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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - April 15th, 2013

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First up, there are a lot of logistics with having NHL players at the Olympics.

Logistics are the main issue in talks to get NHL participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, René Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, said Friday in New York during a meeting to iron out insurance, travel and other problems.

Prior to the meeting, it was thought the major issue was who would pay for the increased costs (the IIHF paid the insurance for the Vancouver Games). Fasel, apparently, disagrees.

There are a number of players that could go to the Olympics.

The 2014 Winter Olympics run Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia, and Daly has said previously the league would have to take a break of 17 or 18 days to accommodate the Games.

The league has estimated that 170 to 180 of its players would be involved in the Games.

IIHF president Rene Fasel has said he hopes an agreement can be finalized by May.

NHL officials visited Sochi last month. Meetings were also held in February in New York.

The Avs have a lot of very honest players.

Jan Hejda didn’t blink when he found himself open near the blue line late in a tie game.

No, he simply shut his eyes and shot.

After all, isn’t that what all the goal scorers do?

The Colorado defenceman scored his first goal of the season — not that he even got to see it — with 7.6 seconds remaining to help the Avalanche rally for a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

“Simple — closed my eyes and shot,” Hejda said.

An update on an Avalanche draft pick.

“I’m definitely a defensive defenseman, a stay-at-home guy,” said Young. “I usually play one of the top two lines of the other team, try to shut them down. I like to start offense by moving the puck from my own zone. As the season went on, I started becoming a little more comfortable jumping up into the play more.”

And on the game’s turning point play, that he did. But Young’s instinctive move was, in fact, the second of two pivotal plays made by the Colorado Avalanche draft pick on Saturday night. The first was quieter – but just as important. Young’s name was called by Yale coach Keith Allain when the Bulldogs found themselves with a five-on-three power play to kill, with 8:35 left in the second period.