2010 Archives http://www.jibblescribbits.com/table/2010-articles/december/ Mon, 22 May 2017 15:33:02 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Honoring Forsberg http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/december/honoring-forsberg.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/december/honoring-forsberg.html Peter Forsberg's latest attempt at a comeback is over, and it appears that it may be his career is finally over. Probably. Well, maybe. Ok potentially. But If it's his last attempt (and there's not a font big enough to make that an appropriately sized if) then the Avs next year will surely have a sweater retirement ceremony.

Forsberg meant as much to the Avs franchise as any player, and my inside sources at Avalanche HQ say they have something special planned for his sweater retirement. The ever inventive Avs marketing team has the following outline for a yearlong tribute to Peter Forsberg.

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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) December Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:57:19 +0000
Tis the season of optomism http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/december/tis-the-season-of-optomism.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/december/tis-the-season-of-optomism.html Believe it or not, the NHL season is now more than ⅓ over. Where has this season gone? It seems like yesterday we were bemoaning the Avs lack of spending in the offseason and salivating for the start of the season. Now it’s mid-December (seriously: December 15th) and the season is humming along at breakneck speed.

Depending on the minute, the Avs are hovering right around the 6-spot in the Tokyo-subway crowded Western conference with 38 points in 31 games. That’s nearly on pace with llast years total at this point, and since the Avs made the playoffs as the 8-seed last season, it may be concerning for some fans. Add in the strength of the Western Conference, both in terms of points and in terms of teams, and it may cause some pessimistic fans to think that the Avs are in serious danger of not making the playoffs. But I think the Avs are likely to get stronger, not weaker, as the season progresses. Here’s why:

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]]> jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) December Thu, 16 Dec 2010 05:05:42 +0000 An unwelcome blast from the past. http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/december/giving-thanks-for-altitude.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/december/giving-thanks-for-altitude.html 15 years ago the Florida Panthers went on an improbable run to the Stanley Cup finals, against the Colorado Avalanche, who came to Colorado that year. I also didn't have cable TV to watch them. I ended up listening to Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup finals on the radio in my parents basement. In fifteen years, a ton has changed. Tonight I listened to the game between the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers in my own basement tonight. So clearly, progress is being made (take that mainstream media!). I also sat for 1/2 the game, trying to watch a tiny a choppy feed on a laptop monitor while listening to the Avs radio feed, which was about 20 seconds ahead of the video feed. This is not the optimal way to watch Hockey, even when you connect said laptop to the 42" screen.

Tonight I'm pretty grateful that Stan Kroenke decided to take a bit of a chance and start a local broadcast network for his local empire. Avs fans give Avs marketing a lot of shit (and truthfully, they deserve a lot of it) and I'm sure Altitude is a different corporate entity altogether, but in the minds of fans they are the same thing. The promotional/broadcast wing of the Avs. And tonight was a reminder of exactly how far hockey has come in the Denver area, and how much we take the broadcasts for granted.

Even in comparable hockey markets, like San Jose, the local network is Fox sports (or Comcast sports). The SD quality is pretty bad, and most of the broadcast usually lacks a lot of polish. Altitude, on the other hand, has one of the most polished local broadcasts in all of hockey. Even with the homer announcers, who are clearly under orders to be positive and not say anything controversial.And, thanks to Altitude we get every single game on television. Well except one.

For one night I remember being in my room, late at night screaming early in the morning as Mike Haynes announced that Colorado Defenseman Uwe Krupp potted the game winner past Florida Goalie John Vanbiesbrook. It's a memory I'm perfectly happy waiting another 15 years for.

jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) December Wed, 08 Dec 2010 03:53:28 +0000
Belated Hannan-Fleishman thoughts http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/december/belated-hannan-fleishman-thoughts.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/december/belated-hannan-fleishman-thoughts.html Yeah, the Hannan-Flesihman trade happened last week, but I was in meetings that went late in the day all last week and didn't really have much time to really comprehend the situation.


For a pretty good analysis on how it affects the Avs this season, The Copper and Blue (and Edmonton Oilers blog) has a very nice analysis of it.

In a vacuum the trade makes a lot of sense. Washington has a plethora of forwards, and needed a steady positional defenseman, and the Avs have a logjam on the backend and, with Stewart breaking his hand, were desperate for someone who could score points on the left wing. Both players also drove their fanbases crazy at times.

But trades don't happen in a vacuum because nature abhors them (and they suck). In previous weeks The Avs traded away prospects Colby Cohen and Michael Bournival for D-Matt Henwick and D-Ryan O'Byrne. Both those trades were a bit bizarre at the time, but I think they could be justified in that the Avs wanted to add defensive depth for the season. (especially since the Avs have had to deal with some injuries.) But the Hannan trade just makes little sense to me. On defense the Avs have essentially traded 2 promising prospects for Scott Hannan and Jonas Holøs (since he's been the odd man out because of the new bodies on defense). I'm not so sure that's an upgrade on defense.

Of course, the Avs didn't just deal in defense, and the Avs got Tomas Fleishmann in return too. So maybe trading Hannan wasn't in the plans, and the injuries at Left Wing forced the Avs hand a little and they had to trade an asset away in order to shore up a gaping hole in their lineup (Kevin Porter is a nice player, but when he's playing on the top line you know it's getting thin). Maybe the explination really is just that simple.

jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) December Tue, 07 Dec 2010 02:43:26 +0000