while on a computer.)  The first tool is TweetDeck (made and supported by Twitter):

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…and the second tool is TweetChat.

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You can always simply use the Twitter site or app on your mobile device to search for the hashtag as well.  On your phone, simply click on the hashtag and you’ll be able to see everyone that has used that hashtag in recent tweets.  If you’re going to be using the Twitter site on your computer go to https://twitter.com/search-home, type in #AvsChat, and then read/interact with/whatever you’d like to do with the tweets you see.

Even with using what TweetChat and TweetDeck have to offer you still may feel overwhelmed by the amount of tweets you’ll see during the chat.  That’s definitely okay and the sign of an active and effective chat.  In the end, you will see the tweets you’re meant to see.  Feel free, during that chat, to sit back, relax read what people are thinking.  You can obviously choose to have a conversation with people as well.  Each question will last for about five minutes each and then we’ll move on.  I will ask the question using the Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. format.  Participants then answer with A1, A2, A3, etc. format.  That way it will be easier to keep track of where we are in the chat.

I will be the moderator for this chat so you can either follow me (@AvsPodcast) to make sure you don’t miss any of the questions, or keep an eye on my tweets as you use any of the methods/tools suggested above.  And just so you can mentally prepare, the link to the questions I’ll ask is right here: http://goo.gl/MpTNmw.  That is the actual document that I will copy and paste the questions from.  The questions may change just a bit before our chat so be sure (if you prefer) to check them out again closer to next Tuesday night.

I think that’s about it.  I am always happy to help in any way that I can with questions about logistics or anything else.  Just be in touch on Twitter (@AvsPodcast) or you can send me an email at AvsHockeyPodcast@gmail.com.  I’m happy to do whatever I can to help make it successful for all of us.

Thanks for much for your passion and being connected to what James and I do with the show.  Without these connections I never would have thought to make #AHPChat a thing.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how this goes.

Talk to everyone again soon and Let’s Go Avs.

#AvsChat, Join us!

Hey there Avs fans!  I was looking for a way for Avs fans to get even more interaction and connections on Twitter and based on my past experiences with Twitter chats I thought I would give it a go.  Twitter chats are a great way for people with similar interests and passions (Colorado Avalanche hockey for example) to have a live conversation as well as have the chance to connect with other fans you otherwise may not have met.  I will be more than happy to moderate this chat.  I have already created a handful of questions which will be used to guide the first conversation/chat we have.

If you have never participated in a chat on Twitter they go a little something like this.  The hashtag is the key to the whole thing.  A moderator posts questions while participants chime in.  All tweets during this chat should include the hashtag (#AvsChat) so people who aren’t following each other can see each other’s tweets.  Participants can follow the hashtag by clicking on the hashtag on their mobile device, but it’s way simpler to use a tool like TweetDeck or TweetChat  on an actual computer to follow along.  As the moderator, I will post questions with a Q1, Q2,  Q3, etc. format.  Chatters then reply using the A1, A2, A3, etc. format so it’s simple to see which question participants are referring to.  Twitter chats, overall, are pretty simple and very powerful!

I am looking to get this going soon and am hoping to have a couple of #AvsChats before the regular season begins.  The only thing I need from those of you that this sounds interesting to is what day/time of day that would generally work best for you to participate.  I’m thinking the chat will take about an hour total.  If you would please take literally 15 seconds and fill out the form below I will get the very first #AvsChat scheduled here in the near future.

Thanks again for your interest and stay connected to The AHP’s Twitter and Facebook feeds for when the first of hopefully many #AvsChats will happen!

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #91

In this podcast, my co-host James “Tapeleg” Gralian (from The Rink Report) and I talk about two new Avs in the Hall of Fame, NHL Awards, free agent signings and departures, the Ryan O’Reilly situation, Paul Stastny, Jarome Iginla, your Facebook Fan Page and #AskAHP questions, and much more.  All of those topics and almost everything else Avalanche coming at you in episode #91 of The Avs Hockey Podcast.  Thanks for joining us Avalanche fans and hope you’re enjoying your summer so far!

Jarome Iginla may have just turned 37 years old, but he can still score the hockey puck.  Here are all 30 of his goals from last season.

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Nathan MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year.  Here are all of his goals from last season.  You’re welcome.

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NHL.com’s Avalanche season highlights in 60-ish seconds.

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Gabriel Landeskog Upper Deck SPGU Tag Set: Mission Accomplished

Building entire numbered sets of a particular player can be tough.  It’s always difficult to predict whether each card will be listed on eBay at any time and whether all the cards will end at affordable prices.  It definitely takes some luck and sometimes it just kind of happens.  I had some great luck with my Milan Hejduk Panini Prime name plate set last August and I recently had a similar experience with a smaller set of Gabriel Landeskog cards.

Upper Deck’s 2013-2014 SP Game Used brand included a tag subset for some players.  This set featured the tags from game worn NHL jerseys.  Gabriel Landeskog’s set was numbered to three.  Here’s the first one I acquired.

2013-14 Landy SPGU Tag 1-3

Part of collecting jerseys the way I do helps me identify where pretty much any Avalanche patch or tag card comes from on an Avs jersey.  This card was no exception.  There’s a laundry tag on the inside left of the jerseys in the place where the player’s ribs are.  This card is cut from that tag.  Here’s a closer look at the inside of the Avs jerseys wear on the ice right now.  The tag is right here:

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And a more detailed look at the tag itself and where the card above was cut from.

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The next card in the set that I acquired was cut from the MeiGray tag that is sewn on the inside bottom left of every Avs game worn jersey since 2002-2003.  Here’s the tag:

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This Landeskog tag card cut from the left side of the tag of one of his 2012-2013 game worn Avs jerseys.

2013-14 Landy SPGU Tag 3-3

I wasn’t quite sure whether I’d be able to complete this set until this showed up on eBay a short time after I added the card above to my collection.

2013-14 Landy SPGU Tag 2-3

It’s from a little lower on the laundry tag:

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And there it is.  I accomplished a mission that I really didn’t set out to accomplish in the beginning.  Either way, all three of the cards in the set now live in my collection.  They definitely look good together.

2013-14 Landy SPGU Tag Set

So what’s my next mission?  I have no idea, but (as always) I’m keeping a close eye on eBay to see what pops up next.

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #90

In this show, James “Tapeleg” Gralian and I wrap up the 2013-14 season, we break down the series against the Wild, we discuss who’s up for postseason awards, we talk about who may be staying and who may be going, and we answer your #AskAHP questions.  Those topics and a whole lot more Avalanche stuff in episode #90 of The Avs Hockey Podcast.  Thanks for a great season Avalanche fans!

This is the Ryan O’Reilly edition of The AHP.  The Factor!

Photo courtesy of my friends at The MeiGray Group.

Photo courtesy of my friends at The MeiGray Group.

If you perhaps needed a reason to like Ryan O’Reilly more, here you go.  Loyal AHP fan Hersh O’Myster and his nephew go to many games together.  90 makes sure to make Chuddy part of his pre-game routine every time Chuddy is there.  Great stuff.

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Teemu Selanne’s “victory lap” after his last regular season home game in Anaheim featured someone the Duck fans will always love, the Avalanche’s own J.S. Giguere.  Two champions and two class guys.

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The Captain welcomes you to Denver.  Let’s Go Avs.

Game 1 vs. Wild: Paul Stastny for the tie.

Game 1 vs. Wild: Paul Stastny for the win!

Game 2 vs. Wild: Jared Spurgeon wasn’t quite prepared for the speed and the moves of Nathan MacKinnon.  Ouch.

Game 2 vs. Wild: One of the prettiest hockey goals you’ll ever see courtesy of 29, 26, and 92.

Game 3 vs. Wild: The talk of the game wasn’t the overtime thriller or Semyon Varlamov’s 45 saves, it was this “hit” by Matt Cooke on Tyson Barrie.

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Game 4 vs. Wild: P.A. Parenteau for the tie.  This is John Forslund’s call from NBC Sports Network.

And Marc Moser’s radio call call from Altitude Sports and Entertainment.

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And Nathan MacKinnon for the win!

Thanks again for a great season Avalanche fans.  Let’s do it again next season, shall we?

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #89

In this show, James “Tapeleg” Gralian and Jay break down all of the Avalanche games since our last podcast, we talk about the Avalanche’s chances in this year’s playoffs, we answer your #AskAHP questions, and we discuss cupcakes because #CupcakeStrong.  Those topics and much more Avs and hockey stuff in episode #89 of The Avs Hockey Podcast, your home for almost everything Avalanche.

The Colorado Avalanche, your 2013-2014 Central Division Champions!  Another banner hanging in Pepsi Center? Yes please!

Useful links mentioned in the show that are worth checking out:

Brad Malone vs. Derek MacKenzie.  Advantage: Brad Malone

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Tyson Barrie and Nate Guenin try to follow the bouncing puck while covering Blue Jacket players. Outcome: Not favorable.

April 5: Jay wins #AvsHeader again after the Avalanche defeat the Blues 4-0 and become the only NHL team to defeat every other NHL team this season.

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ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun’s piece on Patrick Roy’s impact on this season’s team, complete with a horribly lettered Roy jersey.

NHL.com picks Patrick Roy for the Jack Adams Trophy.  Sounds good to us.

NHL.com picks Nathan MacKinnon for the Calder Trophy. This sounds good to us as well.

#WhyNotUs – With or Without Matt Duchene

If someone feels the need to make more than three consecutive tweets about a particular subject I’ve always believed that a blog post would be the better way to go.  I created about five tweets this morning regarding the Matt Duchene injury situation AND I’m making a blog post.  I hope you don’t mind too much.  There’s a lot on my mind right now.

Earlier today the Colorado Avalanche announced that Matt Duchene will be out roughly four weeks with a left knee injury suffered during his first shift of the game against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon.  Duchene was hurt when he ran into teammate Jamie McGinn.  Things like this happen in the game of hockey.

First, this could have been worse.  Way worse.  An ACL tear or a concussion are near the top of that “worse” list.  I’ll definitely take four weeks as compared to “out for the remainder of the season” or “out indefinitely.”

After years of playing and coaching I find myself thinking like a player and a coach in these situations.  I can assure you that the team and the coaches worried about Matt Duchene for a very small amount of time before they set their focus on tomorrow night’s game in Columbus and the rest of the season.  One thing winning teams do well is keeping their focus on what they can control.  Injuries are one of the things winning teams worry very little about.  Sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself because one of your best players is now injured is NOT happening right now.  This Avs team may even be MORE focused on the things they need to do to keep gathering two points at a time.

Overall, #WhyNotUs still very much applies.  It’s not going anywhere.  “Us” is of of those beautiful hockey pronouns.  This Avs team and its fans will continue to use #WhyNotUs because that “us” is what has made this season so special so far.

And hopefully things are just getting started.

Let’s Go Avs.

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #88

This is the Joe Sakic 88-89 Quebec Nordiques jersey:

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Photo courtesy of Classic Auctions, Inc.

As well as the Peter Mueller edition of The Avs Hockey Podcast.

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Photo courtesy of my friends at MeiGray.com

Informative Avalanche related links you’ll be sure to enjoy:

March 2, 2014: Jay was #winning on #AvsHeader following the 6-3 win against the Lightning.

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March 6, 2014.  Nathan MacKinnon passes Wayne Gretzky’s point streak for an 18 year old with this assist.

Ryan Kennedy, from The Hockey News, says that Nathan is a lock to win the Calder Trophy.  You’ll get no argument from us.

The Denver Post’s Terry Frei describes Nathan MacKinnon’s journey to Denver.

Imagine Avs:

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James’ response to Imagine Avs on his blog.

Big Buff, I’d like you to meet karma.  Karma, this is Big Buff.  Matt Duchene, FTW.  (Literally.)

Adam Proteau, from The Hockey News, votes Patrick Roy for the Jack Adams Award.  We agree, again.

The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater’s piece on Patrick Roy and what Roy has brought to this Avs team.

Roy McGregor, from The Global Mail, writes about Nathan MacKinnon and what he has to prove.

Pierre LeBrun, via ESPN.com, discusses Patrick Roy’s success and how it hasn’t surprised Roy’s former coaches at all.

Puck Daddy’s post on Patrick Roy returning to Montreal.

Backhand Shelf’s Justin Bourne gives some much deserved love to Ryan O’Reilly.

John Mitchell slammed into the boards on March 19 against the Canadiens.  OUCH.

Photo Courtesy of John Mitchell's Twitter account.

Photo Courtesy of John Mitchell’s Twitter account.

Friends don’t let friends bang on the glass at hockey games.

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Jiggy and retirement.  The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater talks with 35.

Cards and Where They Come From, Part Two

It’s time for a second installment of new additions to my Avalanche card collection and where they come from on Avalanche jerseys.

I’ve found myself, as the card companies use pretty much every part of the jersey now in their cards, being drawn to the non-jersey and non-Avalanche emblem crest and shoulder patch fabric pieces.  Cuts from tags and branding from the jerseys have been getting way more of my attention lately.  This makes sense based on how I appreciate the smaller details about jerseys the way I do.  The first two cards in this post are the latest cards in my collection that are perfect examples of the details I love most about jerseys.

The first card is a Gabriel Landeskog tag card from 2013-2014 Panini Dominion.  It’s numbered 3/3.

2013-2014 Landy Dominion Tag 3-3

Most people would look at this card and simply see a plain, boring two-color patch.  I see the right side of the Reebok patch from the top of the back of the neck of a white Avalanche jersey.  I have a white Milan Hejduk game used jersey from the 2011-2012 season.  Here’s the entire back.  Look just above Hejduk’s name for the patch.

Hejduk 2011-2012 White Set III back

A closer look:

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Next, a P.A. Parenteau tag card from Upper Deck’s 2013-2014 SP Game Used product numbered 3/3.  This one caught my eye right away.

2013-2014 Parenteau SPGU Tag 3-3

This is from the size hang tag located on the inside of the back of the neck.  I see this tag on pretty much every jersey in my collection.

Hejduk 2011-2012 White Set III neck tagging

The third card is a Paul Stastny patch card from 2013-2014 Edition of Upper Deck’s SP Game Used set.  This comes from the far right side of the nameplate and is numbered 4/12.

2013-2014 Statsny SPGU Patch 4-12

If I have my facts right the card includes the bottom right side of the “N” and the middle bottom of the “Y” in Stastny from a burgundy Avalanche jersey.  For reference:

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Next, an Adam Foote Prime Colors Numbers card from Panini’s 2012-2013 Prime release numbered 4/6.

2012-2013 Foote Prime Number 4-6

This card is from one of the sleeve numbers on a white Avalanche jersey.  And based on how the numbers are cut this piece is from a jersey Adam Foote wore after he returned to the Avs in 2008.

Some of the patches companies place in cards are upside down so keeping this in mind helps as someone tries to figure out where cards came from on the jersey.  This card, however, is right side up.  The right side of the “5” is on the left and the left side of the “2” is on the right.

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The last card in the post is a little older and doesn’t feature a piece of jersey, patch, or tag, but it is new to my collection and definitely work a look.  I just thought I would share because of his recent decision to retire from the National Hockey League.

2009-2010 Hejduk SPGU Base 1-1

This is a Milan Hejduk 1/1 base card from the 2009-2010 Upper Deck SP Game Used set.  Being a one of a kind of one of my favorite Avs players of all-time made it something that I wanted acquire and share.

So that’s it for the second of installment of many in this ongoing series.  Hope you enjoyed the cards and the information.  Now back to eBay to look for more treasures.

Let’s Go Avs.

#WhyNotUs

Just some random thoughts post-trade deadline.  A busy day on Twitter had me feeling feelings and thinking thoughts that I wanted to share.  Enjoy.

Paul Stastny, Still an Av

Yet another trade deadline comes and goes and 26 is still an Av.  Honestly, I’m not surprised.  He’s a fabulous hockey player with tremendous smarts and skills.  I know many Avalanche faithful would prefer to see a little more skill from him but that’s just not his specialty.  He excels at making the players around him better.  Speaking for myself (which is what one generally does on a personal blog), I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the burgundy and blue until he’s done playing hockey, but that’s just me.  As a good friend on Twitter also said:

@AvsPodcast I don’t think Stastny wants to go anywhere else. Hockey is less of a business for him than for others.

— Stephen DeGraff (@sfdegraff) March 5, 2014

Hockey is a business.  No one can argue with that.  When your father and uncles were world class/Hall of Fame players as well, hockey is a family business.  That’s a little different.

Stastny has also publicly stated that a “hometown discount” would be a possibility with the Avs.  That’s unheard of (and I’m not sure what his agent thought of Stastny’s public comments) but either way I really like it.  Stastny is happy here and that’s not a secret. He’s also world class hockey player.  I hope he’s here for a long, long time.

Trade Deadline Thoughts

The Avs made one move yesterday picking up goaltender Reto Berra from Calgary for a second round pick in the 2014 draft.  Joe Sakic made it clear that this was a precautionary move on the team’s part because Jiggy’s back has the tendency to act up from time to time.  I think it also showed a couple more things: Jiggy’s time in Denver could possibly be over beyond this season and the team’s confidence in Sami Aittokallio wasn’t as high as they wanted it to be.  We’ll see how the rest of this story pans out as the season rolls on.  Berra is currently on the Avalanche’s active roster.

The lack of Avalanche trades showed a lot from the organization as well.  The Avs are generally happy with where they are and it’s difficult to be unhappy with that as a fan.  Sure, we all can agree to a certain point that the defense could use a piece or two, but it also seems like defense by committee (when everyone is healthy and/or not suspended) has worked quite well so far this season.  Mark Rycroft, in Tuesday’s post game said that the way Erik Johnson has played this season was almost like a free trade in itself.  Great stuff.  And as I said on Twitter yesterday, sometimes the most effective defense is solid goaltending and a balanced offensive attack.

The Factor is a Factor

Ryan O’Reilly has quietly moved himself into the top 20 goal-scorers in the NHL this season.  His performance in the defensive zone should be noted as well.

Hey Avs (I know you’re going to read this and take what I say very seriously),

No rush.  No hurry.  Feel free to lock 90 up long-term whenever you see fit.

Thanks.

Icing on the Cake

Again, just speaking for myself here, but I’m getting to the point where the rest of this season is almost icing on the cake.  The Avs were picked to finish near the bottom of the conference by pretty much everyone at the start of the season.  I couldn’t argue with that.  I’m definitely a “glass half full” type guy, but didn’t expect near what I’ve seen so far this season.  I simply wanted the Avs to improve.  They’ve done that and so much more.  As they stand right now this is the best Avalanche team in the team’s history.  That’s crazy.  The next few weeks include some huge games against some of the best teams in the league.  We’ll see where our teams stands then, but what I do know is that this team has me excited for the next decade plus. I’ll take it for sure, no matter what the rest of this season brings.

The Future

I was sitting at the game last Friday night and reflecting on the future of this franchise:

Nathan MacKinnon is 18 years old.
Matt Duchene is 23 years old.
Ryan O’Reilly is 23 years old.
Gabriel Landeskog is 21 years old.
Semyon Varlamov is 25 years old.
Erik Johnson is 25 years old (for a few more weeks.)
Tyson Barrie is 22 years old.

This team’s best hockey is hopefully yet to come. How great is that for us as Avs fans and how scary is that for the rest of the league?  Pretty great and pretty scary.

Let’s Go Avs.

P.S.  Thanks to those of you that play #AvsTwitterPsychic game in and game out.

If you’re not playing, you totally should.  It’s fun, it’s super easy, and it involves no skill at all.  Sound interesting?  Check out the #AvsTwitterPsychic official home page here:

http://www.avshockeypodcast.com/avstwitterpsychic/

The Avs Hockey Podcast, Episode #87

In this show, James “Tapeleg” Gralian and I cover all the games since our last podcast (including some Olympic hockey), we honor Milan Hejduk and his career with the Avalanche, we discuss the possibility of an outdoor game to be hosted in Denver next season, and we showcase Semyon Varlamov’s new skill of making glove saves with no stick, a screen from his own defenseman, and his mask half on.  These topics and much more Avalanche and hockey stuff in episode #87 of The Avs Hockey Podcast.

Thank you, as always, for joining us Avalanche fans.

This is the Pierre Turgeon edition of The AHP.

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Links referenced in the show:

Former teammates making sure that the memory of Elizabeth Turgeon lives on.

Patrick Bordeleau takes himself out of the play.  He’s been to the Jay Vean Hockey School for sure.

Matt Duchene takes a monkey off his back with this goal against the Nashville Predators.

The seemingly annual “Attendance Woes” column from the Denver Post, this year from Terry Frei.

James’ response on his blog to Frei’s column on attendance.

Another Ref Cam, this one from the Stadium Series game between the Rangers and Devils.

There is a possibility of a Stadium Series game here in Denver next season.

A New York Times article, by Pat Pickens, describing how Patrick Roy has changed this Avs team.

The slash which cost Erik Johnson two games.

Varly: Lack of a stick, a screen from Cory Sarich, and his mask being a mess was still not enough to keep him from making this glove save against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Where will Paul Stastny go, if anywhere?

The CBC helps us make some sense out of this season’s new playoff format.