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Bednar Named Jack Adams Finalist

Head coach Jared Bednar led Colorado to 95 points in the 2017-18 campaign

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Jared Bednar (Colorado Avalanche), Bruce Cassidy (Boston Bruins) and Gerard Gallant (Vegas Golden Knights) were named finalists for the Jack Adams Award on Wednesday, given annually to the coach voted best in the NHL.

The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 20.

Bednar coached the Avalanche to one of the best single-season turnarounds in NHL history. Colorado (43-30-9) earned 95 points, a 47-point increase from when they finished last in the standings in 2016-17, and clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth for the first time since 2013-14. The Avalanche won 28 games at home, tying their record set in 2000-01. Bednar is a first-time finalist who could become the third coach in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history to win the award (Patrick Roy, 2013-14; Marc Crawford, 1994-95).

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Postcards From Europe: April 24

The Jr. Avalanche saw more of Stockholm before cruising to Helsinki

by Rui Encarnacao /

With the tail end of Tuesday including travel to a different city, the Jr. Avalanche got one last look of Stockholm in the morning. The boys headed to the Ericsson Globe to check out the Globen Sky View gondola ride.

"We went into this glass ball that took us up to the top of the Globe to see the whole view of the entire city," left wing Owen Miedema said. "It was scary at first because it was a weird feeling moving so high up in an elevator outside, but once we got up to the top it was really cool."

The Ericsson Globe, which may ring a bell to some Avalanche fans, was the host of the 2017 NHL Global Series where the Avs matched up against the Ottawa Senators for two regular season games in November.

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Avalanche Farm Report - April 24

The Colorado Eagles advance to the second round of the ECHL Playoffs

by Taylor Hodapp /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage concluded its 2017-18 regular season with a 35-31-10-0 record, 80 points and .526 points percentage. The Rampage finished eighth in the Pacific Division and did not qualify for playoffs, missing a spot by .033 percentage points

Andrew Agozzino led San Antonio with 44 points (23 goals, 21 assists) during the regular season, while Rocco Grimaldi was fourth in team scoring with 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists).

The conclusion of the campaign also marked the end of San Antonio's affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche as the club's American Hockey League team will now be the Colorado Eagles, who are moving up from the ECHL beginning in 2018-19 season.

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Postcards From Europe: April 23

The Jr. Avalanche explored Stockholm and played an exhibition game

by Rui Encarnacao /

The Jr. Avalanche had an action-packed day on Tuesday that started with an in-depth sightseeing tour led by a local guide. They stopped at multiple spots including the highest point of Stockholm and Old Town where the Royal Palace is located.

"We got to see some really nice views and learn about the city," second-year forward George Poirier said. "I thought it was interesting that you aren't allowed to build floors above seven stories because the King wanted to the live in the highest building."

The team was also able to witness the Royal Palace changing of the guard before they headed to the Vasa Warship Museum where the 17th century recovered warship resides.

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Sakic Reflects On 2017-18 Season

The Avalanche finished the campaign with 95 points

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

As the Colorado Avalanche enters the offseason after falling 4-2 in its first-round postseason series with the Nashville Predators, Avs executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic reflected on the improvement he saw from his club in the last 12 months.

The Avalanche refocused last summer and battled to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this campaign for the first time since 2014, just a year after finishing the season with 48 points.

"Obviously, we knew last year that we had to get through the year to start fresh, and we did that. Not going to lie to you, we feel a lot better this year than we did last year at that point but, it was Year One of this," Sakic said. "We got a great group of guys. I know things were really, really tough last year, but the guys that came back, we have some really good players that came back.

"They were prepared all last summer… The effort and the commitment that the players, the returning players, had in the summer and training camp and throughout, there was a different mindset. I am really proud of those guys and obviously the new guys that came in, the character guys, and the belief in each other and the will to find ways to win games. It's impressive."

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Joe Sakic End of Season Press Conference Quotes

Avalanche general manager wraps up 2017-18 campaign and looks ahead to next season

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Joe Sakic End of Season Presser

Avs GM Joe Sakic on the 2017-18 season

Avalanche Exec. VP/General Manager Joe Sakic discusses the 2017-18 campaign and looks ahead to the draft, free agency and next season

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Colorado Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic had a news conference on Monday to discuss the team's performance during the 2017-18 season.

Among the topics that were discussed were the Avs' Stanley Cup Playoff run, this summer's draft and free agency and the expectations for next season.

Here is the transcript of Sakic's conversation with the Denver media.

On if injuries hurt Colorado in the playoffs:

"It hurts when you don't have your No. 1 'D' and your No. 1 goalie, but I give our guys a lot of credit. They battled adversity all year, it didn't matter who was hurt. They stuck together, they found a way to win games, get in the playoffs, and except for last night's game where I think we run out of gas, it was a heck of a series by our guys. All teams have injuries this time of year and you have to deal with them, and our guys played hard. They believed in each other, and we went to Game 6. Overall, over the course of the year, really proud of this group. They did an amazing job."

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Postcards From Europe: April 21-22

Avalanche Pee-Wee Team travels to Sweden

by Rui Encarnacao /

The 2018 Jr. Colorado Avalanche Pee-Wee Team has begun its 10-day journey to Europe where it will compete in the 2018 Nordic Hockey Trophy Tournament in Espoo, Finland.

The team representing the Avalanche, the Arvada Hockey Association AA Pee Wees, earned its bid by winning the 2017 Avalanche International Qualifier back in November. Eleven teams throughout the state of Colorado competed in the pool-play tournament, with Arvada going undefeated throughout the competition.

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Promising Season Raises Expectations

Colorado gave Nashville plenty to handle in playoff series

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche aimed to make noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the team certainly did. That didn't make the final result any less disappointing.

Colorado's season came to an end Sunday night as the Nashville Predators won the first-round series 4-2, downing the young, upstart Avs 5-0 in Game 6 at Pepsi Center.

"It is tough to sum up the series right here, right now, but I felt like we made them fight for it," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, minutes after leaving the home ice for the last time until the fall. "I don't know if they thought that they were going to roll over us (in the first round), but I'm proud of the group we have in this dressing room."

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Bednar: "I'm Proud Of This Team"

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar talks about the series loss and Colorado's season

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Bednar - Postgame (April 22)

Bednar after the first-round series loss to Nashville

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar talks about the first-round series loss to Nashville and the 2017-18 season

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The Colorado Avalanche lost its first-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Nashville Predators 4-2 after falling 5-0 in Game 6. 

Here is what Avs head coach Jared Bednar had to say afterward about the series as Colorado's 95 point season.

On the 2017-18 Colorado Avalanche team: "I'm proud of this team. What they accomplished, how hard they worked all year, how coachable they were. It's a great group, it's a fun group to coach. That's what I'll take out of it. I thought they were respectful, responsive, hard-working group, real close-knit group from day one, really. Great leadership. It was a good season, it was a fun season, it was a lot of fun, especially for a lot of our guys that went through probably their worst season, myself included, last year. To respond and have a season like this. It was fun and it was a good time."

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Postgame Notes & Quotes - Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round, Game 6

Nashville won the best-of-seven series 4-2 with a 5-0 win

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

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Nashville won the best-of-seven series 4-2 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.

The Predators posted a shutout victory in a series-deciding game for the first time in franchise history, joining the Vegas Golden Knight and the Winnipeg Jets as the third team to accomplish the feat this postseason. (via NHL PR)

The Avalanche is now 25-21 in all-time playoff series, 19-12 since moving to Denver.

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