First off, I want to apologize for being absent the past couple of days. Things are busy right now, but I believe I’ll be back to posting daily now.Now, onto the Avalanche.
In case you weren’t aware, the Avs lost last night to the Calgary Flames. Shockingly, they scored the first goal, and they even managed to kill off a lengthy five on three. Of course, it wasn’t good enough. It seemingly never is anymore. The team lost 3-1, and afterwards, a fuming J.S. Giguere let loose and ripped his teammates. I’ll discuss that in a minute, but first, let’s mention a few updates on the team.
-Semyon Varlamov has a hip injury, and thus Sami Aittokallio has been recalled to back up Giguere. I don’t know how bad Varls’ hip injury is, but there’s no need to rush him back. After the way things have gone, his confidence isn’t particularly high, and there’s no point in creating more problems by hurrying him back.
-Paul Stastny is scheduled to return Wednesday, and Milan Hejduk will make this trip, and might be able to play Thursday.
-Brad Malone scored his first ever NHL goal Monday! It was a tip-in goal, and he scored in his 15th game with the Avs in the NHL. Previously, he scored two assists.
I’m proud of him for saying what he said. I’m proud that he’s showing some fire, that he’s not ready to pack it up. It sucks that the team has struggled so much. There are a multitude of reasons, and plenty of theories regarding the team’s terrible season. At the end of the day though, it has to come back to the guys in the lockerroom. They need to hold each other accountable, and sometimes that means they need to get angry with each other.
This organization is quickly becoming the biggest joke in the league. There are enough good players on the team, but they don’t have any direction. I don’t think the coaching staff is capable of being effective anymore (if they ever really were), management is full of people either too inexperienced or too stuck in the “old ways”, and the ownership has sent the message pretty clearly that they don’t really give a damn.
Giguere mentioned players “talking about their trip to Vegas”, and focusing on that instead of on the remaining games. That’s a slap in the face to the few fans who are still sticking with this team to the bitter end. I understand that they’re trying to distract themselves, and that there are still a lot of players learning how to be professionals, and professionals in one of the four major sports leagues in North America. That doesn’t mean their behavior is acceptable, and while it might seem a bit harsh to “air the dirty laundry to the media”, I think that might be just the slap in the face these guys need.
There are nine games left in the season. We all know the playoffs are impossible. It’s up to the players to decide if these final games are absolute misery, or sort of enjoyable.
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