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Colorado Avalanche: News From Around the NHL October 6th, 2014

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Peter Budaj is heading to Winnipeg.

The Montreal Canadiens have traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for forward Eric Tangradi.

By dealing Budaj, the Canadiens opted to keep Dustin Tokarski as Carey Price's backup after the 25-year-old played well in last year's Eastern Conference final.

Mark Donnelly attempted to sign Oh Canada while wearing hockey skates...

We've seen anthem singers take spills before, but Mark Donnelly tripping over a red carpet while on skates may take the cake.

Many hockey fans know Donnelly for his inspired renditions of O Canada at home games for the Vancouver Canucks.

Well, on Friday night, Donnelly provided us with a moment that may overshadow his singing.

Connor McDavid wears a Don Cherry inspired outfit.

In NHL dressing rooms, it’s common for teams to acknowledge a player for a strong performance by making him wear a hard hat (Washington Capitals), a fedora (New York Rangers) or even hold a shovel (Pittsburgh Penguins). But the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters may have redefined this common practice with a one-of-a-kind suit.

It’s called the Super Player of the Game suit and top NHL prospect Connor McDavid had the honour of wearing the comic book inspired men’s wear after Erie won their home opener against the Sarnia Sting 7-3.

Duchene talks highly of Roy.

Matt Duchene gets approached all the time by curious NHL players who want the lowdown on his passionate coach.

They always ask the Colorado Avalanche forward the same thing, too: What’s the story with Patrick Roy? Is he really that fiery? Is he difficult to play for?

“He’s portrayed as this emotional, crazy (person),” Duchene said. “He couldn’t be any more opposite.”

At times, Roy is fiery. But he’s also innovative and definitely in tune with his youthful team as he celebrates his 49th birthday this weekend.

The Avalanche tied a franchise record last season with 52 wins and returned to the post-season for the first time since 2010. And it wasn’t with Roy barking orders in his first year behind the bench but by him simply telling them they were in this together.

They’ve bought in and now fully believe in the Hall of Fame goaltender nicknamed “Saint Patrick.”

“He treats us with so much respect,” Duchene said. “He practices what he preaches in terms of partnership. When he talks about that partnership, he’s lived up to every word of that.”