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 … Read more

Avalanche’s Valeri Nichushkin is the 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

Darcy Kuemper or Pavel Francouz? For Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, it’s simple. Here’s why.

He didn’t say much then, either. Brent Belecki knew if Darcy Kuemper felt ready to rock by looking deep into his eyes. If he spotted any flame, even a flicker, burning from the soul to the pupils, the kid was good to go between the pipes. “If people don’t know (Kuemper), they see him as … Read more

Rangers aim to compete at higher level against Lightning in Game 4

TAMPA – The New York Rangers didn’t come into the Eastern Conference Final naively underestimating the challenge of knocking out the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. They knew it would be hard. Now they know just how tall of a task this is going to be. The Rangers won Games 1 and 2 against the … Read more

Esposito’s loyalties with Lightning against Rangers in conference final

The Lightning, a team Esposito co-founded in 1990, was hours from the beginning of the Eastern Conference Final with a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1. Esposito was the Rangers general manager from July 1986 through May 1989, after having played for New York from 1975-81. The 1984 Hockey Hall of … Read more

Darcy Kuemper Vs. Pavel Francouz is the NHL’s version of Drew Lock vs. Teddy Bridgewater. Based on Avalanche-Oilers Game 1, neither guy will get Front Range fans where they want to go.

Jared Bednar is no Vic Fangio, thank goodness. But, Lordy, are the Avalanche’s goaltending options for the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs starting to remind you a little of the Broncos ’quarterback derby last summer. And not in a good way. Darcy Kuemper or Pavel Francouz? Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater? Does it matter? Pick a … Read more

Darcy Kuemper Vs. Pavel Francouz is the NHL’s version of Drew Lock vs. Teddy Bridgewater. Based on Avalanche-Oilers Game 1, neither guy will get Front Range fans where they want to go.

Jared Bednar is no Vic Fangio, thank goodness. But, Lordy, are the Avalanche’s goaltending options for the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs starting to remind you a little of the Broncos ’quarterback derby last summer. And not in a good way. Darcy Kuemper or Pavel Francouz? Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater? Does it matter? Pick a … Read more