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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - October 21st, 2013

Jen Fuller

Nathan MacKinnon is looking forward to playing against Crosby.

They share the same hometown, went to the same prep school, starred in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, play the same position and were the first players selected in their respective NHL Drafts.

So it should hardly come as a surprise that Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon has been drawing comparisons to Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby for much of his life.

Monday night, they'll face each other in an NHL game for the first time when the teams play at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2, ROOT).

"It's going to be fun," MacKinnon told "It's pretty cool. He's the best player in the world and they have a great team. It should be fun and a big challenge for us."

Martin Biron has retired.

Goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement at the age of 36 on Sunday, after playing parts of 16 NHL seasons.

The New York Rangers put Biron on waivers last week, at which time he said he needed to talk to his family and friends and consider his options. Biron was assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack on Tuesday, but he did not report.

CBC has an article that discusses why it's so difficult for teams to repeat as Champions.

But since the implementation of the salary cap prior to the 2005-06 season, there have been seven different winners in eight years. The Blackhawks have been the only double winners in 2009-10 and 2013.

"You can't keep your team together," Bowman said. "The Los Angeles Kings managed to do it. But they still didn't win.

"When you win, you have players you have to re-sign. Most of those players deserve a raise. You can't keep everybody. If you lose a couple key players the cupboard gets bare."

But, Bowman says, it doesn't stop there.

"Teams are stronger," he said. "At least, there are more teams capable of winning. It just seems that teams have more younger players who make an immediate impact. There is more emphasis than ever on developing players and they make a bigger impact quicker than ever."