It's been 18 years since the Avalanche have made it past the second round in the playoffs. Colorado is one of just six teams without a conference final appearance in the salary cap era. But with the roster built by general manager Joe Sakic over the past three years, the 2021 version of the Avalanche are looking to break that streak.
Hockey Mountain High breaks down the Avalanche's latest "win" after the release of the Quebec Nordiques-themed reverse retro jersey. Hosts JJ Jerez and Aarif Deen dive into the return to play re-negotiations that the owners have suddenly proposed before a segment on what the Avs are thankful for heading into American Thanksgiving.
The holidays are a time for self-reflection. You know, if you're into that kind of thing. So with that in mind, here's the good, bad and ugly of our Denver sports scene as we sit today.
It's been 25 years since the relocation of the Nordiques to Denver put an end to one of the more storied logos in NHL history. And for a quarter century, fans have yearned for the Avalanche to bring it back -- at least for one more game.
The Avalanche are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. The Avs entered the summer with more cap space than most of the contenders around the league. While rumors were centered around Colorado adding a big-name free agent, most notably Taylor Hall or Alex Pietrangelo, it was the trade market where general manager Joe Sakic added to an already deep lineup.
With limited options available between the pipes, what will Joe Sakic's plan be entering the next regular season?
After the announcement of Devon Toews' new four-year deal with the Avalanche, Hockey Mountain High breaks down how Jared Bednar could use his newest piece. Hosts JJ Jerez and Aarif Deen discuss the blueline shuffle that Toews will cause both on the ice and with the expansion draft next year.
Devon Toews, who was acquired Oct. 12 from the Islanders, will likely slot into Colorado's top-four. He is a left-shot defenseman that could play with Cale Makar on the top pair.
When the Avalanche chose to sign Cale Makar and play him during the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, the topic of his second contract quickly became a story. So how will COVID-19 and a flat salary cap affect the young star's deal?
Following the announcement of his upcoming departure from Denver to cover the Seattle Kraken expansion team, The Athletic's Ryan S. Clark joins the show...