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What’s wrong with the Avalanche this season? Some of Colorado’s pundits offer their opinions.

Adrian Dater of The Denver Post wrote.

“Well, I picked the Avs to finish ninth in the West this year, but as everybody who has EVER known me knows, I’ve been known to be wrong before.

My problem with the Avs right now is this: I don’t think they addressed their weaknesses all too well this past offseason. They weren’t a good faceoff team last year — and there are no new faceoff specialists on this year’s team. They weren’t a good penalty-killing team last year, and there are no personnel differences on the PK unit so far this year, and entering Sunday the Avs ranked 28th in the league. They had a goalie who led them into the playoffs last year and stole a first-round series against the division champs. But they let him go (and yes, Jose Theodore critics, I’m aware of his numbers so far in Washington — not the greatest). But so far, the Avs’ goaltending has been extremely erratic.

I think they have two good lines, a third line that is miscast and a fourth line that is all heart and little talent. The defense is fine, but the goaltending is suspect. That sounds like the makings of a .500 team, and 5-5 is their record as I write this.”

Woody Paige of The Denver Post added:

“The Avalanche made a mistake with Tony Granato, and the Avs are making a mistake with their starting goaltender, and they’ve made some bad personnel decisions. I suppose if Peter Forsberg is able to come back, they would improve, but this looks to me like a non-playoff team.”

Aaron J. Lopez of the Rocky Mountain News summarized:

“Talented. Underachieving. Hard-working. Lackadaisical.

Four weeks into the season, the Avalanche is a team without a true identity, and its 5-7 record is a reflection of those schizophrenic personalities.

“Inconsistency is somewhat frustrating,” coach Tony Granato said after practice Wednesday. “You want your team to be consistent night after night. It’s something we’re battling through right now.”

From goaltending and defensive coverage to special teams and offensive production, it’s hard to know what to expect from the Avalanche from one game to the next.

On the heels of a five-game win streak, Colorado will try to end a four-game losing streak tonight against Northwest Division rival Minnesota [They lost.]. The Avalanche has not lost five games in a row since a six-game slump during the 1997-98 season.

“We’ve obviously shown glimpses of perfection and being a good team,” forward Wojtek Wolski said. “That’s what we’re working toward. We’re happy that it’s happening at the beginning of the season and not later on. It’s something we want to get out of our system.”

During a three-game losing streak to start the season, the Avalanche played well enough to win at least twice. The current slide has featured two third-period meltdowns on the road and two home losses in which it fell behind by two goals early.

“I don’t know if we’re working on an identity, but the consistency part . . . it’s hard to say (what’s wrong),” defenseman Adam Foote said. “We’ve been in games and we’ve had little lapses here and there. We’ve got to try to get those lapses out of there.”


by Ron Spence

We all know how unpopular – hated – Todd Bertuzzi is in Colorado.

But, why would his uncle Larry be so popular – almost revered  in some quarters?

It goes back to sixteen years ago.

The Nordiques must have thought that they were operating under some creative form of Napoleonic Law.

They reasoned that they could sign two contracts in one day, and then pick which one they wanted to keep.

They traded disgruntled draft pick Eric Lindros to the New York Rangers for: Doug Weight, Tony Amonte, Alexei Kovalev, John Vanbiesbrouck and three First Round Draft Picks – in 1993, 1994, and 1995.

Plus, Quebec would get $12 million thrown in for good measure.

From the Flyers, they were to receive: Ron Hextall, Chris Simon, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne and Peter Forsberg.

And, they would receive First Round Draft Picks for 1993 and 1994, plus $15 million.

The Nordiques preferred the Philadelphia offer, and the NHL’s appointed arbitrator, Larry Bertuzzi agreed with them, and Lindros became a Philadelphia Flyer.

The Nordiques moved to Colorado three years later, and won eight divisional titles, and two Stanley Cups.

Many argue that the Lindros trade – plus the later acquisition of Patrick Roy – were the keys to Colorado’s success.

And thus, is Larry Bertuzzi popular among many in Colorado.

His grand-nephew, however, isn’t.


by Ron Spence



The boring people select chairs. They sit and watch games while eating their wife’s homemade popcorn. They have maybe one beer, two if their team gets to the Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately, the guys sitting on the Montreal chairs will probably be drinking lots of beer this season.

The people who wander a little closer to the edge fork out for more daring items.

Brian Helm, a chef from St. Augustine, Florida takes no prisoners.

Over a urinal in the Men’s Room of his restaurant, is the caption: “I wanted a Pittsburgh Steelers bar, but this is what I got.”

His Steel Curtain biffy stands below Superbowl memorabilia.


You too can have your own jock biffy.

Next spring they will be auctioning off parts of the Wachovia Spectrum, before the implosion takes place. Rumours that the Broad St. Bullies will be showing up with sledge hammers are just that – rumours.

There will of course be seats – or benches – for those of you who are boring.

But, more important, there will be: two penalty box doors, plus doors from both the Home and Visitors’ benches.

Myself, I would like the door to the Flyers’ Coaches room. I was a big fan of both Fred Shero and Pat Quinn. I know Bob MacCammon, now a Detroit scout who attends games at GM Place, and have enjoyed talking to Ken Hitchcock, Roger Neilson and Terry Simpson.

A new door to my office would be great.



There will be the parts from the old kiosks, where they sold hot dogs and beers – great for the family room.

My second preference – if I lived in Philly – would be a window from the GM’s office.

I would stand and look out my new window, and wonder what Russ Farwell was thinking when he structured the Lindros trade.

To get Lindros, he gave up: Steve Duchesne, Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci and Chris Simon.

And then he threw in two first round draft picks and $15 million bucks to boot.

Sure, Philadelphia improved after the trade, but they could have gotten a lot better had they kept those players and hired a different coach.

Just keeping Forsberg alone would have been better than Eric.

As it was, Philadelphia would pay Forsberg $11.5 million over two years – 2005 until 2007 – at the same time that Toronto signed Lindros to a $1.55 million, one year contract.

Of course, I won’t be looking for any Rocky sports memorabilia in the old Spectrum. The arena was just set up for Establishing Shots, but the two Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed movies were actually filmed in Los Angeles.

Something I will bid on – and can have shipped out to the West Coast – will be the mirror from the GM’s bathroom.

I will stare into it and ask, “Bobby, what did you see? And what were you thinking?”



The Shibe Park stadium hit the dust – old school, wrecker and balls, etc. – in 1976.

In 2009 they will be blowing up the Spectrum. Hopefully you will have part of it in your home beforehand.


If you really want to enjoy yourself, read the DEMOLITION FORUM WEBSITE below.

Now, those guys know how to have a good time.



by Ron Spence

Hockey salaries were out of control, prior to the NHL lockout, and the resulting agreement.

During that time, four players were earning $11 million plus per season – not counting Sakic and Fedorov, who had higher front-loaded contracts.

They were: Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg, Keith Tkachuk, and Jaromir Jagr (three seasons).

Name the highest paid NHL player, never to play in an All-Star game, or win a Stanley Cup.

Chris Gratton

Bobby Clarke, and the Philadelphia Flyers, signed Gratton to a $10,150,000 contract for the 1997-98 season.