Avalanche Doubters Beware!

Alot has been said about the Colorado Avalanche that needs to be stopped. Like their goaltending situation, Defense and 3rd/4th Lines“Colorado’s goaltending won’t get them far in the playoffs… They can’t win with a two unproven goaltenders.” I hear it all. Don’t jump to conclusions! Wasn’t there a goalie last year, a rookie, by the name of Turco. Didn’t he post a 1.72 GAA the best in the NHL since Terry Sawchucks Days. There was also a goalie named Patrick Roy who suprised everybody in the NHL and fans in his rookie year. No body knew who he was and now he is the best goalie to ever play the game. Aebischer can play in the NHL his stats for the last 3 years are:

-71 games played

-33 wins

-26 losses

-2.15 GAA

His Goals against are better than Brodeurs by 0.01.

Phil Sauve was great in Hershey of the AHL and in the games I’ve seen him in he looks great. So that settles the Goaltending.

Now for the defense. Have you heard of Blake, Foote and Morris they are three of the best Defense in the league. Plus they added Skrastins who is just as good as Devries and has the current NHL record for Games played with out injury or healthy scratches. Also there is Skoula and Liles who is playing great.

Now for the Avs 3rd and Fourth Lines. The Avalanche have Nikolishen, Hinote, Svatos, Battaglia, Worrell, McCormick and Cummings. I know you’ve never heard of alot of these guys. Svatos is looking like a new Drury. He’s fast and has alot of imagination. McCormick got his first 2 points against the Wild on Thursday and works well with Battaglia. Nikolishen is great with faceoffs and Hinote is the fastest player on the team. The new 3rd and 4th lines this year look great and rival some 1st and 2nd lines of some teams.


47 Responses to Avalanche Doubters Beware!

  1. simplyhabby says:

    I would have to agree with your article. But when doing a preliminary review, you have to state the negatives about the unproven.

    Abby could have a banner playoff year like Roy did in 86. Unlikely but possible. Lets see how he is playing at the break.

    You have to remember that Abby has huge skates to fill. No matter how good a forward line is, a cup winner has an excellent tender. Even the Penguins had Tommy playing at the top of his game.

    I am sure Pierre will let Abby prove himself but he is still the weakness of the team right now. Who ever is stating that the Avs have a poor D, is very uneducated. Their D is top 5 in the conference for sure. Even how the Avs stand now, they have to be considered one of the top 3 cup faves specially with Hatcher gone for at least 4 months. OUCH!

  2. bignorth says:

    Wow! you really settled your case there! If you think Aebischer and Sauve are gonna bring the cup to Denver, you’ve got a lot to learn in the world of hockey. Stats don’t mean jack if the Av’s don’t win games. I cannot imagine anybody thinking that Skrastins, Skoula, and Liles are steady defensmen game in and game out. And there’s a reason why most people haven’t heard of the 3rd and 4th string guys-that’s cause they’ve never done anything worth mentioning. Until they help the Av’s get wins when the guys on the 1st and 2nd strings don’t play so well, they’re not proven players. And…what in the world does imagination have to do with the game of hockey. Does Svatos draw pretty pictures or something? I don’t really compare these 3rd and 4th lines to those of other teams. This article is horrible, hardly even worth posting. I do have to say though, you did a pretty good job at making some hasty generalizations.

  3. Donovan says:

    Agreed with above entirely. The Avs will be good, damn good, but the goalies are still unproven at this level and could choke.

    Off-topic, Who should I get my Leafs jersey numbered? I don’t want anyones name on it from the current team, I’ve grown sick of them. I was thinking of Wendel Clark or even Dave Keon, any suggestions?

  4. dlo44 says:

    Anders Eriksson

  5. titans says:

    Yea…what can I say…they’re all that and a bag of chips! I have Forsburg, Kariya, Tanguay, Foote and Morris on my fantasy team so I’m on the bandwagon!

  6. WildWing89 says:

    Goaltending: The Swiss Miss and Suave could be decent, but likely won’t be. Roy was the greatest goalie ever so he was good in his rookie year. Marty Turco was an awesome backup for Ed Belfour in Dallas before Eddie left. Abby hasn’t been stellar as a backup, so I doubt he’ll be the next best goalie. Suave is still young, but has no real NHL experience, and will have growing pains. Suave is not doing good at the moment against the Oil.

    Defense: Their top three isn’t bad, but not some of the best in the NHL. Blake is overrated, Morris is becoming Blake(overrated) and Foote is good. If the other their d is going to do some good, Blake and Morris have to be the Avs’ best d-men. Also, De Vries is alot better than Skrastins. I don’t really care if he’s the NHL’s current Iron Man, De Vries is way better, and it could cost the Avs for letting him leave. Skoula is nothing special, and past them, they got minor league d-men.

    3rd, 4th Lines: Battaglia and Nikolishin highlight the depth of the Avs, but Bates isn’t the best depth player, and Nikolishin sucked last year. Worrell is nothing bu a goon, and the rest is minor lague forwards.

    They will not win a cup. I doubt they will make the WCF.

    They’re gonna need their top 6 to pick up alot of the pace. Their PP can be good, but their PK is getting cdominated by the Oil tonight.

    Highlight of tonight’s game: “..and the Colorado powerplay is sometimes called ‘The Firing Squad’…” Cue York’s shortie. Purely awesome.

  7. Lint07 says:

    I’d go with Jonas Hoglund…

  8. AmericasteamRedWings says:


    The Red Wings are the best team of all time. In opening night games the last 3 years, they are 3-0. That settles that, I mean, that means they will be the most awesomeist, right?

    Next, have you heard of this guy we signed named Jamie Rivers? He may not be Karlis Skrastins…wink wink nudge nudge….but there is no way he’s just another 5th or 6th defenseman. That makes our defense solid.

    Our forwards, boo hankey, have you ever heard of Boyd Devereaux? Well, he has a lot of imagination, mainly from being knocked senseless by Dallas Drake. In fact, alot of our other players have lots of imagination to, all the way down to our minor leaguers like Kevin Miller. So there ya go, our forwards are unstoppable.

    So in conclusion, you Wings haters better stop bashing us, because in my head, I proved my own ideas right. Regardless of what the majority of the world thinks, you don’t need solid proof, just the ability to say things LOUDLY.

    🙂 Go Wings.

  9. Donovan says:

    Wings fans are too sanctimonious for my liking. They make up “facts” to prove thier points and when all else fails they usually resort to childish name-calling.

    Whoever said Jaime Rivers was not just a 5-6 d-man, your right. He was a freaking 7th d-man on Boston! Kevin Miller has been hanging on the fourth lines for years, the AHL fourth lines!

    I live in Detroit, and as a non wings fan I put up with more than my fair share of crap from these fair-weather friends, and the Wings fans just sicken me

  10. Rico71 says:

    Talk about a defense…

    They just lost 6-3 to the offensively challenged Oilers tonight. They accorded 2 SH goals to boot.

    Yes it was Sauve’s first start of the year and his first start ever…but where was the team defense to help him out? 3 on 2s, 2 on 1s all night against him.

    Blake sucks defensively…like always.

    Skoula, Liles(sp?) are not gonna help out here either. That leaves Foote, Morris(so-so) and Skrastins (so-so)…ouch.

    The 3rd and 4th lines were not very impressive either. Almost no offensive chances came from those lines all game…and so far in the season.

    I have to agree that the Avs have a scary offense, but that’s it.

    And I got myself some points for the pool out of the Oilers victory…excellent!

  11. Donovan says:

    Sicken isn’t the right word. I can’t think of it though, heres why: A “friend” of mine considers himself a die-hard wings fan, and expert in the entire field of hockey. Once during a drop-in game he asked me how plus/minus worked.

  12. TC_4 says:

    Hey Avs fans, your goaltending looked great tonight in Edmonton!!! In all honesty though, Sauve wasn’t that bad. Two Oilers goals(Staios first and Reasoners)were just sweet, and the Cross goal was a fluke. The second by Staios I didn’t think should have gone in, but it was a sweet shot. My point is that Sauve wasn’t that bad, just tonight, the Oilers were that on, and everyone will agree that when the Oilers are on(big IF)they’ve got the talent to beat anyone. I would be more worried about the third line. Hinote, Battaglia, and Nikolishen isn’t bad, but could be better. I think Hinote would be better on the fourth line, and all Nikolishen does is win faceoffs, you need more(ie Stephan Yelle). I think Worrell was a good pickup for the fourth line, but Cummins??? Only for fights, and Svatos the new Drury, settle down buddy. I would be worried about your forwards playing a little d Avs fans. Tonight, Forsberg didn’t look good at all, neither did Selanne.

  13. TC_4 says:

    One more thing, Avs fans, Marty Turco was a rare case, ok? Quit saying that, it’s annoying. Face facts, you probably need Cujo. I respect you sticking up for your guys, but if you want the Cup, you need an upgrade.

  14. TC_4 says:

    Offensivly challenged??? 15 goals in 3 home games this season. I know, they looked bad in Van, and Cgy, but they can score with the best of them. If they package Rita and Comrie, and get a good d-man and a good centre, look out!!!

  15. Oilspill says:

    if the avs are getting beat as bad as they were beaten by the Oilers on Saturday night, don’t count on Colorado to go deep into the playoffs…Sauve aside, that was some weak ass d.

    2 shorthanded goals against!

    weak like mexican beer!

  16. gr8haluschak says:

    Well if the Avs get benificial calls from the refs like they did tonight they should have an easier time winning it all.

  17. rob_b1980 says:

    haha thats nothing i have Sakic, Kariya, Selanne, Forsberg, Tanguay, Hejduk and Blake

  18. TC_4 says:

    Great call buddy, I was at the game, and that was R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S!!! Who is the ref with the visor, he did the Buffalo game to, and I swear he has something against us!

  19. Datsyukfan1307 says:

    I betcha a Tangay for Cujo trade goes down before Christmas…. I hope anyways….

  20. titans says:

    What’ya plan on doing when the Avs only play two games in a week?

  21. FNGretzky says:

    Why is HTR.com posting this? This isn’t a season preview or news. It is opinion, but it is the biast opinion, or better yet, rant of a Colorado fanboy.

    rob_b1980 doesn’t lay down very many credible facts. He basically says that anything Turco can do: Aebischer can do, and Suave looked great in the AHL therefore Aves have steller goaltending this year.

    Watching the Aves-Oilers came last night it looked to me like the Avelanche might be missing some depth past the first and second scoring line, although I would be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt since having Sauve let in weak goals deflates a team.

    I’m not a Red Wings fan but right now, I really can’t see Colorado winning against the Wings in a 7 game series.

  22. tymart27 says:

    May I suggest getting some new friends?

  23. tymart27 says:

    Lowe will never trade comrie to a western rival. Not unless they want to give up their future to get him. But listen to you, all we need is comrie, rita, a good d-man and a good centre. You sound like a leafs fan. after lasts night game I might be worried about more than one d-man and maybe a “playoff proven” goalie, especially after last nights game. Allowing two short handed goals, that hurts, i don’t care how good your offence is.

  24. avsfan19-33 says:


  25. avsfan19-33 says:

    shut up you ass. Do U EVEN KNOW WHO AEBISCHER IS. You’re saying they wont even be decent in the nets for Colorado! You damn wings fans are such ass holes that now shit about anything.

  26. avsfan19-33 says:

    When he says Svatos has imagination, it means he’s creative with the puck….not himself. He can stickhandle as good as anyone in the league and is lightning fast. He is very similar to Hejduk or Hossa.

  27. avsfan19-33 says:

    exactly. it was his first NHL start, so cut him some slack. Also, no goalie in the league could’ve stopped some of those goals, such as the cross goal, both of staios’ goals and the reasoner goal.

  28. tymart27 says:

    What are you somkin? avs and wings making a trade? NEVER! although as a wings fan i would like to see them get something for joseph. colorado would have a easier time getting a starter from another team- burke, kolzig, khabibulin(sp?).

  29. original6dan says:

    Yes, its true… Phil Sauve let in 4 goals on the first 15 shots of last night’s game. Sounds familiar — Didn’t Patrick Roy let in (at least) that many when he faced Detroit in Game 7 of that series in the 2002 playoffs?

    Welcom to the NHL, bitch!

  30. original6dan says:

    Johnny Bower, #1

  31. bignorth says:

    So…that makes them competitors for the Cup?

  32. rob_b1980 says:

    but every team play 82 games so in the last couple of weeks im going to dominate

  33. rob_b1980 says:

    i am not saying abby and sauve will win the cup for colorado easily i’m saying that just because he’s been a backup for patrick roy for 3 years don’t automaticly think that he won’t do well. Abby has studied under roy for 3 seasons and has picked up a few tricks. and from what i saw sauve wasn’t that bad agianst edmonton, it was his very first NHL game and the rest of the team wasn’t playing well.

  34. bignorth says:

    wow! since when is 6 goals ‘not that bad’?

  35. Lafleur_10 says:

    Gotta go with Eddie Shack.

    Clear the track here comes shack

  36. TC_4 says:

    Did you read what I even said??? I said, that we should trade Comrie and Rita and get a centre, and a d-man. I don’t know what your talking about, plus, I don’t remember Lowe saying “I won’t trade him to a Western Confrence team”. When you find that quote, tell me.

  37. Rushing says:

    I find this totally amazing yet typical. Last year Dallas had Turco as a rookie goalie (as a starter) coming in with an outstanding GAA & SA% in his two prior years (first two) as backup to Belfour. He also had an outstanding College record and GAA & SA%. Hardly anybody but Dallas fans were giving him any chance/credit at all last year. He stepped up to the plate and proved many of you wrong last year. Now Aebischer comes up as the new starter for the Avs and all of a sudden so many are saying that he is going to be the “HOT” one. Now what has happened to all of these people saying, “Hold on, we have to wait and see first” like last year?

    Now we have somebody saying how great he is after playing only 3 games. WOW!!!!!!! Typical.

  38. commonwealth says:

    Whoa Whoa Whoa, I’ve been coming to this site for awhile, never have I felt the need to make an account and comment on anything, until now. NHL fans whether they be Colorado fans or not need to just calm down. We are 4 games into the season, and already all the morons come out of the wood work to say either “The goaltending sucks” or “the goaltending will be so good it will rival Patty Roy’s great rookie season” what a suprise, 4 games into the season and we still have no clue as to which assumption is correct! Can’t we all act like actual hockey fans and enjoy sitting back and waiting to see what happens? The only person not effected by the naysaying and the wishful thinking, is the one guy who really matters…. Good ol Pierre the magician. We all know this guy is sitting back waiting to pull a rabbit out of his hat… and if he doesnt? Simple, Avs fans will form a lynch mob, trap him in a barn, and set it on fire. All we can do is hope Celene will be in the barn with him….

    thanks for your time….

  39. TC_4 says:

    Wow typical!!! Another comment that goes nowhere. Your a bitch Russian!!!

  40. Donovan says:

    Thats It! Shack! The Entertainer! Thanks

  41. MantaRay says:

    I am not so much a detracter as I am a realist.

    I am not impressed with the Av’s.

    They are a two line team, with the leagues most overrated defense.

    Its only been four games and the best you can do is boast about being tied with Calgary????

    Get real, Dallas and Detroit have more depth and better defensively.

    Let’s talk again in a few months when the Av’s are fighting for third place in the Northwest Division.

  42. 24cups says:

    What kind of hockey pool is that??????????????

  43. Rushing says:

    I see you’re still acting your normal age of 12. When you reach your maturity level, perhaps we’ll see a response from you without any profanity. In other words, grow the hell up.

  44. TC_4 says:

    Yep that’s right buddy, I’m never gonna stop!!! Grow the hell up. Well, that’s almost a scentence! Take an english class Russian.

  45. Rushing says:

    You can’t cut this guy slack avsfan. This TC dude is only about 12 yrs. old. Believe me, he shows it with his childish responses.

  46. Rushing says:

    Yep……gonna……….real “ENGLISH” words. Taken “ENGLISH” lately you hypocrite?

    Again: once you break the age of 15 let some of us know so you can really create an interesting conversation. Now, go cry on your mother’s shoulder and leave the breast milk alone.

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