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Avalanche Has Busy Summer Ahead

General manager Joe Sakic has several goals he wants to accomplish in the offseason

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche finished this past season the closest it had been to a championship in more than 10 years, but close isn't good enough for the club.

Winning the Stanley Cup remains the ultimate goal for the Avs and is the center focus of general manager Joe Sakic heading into a busy offseason for the squad.

"Just got to keep building and getting better. As great as the end of the year was, we still didn't accomplish the end goal," Sakic said. "We still got to find a way to get better and it starts here in the offseason. We took a little break here. [I'll] meet with the coaching staff here, go over our players and just got to go to work and get ready for the draft and free agency."

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Sakic 2019 Post-Season Press Conference Transcript

Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic discussed the 2018-19 season and a busy summer

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Joe Sakic End of Season Presser

Avs GM Joe Sakic on the 2018-19 season

Avalanche Exec. VP/General Manager Joe Sakic discusses the 2018-19 campaign and looks ahead to the draft, free agency and next season

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The Colorado Avalanche finished the regular season with 38-30-14 record and made the postseason for a second straight year before losing in Game 7 of the second round against the San Jose Sharks.

Executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic spoke to the Denver media on Tuesday about the season and previewed the upcoming draft and free agency period.

Here is the transcript of the news conference.

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Postgame Wrap-Up: Colorado's Stanley Cup Ambition Falls Short

Avalanche loses to Sharks in tight Game 7

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche went on an 8-0-2 run in the final weeks of the regular season to secure a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth for a second straight year. The team then defeated the Western Conference's top team, the Calgary Flames, in five games in the first round and followed it up by taking the West's second-best club to a decisive seventh contest.

Losing Game 7 wasn't how the Avs wanted their season to end.

Colorado fell 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night at SAP Center in the second-round set that went the distance.

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Morning Skate Report: Avs Excited, Not Pressured by Game 7

Colorado ready for series-deciding game against San Jose Sharks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--It's another elimination game for the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it's also a "do-or-die" contest for the San Jose Sharks.

Colorado and San Jose both aim to extend their seasons this evening as they play Game 7 of their second-round series at SAP Center. The winner will advance to the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues, who won their own Game 7 in double overtime against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

"Feels good. I think everybody's in a good mood, we're excited to play," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog following the team's morning skate. "I think, obviously it's a Game 7, we all know that, but we've played some must-wins in the past and the last few weeks in the regular season we had some must-wins.

"For us, we're looking at this for what it is, and we're not going to blow it out of proportion. We're not going to pretend it's not a Game 7 either because that's not possible. We're just going to go out and play like the season is on the line."

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Morning Skate Quotables: May 8, 2019

The Avalanche prepares to take on San Jose in Game 7

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche takes on the San Jose Sharks tonight in Game 7 of their second-round series. The team held a pregame practice this morning at SAP Center before the decisive clash. 

Here is what some players and head coach Jared Bednar had to say following morning skate. 

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Sharks

Winner advances to Western Conference Final

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The Colorado Avalanche will use the same lineup in tonight's Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center as it used in Game 6 on Monday in Denver.

That means the Avs will use a non-traditional setup of 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Head coach Jared Bednar utilized this lineup in Colorado's 4-3 overtime victory in the sixth outing of the set that forced the Round 2 series to a decisive seventh contest.

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Avalanche Squares Off Against Sharks in Game 7

Winner heads to the Western Conference Final

by Dan Vatch / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks face off in the final contest of their second round series in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. MT at SAP Center. With the best-of-seven set all squared up at 3-3, the winner of the contest will face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final.

The last time the Avalanche advanced to a Western Conference Final was in 2002 when the squad went on to face the Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks last earned a spot in the conference final in 2016 when San Jose advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in six contests in the final that season.

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Avalanche Relishes Game 7 Against Sharks

Colorado faces another must-win to reach the Western Conference Final

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

DENVER--These are the types of games that the Colorado Avalanche has played its best in all season.

For the second straight contest, the Avs face a must-win scenario if they want to extend their Stanley Cup Playoff run, as they take on the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday at SAP Center in Game 7 of their Round 2 series. Colorado forced the decisive final game with a 4-3 overtime victory on Monday at home.

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Avalanche, Sharks Vie for Western Conference Final Berth in Game 7

Teams will be meeting in its second head-to-head decisive contest

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks will cap a dramatic Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they contest Game 7 on Wednesday, May 8, at SAP Center at San Jose (7 p.m., MT, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The winner will advance to the Western Conference Final and face the winner of Tuesday's Game 7 between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars.

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Avalanche Quotables: May 7, 2019

The Avalanche heads to San Jose for the final game of the series

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche boarded the team flight for Northern California on Tuesday before the decisive Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

Here is what some players and head coach Jared Bednar had to say prior to traveling.

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