It's comical how much longer Sports Illustrated's analysis is compared to the other sources. It's almost as if someone from The Denver Post works there.
|Outlet||Rank||Last Week||What They're Saying|
|28||27||The Avs are just a pretty unremarkable team, and not a ton jumps at you either way. That's not a good thing. Gabriel Landeskog can't come back soon enough.|
|29||27||Ghastly collapse against the Oilers on Saturday night as they allowed an Edmonton franchise-record 56 shots and blew a 4-1 lead en route to a 6-4 loss. The Ryan O'Reilly issue remains a black cloud surrounding the team.|
|27||25||When 50 saves aren't enough, the Avs have issues. Goalie Semyon Varlamov could do only so much as the Oilers scored five unanswered goals in a 6-4 victory Saturday.|
|-||26||Nothing to see here, so take a look at Lyle Richardson's piece on the worth of Ryan O'Reilly.|
|-||-||Not sure it's even necessary to include NHL.com in this anymore since they only include the top 16 teams. Ahh, screw it.|
|29||24||Who needs Ryan O'Reilly as long as Matt Duchene is playing like this? Duchene is proving to be a bargain and his two-year, $7 million contract has been used as the dividing line for what Avs management will offer unsigned restricted free agent center O'Reilly. Now on a gluten-free diet, Duchene looks markedly more explosive with his first step. Asked about his contract and the O'Reilly situation, Duchene told The Denver Post: "Paychecks are great. You want to get as much money as you can in this game, but for me, I love this game so much, I love this team and this franchise and this city, there's no way I could have held out. I'm not saying what (O'Reilly) is doing is wrong or right. It's his own business." Kumbaya. Still, with defensive and injury problems, it will be a struggle for Colorado to hang around the .500 mark.|
|27||20||As the Avalanche wait patiently for some resolution to the Ryan O'Reilly contract dispute, they can take some solace in the quality of production (17 points, plus-6 in 14 GP) they are getting from C Matt Duchene, the restricted free agent centre they did get signed to a new contract for this season.|
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