News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - March 1st, 2013

Ryan has a deal - S. Gauthier

The big news for the Avalanche is that the Ryan O`Reilly drama is finally over. After Calgary gave him an offer sheet, that was accepted by Ryan, the Avalanche faced a decision: to sign or not to sign. The Avalanche chose to keep him. This article sums up what happened nicely.

The offer, though, was undeniably a huge one. So there seemed a certain desperation in those dollars.

The natural assumption was that the Avs would match. After all, in the previous 12 of these situations the team backed up against the wall has given in on 10 occasions. However, that they would match certainly was no guarantee.

O’Reilly’s not exactly the most popular guy in the Mile High at the moment. The stalemate over a second contract here has gotten more and more acrimonious (in acknowledging the offer sheet in a media release of their own, the Avs didn’t mention O’Reilly by name). His dad Brian got involved in the contract tiff on Feb. 19th by e-mailing the Denver Post to stick up for his boy. And the process did more harm than good:

The offer, though, was undeniably a huge one. So there seemed a certain desperation in those dollars.

The natural assumption was that the Avs would match. After all, in the previous 12 of these situations the team backed up against the wall has given in on 10 occasions. However, that they would match certainly was no guarantee.

O’Reilly’s not exactly the most popular guy in the Mile High at the moment. The stalemate over a second contract here has gotten more and more acrimonious (in acknowledging the offer sheet in a media release of their own, the Avs didn’t mention O’Reilly by name). His dad Brian got involved in the contract tiff on Feb. 19th by e-mailing the Denver Post to stick up for his boy. And the process did more harm than good: - See more at: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/hockey/calgary-flames/Flames+sign+Avalanche+Ryan+Reilly+offer/8031549/story.html#sthash.xqwshaxh.dpuf

Don't forget, Scott Parker is raffling off his custom Harley for charity. A hundred dollars gets you one of 500 chances to win. (Video starts automatically)

Don't let his long beard, tattoos and the role he played in his former profession scare you: Scott Parker has a huge heart. The proof: he's about to give away a $47,000 prized possession.

The former Avalanche enforcer has made Castle Rock his home and currently owns a barbershop with his wife Francesca. With its vintage and relaxed feel, The Lucky 27 Social Club and Barbershop has become a favorite hang out for ex-military. The Parker's have grown close to many of them and wanted to do something special to help those suffering the after effects associated with calls of duty.

Scott's charity, "Parker's Platoon," raises money to provide trained service dogs to ex-military men who are fighting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He also has a passion for helping those with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI); something Parker experiences symptoms of as a result of his hard hitting hockey days.

Hate Bob Hartley as much as you want, but when he talks about the moment that Sakic passed the Cup to Bourque as his "best pass", it's still something special.

Nearly a dozen years have passed. Yet the images remain indelible. Imperishable. The madness of those final seconds. Standing atop a fire truck during the championship parade. The confetti. The adulation.

Every bit as fresh, as vivid, as powerful, as when it all happened.

"Looking at the clock with Ray Bourque on the ice, 18,000, 19,000 fans on their feet, screaming and jumping ...," reminisced Bob Hartley on Tuesday.

"Well, it’s pretty special.

"The greatest assist that Joe Sakic got in his great career is when he passed the Stanley Cup to Ray Bourque. That’s his best pass.

"You don’t forgot those memories."

DiPietro made a passing comment that he had though about suicide, now it's being looked into further.

York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro says comments he made about considering suicide in a recent interview were used for effect and were not meant to be taken literally.

The comments came to light Thursday when New York-based sports anchor Kevin Maher tweeted excerpts from an interview with DiPietro about being waived by the Islanders and sent down to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

According to Maher’s Twitter feed, DiPietro said the Islanders waiving him felt like "they ripped my heart out, stabbed it, set it on fire and flushed it down the toilet." Maher followed with a tweet saying DiPietro considered suicide as injuries, ineffective play and fan animosity took its toll.

Former NHL stars help celebrate Gordie How his 85th birthday.

Gordie Howe wasn’t around, but he still brought out the kid again in Bobby Hull.

The Golden Jet was among former NHL stars who came out to fete Howe at a Thursday news conference in advance of his 85th birthday celebration at Friday night’s WHL game between the Vancouver Giants and the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Howe missed the session because his flight was delayed, but his absence did not stop Hull, his brother Dennis, Marcel Dionne and Pat Quinn from reminiscing about the hockey great.

The Hulls, Dionne, Quinn and former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower will be on hand for the birthday bash at the Pacific Coliseum.

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