News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - February 25th, 2013

I'm being trolled, only a picture with Winnik was available. - Jeff Gross

A piece of Miracle history was just sold.

The jersey and stick used by Mike Eruzione in the United States' win over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics have been sold at an auction.

The jersey went for $657,250 according to Heritage Auctions, while the stick Eruzione used to score the game-winning goal went for $262,900.

Back in December the pre-sale estimate on the jersey was more than $1 million, so the $657,250 price tag isn't a huge shock. The stick, however, had a pre-sale estimate of just $100,000.

Some high school kids wore KKK gear to a hockey game.

A North Dakota high school principal says appropriate action is being taken after three students briefly donned Ku Klux Klan-style white robes and hoods Friday night during a state hockey semifinal game.

The photo caused an uproar on Twitter when it was posted by 19-year-old Shane Schuster, who was seated with some friends at Ralph Engelstad Arena when something in the student section across the rink caught his eye.

"I thought, ‘Are those KKK hoods?’ I couldn’t believe it," Schuster said. "I was shocked."

Erik Karlsson has no time for Cooke.

Cooke reached out to Karlsson via text but the Senators’ star didn’t respond.

"I received a text, but didn’t think too much of it and didn’t reply," he said. "I don’t think we have anything to say to each other."

Karlsson underwent season-ending surgery and doctors are confident the 22-year-old will have a full recovery.

"They said I should have no problems going forth," said Karlsson. "When I’ll be back I’ll be 100% and hopefully in even better shape than I was before."

Michael Sgarbossa in back in Erie, and he's on the scoresheet,

No sooner did Michael Sgarbossa find himself back in the AHL than he made his way back onto the score-sheet.

Reassigned to the Cleveland-based Lake Erie Monsters Saturday, the 20-year-old Campbellville centre continued to do what he does best — put up points.

Ryan O`Byrne 's Charity Camp will happen again this August.

"Being able to do this in my hometown community was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," said O’Byrne, about his initial camp in 2012.

Registration opens Friday at ryanobyrnecharitycamp.com for Atom- and Peewee players age 9-12. Cost is $500, with all proceeds going to KidSport Victoria, which funds registration fees and equipment costs for local children whose families otherwise could not afford to put them in organized sports.

The Toronto Sun thinks Matt Duchene should get a chance to represent Team Canada at the Olympics.

In Denver, they claimed Matt Duchene was no longer fit.

In Vancouver, they claimed Roberto Luongo was no longer a good fit.

Such was the depth of the criticism targeting these two enigmatic players at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season.

Claiming he was out of shape, Avs fans wondered where Duchene’s head was at.

Claiming his days in Vancouver were over in favour of young Cory Schneider, Canuck fans asked where Luongo would be playing in 2012-13.

Almost a year later, no two players in the NHL have undergone more complete makeovers than Duchene and Luongo. In on-ice performance. In off-ice image. In almost every way.

As you know, I always check for news for you lovely folks. Today, somehow, a news clipping from June 1996 made it's way into my search. I thought I'd pass it along.

Resourceful if not inspired, the Colorado Avalanche's fans have come up with an answer to the Florida Panther's fans in these Stanley Cup finals. Call it a new version of the trap defense.

Aware that they throw plastic rats in Miami to celebrate Panther goals, the Denver customers responded tonight by throwing about a dozen rat traps in response to goals by their team.

The Avalanche erupted for three of them in a span of 3 minutes 51 seconds in the second period. The barrage erased a 1-0 Florida lead and gave Colorado a 3-1 victory in Game 1 at McNichols Arena.

"Denver fans just kind of picked up the hint," said Uwe Krupp, the big Colorado defenseman, who had one goal among his five shots.

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