Florida Panthers hire Paul Maurice, for some reason

Florida Panthers hire Paul Maurice, for some reason

Paul MauricePhoto: Getty Images We’re still very much in a time where teams in any sport are going to overreact to playoff results. They have 82 or 162 games of sample size where they play everyone and aren’t confined to one matchup with one team at one time with one status of health, but whatever … Read more

Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay are gold-medal hypocrites

Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay are gold-medal hypocrites

If Devon Toews is dangerous, Corey Perry is malignant. Or is it hockey etiquette when a player is helplessly sprawled out on the ice, the way JT Compher was in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, to put your full weight on the sprawled player’s leglike the footstool at a library, while digging your … Read more

Lightning rely on championship mettle for Game 3 win in Stanley Cup Final

Lightning rely on championship mettle for Game 3 win in Stanley Cup Final

The back-to-back Stanley Cup champions had been overwhelmed in a 7-0 loss in Game 2 at Ball Arena in Denver on Saturday, and they were down 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. “That showing last game didn’t sit well with anyone in that locker room,” forward Anthony Cirelli said. “We knew we had to come out … Read more

Manson eyes Stanley Cup with Avalanche in Final after father came close

Manson eyes Stanley Cup with Avalanche in Final after father came close

“Oh, I didn’t even think about [Father’s Day],” Josh, a Colorado Avalanche defenseman, said last week. “The focus has been on everything else. I’m sure we’ll be spending some good time together soon and we’ll want to make it special.” Josh and the Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the … Read more

Helm relishes opportunity with Avalanche in 2022 Stanley Cup Final

Helm relishes opportunity with Avalanche in 2022 Stanley Cup Final

DENVER– Fourteen years. That’s how long it’s been since Darren Helm has held the Stanley Cup over his head. He was 21 years old when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final at Mellon Arena, 25 games into his NHL career. Now he’s 35. Mellon … Read more

Avalanche chasing Stanley Cup greatness, but don’t write off Lightning

Avalanche chasing Stanley Cup greatness, but don't write off Lightning

DENVER– They’re chasing greatness. They’ve got a shot to do something that hasn’t been done since a legendary team did it in the 1980s. No, not the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are trying to become the first team to win three straight Stanley Cup championships since the New York Islanders won four in a row … Read more

Meet the Avalanche fan who got banned for spreading his friend’s ashes on Ball Arena ice. With no regrets.

Meet the Avalanche fan who got banned for spreading his friend's ashes on Ball Arena ice.  With no regrets.

Ryan Clark can live with being banned from Avalanche home games right now. Because, dang it, The Lord and Cale Makar as his witnesses, he’d do it again. Stanley Cup and all. In a heartbeat. “I told myself at the time, ‘This is gonna (stink) if they make the playoffs,’” Clark laughed from his home … Read more

Avalanche beat Lightning in OT to take Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche beat Lightning in OT to take Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy fails to defend a goal from the Avs’ Andre Burakovsky during overtime to win Game One of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final.Image: Getty Images Usually, especially in a Stanley Cup Final, you need at least a few games before the level of play truly takes off. Coaches and teams want to try … Read more

Avalanche’s Valeri Nichushkin is be best $850,000 Joe Sakic ever spent

Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin is be best $850,000 Joe Sakic ever spent

Picking a favorite Joe Sakic steal is like having to pick a favorite kid. But a tip of the salary cap to the $850,000 the Avalanche general manager gave Valeri Nichushkin three summers ago, a deal that’s aged like the finest of wines. “You know, I think about that (sometimes),” Nichushkin, the two-way forward — … Read more

MacKinnon focused on fulfilling dream of Stanley Cup with Avalanche

MacKinnon focused on fulfilling dream of Stanley Cup with Avalanche

Nearly two decades later, MacKinnon is four wins from fulfilling his dream with the Avalanche. Though the 26-year-old never had the opportunity to play with Sakic, the Hockey Hall of Fame forward was Colorado’s executive vice president of hockey operations when it selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Nine … Read more