During the many years that I worked in “big media”, I usually had the whole month of August on vacation. Working for me now, vacations don’t exactly fit into the equation. Not to say that I still don’t take a vacation. But, yeah, it’s more technically a “working holiday” now than it used to be. That’s fine with me, because I’m one of those people who likes to work and doesn’t always do well with the time when I’m supposed to just sit back and relax. In 2022 too, we must always continue to feed the furnace that is the content mill. You can no longer run a site where it says your last story was seven or eight days ago, although some still think they can. So let me write some random thoughts on the Avalanche on a very slow news day in a traditionally very slow month for hockey news.

  • I hear nothing about the Avalanche being on the free agents still there. Now, that’s not to say that five minutes after this thing is posted, they won’t be announcing a new signing. But I don’t hear anything.
  • Which makes me believe even more firmly that the #2 center spot will start out as an inside hire rather than an outside hire. We looked at who might get the job the other day.
  • Many people have asked me “Will there be a full season video of the Avalanche, like there was after they won the cups in 1996 and 2001?” And the answer is: I think so. The NHL has released official videos from the previous two seasons of the Tampa Bay Lightning championship, on DVD, so I’m not sure why they wouldn’t do it for the Avalanche either. If I remember correctly, they usually don’t come out until the start of the following season, because they do a lot of player/coach interviews when they get back to camp.
  • I still have VHS copies of the previous two Cup videos. Man, I was watching the 1996 one all the time.
  • This team actually won the Stanley Cup again. Did you find yourself saying that to yourself sometimes this summer? Hasn’t it seemed like an impossible dream for so long, it just wouldn’t happen? But they DID.
  • If I’m in a fantasy hockey league (I was in a media league for a few years and got slaughtered and I’m an extremely sore loser and quit out of spite) I definitely take Artturi Lehkonen as a sleeper at the start of the pick round, for point production.
  • I don’t know why I admit this but: the bad loser thing, I’m not exaggerating much. About a few years ago, I actually threw my phone on the floor after losing an online chess match, a game I had in the bag but exploded with a stupid move. Broke the phone, had to pay $350 for a new one. And I consider myself a lot softer now than before in that department.
  • Man, after watching Lehkonen play here, I can’t believe the Montreal Canadiens let him go. His only defense is phenomenal.
  • Judging by her Instagram photos, Valeri Nichushkin’s foot is cured again. Or at least he no longer needs crutches to walk.
  • Nichushkin’s personal story is probably worth a book or something. Has anyone ever had a more dramatic career turnaround than him in the NHL? I can’t think of anyone, a guy who had his contract bought out, then signed a minimum contract, almost on probation, then signed an eight-year contract three years later for big money?
  • I have an Instagram account, but it’s more of a ghost. I can’t handle so many social media anymore. Social media hasn’t been my friend, so the less I’m on it the better. I’ve come to despise social media (Twitter in particular) especially now, because I just don’t think anyone is really authentic to it. Everyone tries to look like a perfect person, signal virtue and not be themselves. It’s wrong. The right people I love moralizing others about it, when they have as many or more skeletons in their closet than anyone else.
  • I heard the waitlist for Avalanche season tickets is currently around 3,000.
  • I think Andrew Cogliano will play for a few more years, but I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he jumps straight into the NHL as an assistant coach when his time as a player is over.
  • I don’t think Alexander Georgiev should go to camp too comfortable in his mind that he’s the No. 1 guy no matter what. I’m not saying it is. I’m just saying that I think Pavel Francouz has a better chance of winning this role in the future than he might think. That said, he will enter the camp as the No. 1 guy. But will he be able to get his hands dirty?
  • I watched the ‘All or Nothing’ season, on Amazon Prime I believe, on Arsenal of the Premier League – the team owned by the Kroenkes. Josh Kroenke has a lot to do with it. Josh received very good media training at an early age, it seems. He is a pro when it comes to gently handling any issue in a diplomatic and calm manner, no matter how difficult. These Arsenal fans were on him and Stan Case not long ago, but there too they reversed the situation. They are currently unbeaten in the Premier League.
  • I’m a pretty big football fan, always have been. I played guard in high school (we were awful, not my fault) and covered for the former APSL Colorado Foxes in the early 90s, a team that won two championships.
  • I also covered the late, great Denver Thunder of the old indoor soccer league, a team that…wait…lost…33 games in a row. They played in front of mostly close friends and relatives at the old McNichols Sports Arena, stayed in town for a year, and folded. But I covered this team with as much passion as ever for the Avalanche. When it’s your rhythm, it’s like your own child. You think it’s the most important thing in the world.
  • Man, were we a bad football team, my team in high school. Other than not being able to score at all or defend at all, things were just great. Talk about a bad temper after losing – I was bad for being there. We really cracked up.
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