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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 /

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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Makar Learning Quickly in Playoffs

Rookie defenseman has earned the trust of his Avalanche teammates and coaches

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

At this time a month ago, Cale Makar was preparing for the biggest games of his college hockey career as the University of Massachusetts was in the Frozen Four for the first time in program history.

Jump ahead to early May and every game Makar is playing right now is the next biggest one of the season with the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The defenseman hasn't looked out of place in his first eight NHL contests and has played a significant role in the Avs' success in the postseason.

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MacKinnon Continues to Elevate His Game

The forward is tied for the league lead with 12 postseason points

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Nathan MacKinnon helped lead the Colorado Avalanche all season and the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are no different.

The 23-year-old forward finished the 2018-19 campaign first on the Avs with a career-high 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists) in 82 games. Through eight postseason contests, MacKinnon has recorded 12 points (five goals, seven assists), tied for the league lead.

His 12 points are the most by an Avalanche player since Joe Sakic also had 12 in 2004. The last time that a Colorado player had 13 or more in a playoff year was 2002 when Peter Forsberg (27), Sakic (19), Alex Tanguay (13) and Greg deVries (13) did it.

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Nieto Making Impact During Avs' Playoff Run

Colorado forward is playing his former team in the second round

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Matt Nieto has found a home with the Colorado Avalanche, but he will always have a connection in San Jose Sharks history.

He became the Sharks' first-ever California-born player drafted by the franchise after the team used its first selection on him (No. 47 overall, second round) in 2011.

The Long Beach native played his first 221 games in the league with San Jose and remains a popular player with the Bay Area media whenever the Sharks visit Denver or the Avs travel to San Jose.

Nieto helped the NHL's Northern California club in two playoff campaigns, including the team's Stanley Cup Final run in 2016, but he is now tasked with trying to eliminate his former teammates in the second round of the 2019 postseason.

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Complete Round 2 Playoff Schedule Released

Colorado begins best-of-seven series at San Jose on Friday.

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / Official website of the Avs

The NHL released the full schedule for the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night, complete with dates, times and broadcast information.

The Colorado Avalanche opens its Round 2 series at the San Jose Sharks on Friday at 8 p.m. MT at SAP Center. Game 2 of the best-of-seven set is Sunday at 5:30 p.m. MT in San Jose.

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Avalanche Had Attack Mentality in Round 1 Win

Colorado averaged 40 shots per game against Calgary Flames

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Calgary Flames were one of the best teams in the NHL during the regular season when it came to generating offense and creating scoring chances.

That wasn't the case during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the Colorado Avalanche flipped the script against Calgary and is now preparing for Round 2 after winning the best-of-seven series in five games.

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Makar's Memorable Week

Once-in-a-lifetime moments culminated in the rookie defenseman's first NHL goal

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

It's stuff of fairytale, made for the big screen, maybe even legend. Whatever it is, it's hard to script a better start to Cale Makar's NHL tenure with the Colorado Avalanche.

Nearly 35 hours after he signed his first pro contract, Makar scored his first NHL goal--on his first shot on goal, nonetheless--to help the Avalanche top the Calgary Flames 6-2 on Monday in Game 3 of the clubs' Round 1 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It was pretty exciting," Makar said of his first game he's dreamed about playing in since he was a kid. "The nerves went away after the first period, but it was fun."

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Avs 2019 Playoff Run Has A Different Feel To It

Colorado is playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight year

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

The Colorado Avalanche is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight year, marking the first time it has made back-to-back appearances since it earned 11 straight trips from 1994-95 to 2005-06.

But this year's postseason has a different feel to it than it did at this time last season.

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Old Division Foes Meet For First Time In Playoffs

Colorado and Calgary were in the same division for 17 seasons

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames may now be in different divisions, but the two organizations know each other very well from their time as rivals in the old Northwest and Pacific Divisions.

From 1995 to 2013, the teams would play at least six times a year, with three of those seasons seeing eight matchups in a campaign.

The Avs and Flames met a total of 85 times during their 14 seasons in the Northwest and 16 times in their three campaigns in the Pacific (1995-1998), with Colorado holding a 49-43-1 record and tying eight times in those games.

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Avalanche to Select Fourth Overall at 2019 NHL Draft

Order of first 15 was revealed during draft lottery

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

The Colorado Avalanche will select fourth overall at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver following the results of Tuesday's draft lottery in Toronto.

The results of the lottery were revealed live on national television in North America from Sportsnet's "Hockey Central Studio" at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic was the Avalanche's representative at the unveil.

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