2010 Archives http://www.jibblescribbits.com/table/2010-articles/ Mon, 22 May 2017 15:28:21 +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
This is hockey, not a dance recital http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/november/this-is-hockey-not-a-dance-recittel.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/november/this-is-hockey-not-a-dance-recittel.html Last night, after Kyle Brodziak of the Minnesota Wild enacted his diabolical plot to break Chris Stewart's hand with his face Chris Stewart motioned to the Minnesota bench and did a little hand gesture that was the equivalent of "keep talking assholes". He did not go over and take their lunch money, although he probably could have. In an emotional back and forth game a player has words for the other teams bench. I've seen it happen a ton of times, and it's no big deal. It's part of the game Except apparently I don't know jack since I'm not from the so called state of hockey. Because apparently a little jawing at the bench is a complete and total lack of class.

Don't believe me, ask Minnesota fans, bloggers, and announcers. First the tweet towards Adrian Dater from a Wild fan

@adater what's with your boy Stewie? Is he usually that classless? I bet the team full of early 20-somethings is awful mouthy 2.  
Then Wild Blogger BReynolds had this to say:
The good thing is, the Avalanche players were classy in their victory. I know it is a division game, and I know there is always some heated emotions between the Wild and Avs, but I really detest classless crap like Chris Stewart pulled tonight.

Not surprisingly, the whiniest homer announcers in all of hockey, the Minnesota duo, started it all off when they called Stewart... you guessed it.... classless. What bugs me about when Wild fans are whining about this stuff is that they seem to take their cues straight from these two morons. Classless? Because Stewart's jawing at his opponent? Seriously? Or is it because he's using a non-obscene hand signal? I mean Wild fans cheer for Cal Clutterbuck for god's sake (and Derek Boogard was and is a local legend.) Do they think these guys got under other teams skins solely by finishing their checks? I guarantee that the Wild bench was jawing at Stewart just as much as he was jawing back (and we have some confirmation there too).

Jawing isn't classless, it's hockey. Guess what, had Stewart done this as a member of the Wild, the fan base would have loved it. I'm positive of that, and do you knwo why, because let's take a minute to remember all the way back to April of 2008 when the Wild were responsible for one of the most classless performances in recent history. A performance in which they were admonished by pretty much everyone (Wild Bloggers and Avs fans and bloggers alike.) including local columnists. So did these savvy Minnesota experts on class come out and give it to their team for acting like goons in the previous game... err, not exactly. Unfotunately, I was unable to find the video of the Wild announcers crying it up, and calling Avs players like Ben Guite and Tyler fricking Arnason goons while cheering on Derek Boogard and Stephane Villieux taking runs at Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny.

Wild Baby

jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) November Sun, 28 Nov 2010 06:57:33 +0000
Rosterbation: Trading target http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/october/rosterbation-trading-target.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/october/rosterbation-trading-target.html For those who haven't heard there's reports that the Avs are looking to trade a defenseman. During the Detroit game last week  USA today and others (including I believe Dater.) reported that there were 16 scouts scouting the Avs-Les Ailes game last week, and rumors abound that the Avs were looking to trade a defenseman. Then against the Rangers the Avs suited up 7 defensemen (which I normally don't like, but the 7 defensemen are better than the 4th line forwards) which leads me to believe that the Avs have one too many cooks in the defensive kitchen. Cumiskey is probably the most likely to be traded (a combination of his small salary and his ability make him a desireable option to some teams.)

So tonight I was watching the Sharks play the Hurricanes, and it became apparent that the Sharks defense is pretty awful. A quick search of their defensive depth chart confirms my suspicions. The Sharks lost Rob Blake and Christian Erhoff to free agency, and could not replace either of them very adequetely. I believe any one of the Avs 7 defensemen would instantly become the Sharks 3rd best defensman. (Douglas Murray is not a 3-4 defenseman. As Eric Staal proved when he undressed him tonight.)

By no means does this mean a trade is coming between these two teams, I just think San Jose is in desperate need of a defenseman, and the Avs have a current abundance, and have several in the minors that are chomping at the bit to be called up as well (although browsing the stats Shattenkirk and Cohen are both struggling a little). I think the Avs will be looking for a Winger prospect, and I'm not sure the Sharks really have much there, but it's a possibility.

Basically, I just think the Sharks and Avs are a good fit for a trade.

jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) October Wed, 20 Oct 2010 05:19:02 +0000
I will not boo Crawford. http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/september/i-will-not-boo-crawford.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/september/i-will-not-boo-crawford.html As many of you probably know by now, The 1995-1996 Colorado Avalnche, coached by one Marc Crawford, will be reunited at opening night to celebrate the Cup Winning Avalanche (I assume there will be something Opening night, Oct. 7th. Dater doesn't say specifically, but even Avs management isn't stupid enough to not have something that night for the fans.) Unfortunately, the big understory for this game is the return of Marc Crawford, the guy behind the bench for the Vancouver Canucks when Todd Bertuzzi attacked Steve Moore.

There's very mixed reactions on Crawford, but personally, I'll be silent, or even applaud politely because this is a celebration of the 95-96 team. It's a night of celebration, and Crawford was part of that team. I've forgiven Bertuzzi, and I've forgiven Crawford. Doesn't mean I won't boo them when they are there for other teams, but as an ambassador for my favorite team of all time, I won't boo Crawford.

But, like DD at MHH, I'm still not over it.


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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) September Thu, 23 Sep 2010 02:25:33 +0000
An addendum to the 5 Reasons I love hockey http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/august/5-reasons-i-love-hockey.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/august/5-reasons-i-love-hockey.html For those who don't know, Puck Daddy over at Yahoo has a running feature called "5 reasons I love hockey". Well a while back Sean Leahy asked me to write up my five reasons, and today they were published over at Puck Daddy. Check them out.


When you do, check back here, because I have something I wanted to add after the jump.

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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) August Mon, 30 Aug 2010 03:11:57 +0000
July Sucks http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/july/july-sucks.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/july/july-sucks.html I have the will to write something and.... nothing.


I could write about the Avs off-season moves... oh, right.


I could write about Kovi... umm done to death?


I could get uneccesarily angry over some perceived slight, but I'll save that for the professionals.


So umm... is it October yet?

jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) July Tue, 27 Jul 2010 04:45:07 +0000
Picking your Avs man-meat acquisitions for '10-'11 http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/june/picking-your-avs-man-meat-acquisitions-for-10-11.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/june/picking-your-avs-man-meat-acquisitions-for-10-11.html Every year I go on record and talk about who the Avs should sign, and who the Avs should take a pass on. Believe it or not, this is my fourth season in doing this. The first year, I did this and advocated for Smyth and Hannan, then the Avs had a decent season and made the playoffs. The next season I advocated to give Budaj a starting shot, but sign Holmqvist or Valiquette as a solid backup to Budaj, Jeff Finger for cheap (before knowing Toronto would lose their minds) and Niklas Hagman and Brenden Morrison. Francois Giguere didn't listen to me, and the Avs went through their worst season since moving to Colorado and Giguere was fired. Last year Greg Sherman corrected this mistake, and listened to me. I called for the Avs to save cap room for this season, and sign Craig Anderson. That worked out pretty well.

Good job, so far Greg. Now Sherman has been coy with what he's going to do with free agency. Really, he's waiting for me to publish this list, because he knows the Avs season, and likely* his job, depends on my sage advice. This year the question essentially all comes down to: should the Avs push hard for Ilya Kovalchuk

*not actually likely.

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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) June Wed, 30 Jun 2010 04:30:18 +0000
Foote inks one year deal to keep the Avs defense the same http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/may/foote-inks-one-year-deal-to-keep-the-avs-defense-the-same.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/may/foote-inks-one-year-deal-to-keep-the-avs-defense-the-same.html Courtesy of Adrian Dater, Adam Foote has signed a one year deal with the Avs for $1M, with another $1M or so in incentives possible.

Frankly I'm not sure how I feel about this move by the Avs.


On the one hand, Footer is a Colorado legend, and a sure fire bet to have his number hanging from the rafters when he does finally call it quits. He played alright this season, even though he has clearly lost a step or two (and speed was never his forté to begin with). He is also one of the few defensive defensemen on the Avs roster, with Wilson and Hannan being the only other two who would qualify for that title. Also as captain, and one of the few graybeards on the team, he provides valuable leadership to a team that probably is a little too green to get it from their talented core.  He didn't play terrible last season and a deal worth $1-2M is probably a fair deal for Foote's current level of play.

Phoenix Coyotes v Colorado Avalanche

That said, by signing Foote the Avs now have essentially the same defense that they had last season, sans Brett Clark (and Ruslan Salei, who didn't play much at all). And to be perfectly frank, this is a defensive corps that was ok, but not very great. I have a feeling that Anderson covered a lot of warts in the back end. And out of the Avs top 6 (Foote, Hannan, Quincey, Liles, Cumiskey and Wilson) only Wilson and Cumiskey are going to have much of a chance at getting any better. I'm not sure the Avs defense can replicate the success they had last season.

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jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) May Wed, 26 May 2010 04:10:24 +0000
Adios...for now http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/march/adiosfor-now.html http://www.jibblescribbits.com/2010-articles/march/adiosfor-now.html I'm on vacation for the next 2+ weeks with not much internet access. I was going to have frequent commentor Dario bless you all with his wisdom over those two weeks, but I was lazy and didn't get it set up, so sorry.

Hopefully the Avs don't completely fall apart.

Go Avs.

jibblescribbits@gmail.com (Jibblescribbits) March Wed, 24 Mar 2010 04:18:51 +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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