The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - February 4th, 2014

Paul Bereswill

Matt Hendricks was the Oilers hero.

Familiar inconsistencies. Different result.

Matt Hendricks and the Edmonton Oilers proved they aren’t so bad that they can’t beat the lowly Buffalo Sabres — and on the road, no less. The newly acquired forward scored a short-handed goal 57 seconds into the third period, and the Oilers hung on for a 3-2 win in a matchup of the NHL’s two worst teams Monday night.

Koivu might not make the Olympics.

Mikko Koivu's return to the Minnesota Wild likely won't come until after the Olympics, leaving his availability for Finland during the Winter Games in question.

Koivu broke his right ankle Jan. 4 when he was hit by a puck and had surgery to accelerate the recovery.

Roy mentions of why he pulled Jiggy so early.

Colorado has won four in a row and nine of the past 11 games.

"I'm very proud of our group. Every night, the guys are focused and playing hard," Roy said. "That's the reason we had a chance to come back. We gave ourselves a chance to win."

Roy felt the timing was right to pull Giguere.

"We were buzzing and I thought that was the right time; they had the line (Ryan Carter-Stephen Gionta-Steve Bernier) that I thought would be the best for us to score the goal, so why wait?" Roy said. "We might as well know right away, especially when you're putting on that pressure."

Yahoo talks about what the Avs need from their Olympic-bound players.

All the NHL buzz is about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Colorado Avalanche have four players who will represent four different countries at the Olympics. Semyon Varlamov will represent Russia, Gabe Landeskog Sweden, Matt Duchene Canada and, of course, Paul Stastny for the U.S. Naturally, the Avs are proud of these Sochi-bound players.

However, the Avalanche have hockey business as usual until the Olympic break. The Avs also have a playoff run to gear up for. I don't think I'm going out on a limb predicting the Colorado Avalanche will make the playoffs. Heck, when interviewed for being the first star of the Buffalo Sabre's game, Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon, in teenage exuberance, started talking about winning the Stanley Cup already!

Looks like Vanek wants to test the market.

When the New York Islanders acquired Thomas Vanek in October, the second thought in everyone's minds -- after "Huh?" -- was what assets general manager Garth Snow could acquire if he flipped the forward at the March trade deadline. We're quickly approaching that time.

Vanek and his agent said last week that he still hasn't made up his mind about whether or not he'd re-sign with the Islanders before the trade deadline. He even added that even if they did trade him, the Vanek would listen to an offer from Snow this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

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