The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - April 11th, 2014

Rich Lam

Out of the Avs who may get some attention when it comes to individual awards?

The Colorado Avalanche continue to surprise everyone with their performance this season, and it is not without several standouts. With this in mind, let’s look at the prospects of different awards that could be coming to various Avalanche personnel following this season.

Patrick Roy still gives great quotes, even if his ears are blocked by his Cup rings.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov was the last player in the Colorado Avalanche locker room, explaining changes in his style after a franchise-record win when his coach walked by and extended his hand.

"Thanks for beating my record, Varly," Patrick Roy said with a big smile.

Varlamov made 38 saves in a 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, breaking Roy's single-season record with his 41st win and lifting the Avalanche into first place in the Central Division.

"The coach is very happy; we're going to call Patrick tomorrow to let him know Varly beat the record," Roy joked with reporters outside the room a few minutes later. "I am sure he's going to be OK with it"

A lot of Avalanche records may fall before their remarkable season ends.

Ryan Smyth is expected to announce his retirement.

Ryan Smyth appears to be ready to call it a career after 19 NHL seasons.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Smyth is ready to announce his retirement and Saturday's contest between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks will be his final game.

The 38-year-old has scored 10 goals and added 13 assists in 70 games with the Oilers this season. He has 386 goals and 842 assists in 1,268 career NHL games with the Oilers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.

There was a scary moment in the game yesterday when MacKinnon was tripped and went flying into a post (GIF and video provided).

The Colorado Avalanche received quite a scare on Thursday night when rookie sensation Nathan MacKinnon took a nasty fall into the goal post after he was tripped by Vancouver's Alex Edler on his way to the net.

There may be no more Shannyban.

Now that he’s going to be holding the scalpel, Brendan Shanahan wants the body to be warm when he begins to dissect the carcass of the latest, lost Maple Leafs season.

That’s why the hockey hall of famer will be in place as the team’s new president by the weekend, returning to his home town to run the beloved but beleaguered hockey club.

The announcement, expected on Friday, will make Shanahan the man Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment boss Tim Leiweke will rely on to return the storied franchise to respectability — and perhaps even another trip to the post-season.

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