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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - February 26th, 2014

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Trade talk and post-Olympic analysis top the news board today.

Paul Bereswill

There's been chit chat about PA Parenteau and his attitude about the Avalanche. Wonder no more.

"I love it here. I want to stay here. You don’t want to leave a place you love, and you don’t want to leave a really good team too, which is what we have here. So, I know this is a really big chance for me now, and I’m planning on making it happen."

The Olympics had some good moments and some bad ones. SBN takes a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Sochi.

USA vs. Canada for gold

It probably depends on which side of the border you reside on as to whether or not this is a "good" or a "bad" memory from the Olympics, but this was probably the best hockey game (men's or women's) of the entire tournament.

TSN takes a stab at the trade climate. Not surprisingly, there isn't much to say about the Avs.

The Plan: It's been a great turnaround season for the Avs, but if they are seriously going to compete with the best in the West, they could really use a top-tier defenceman, which is never easy to acquire, let alone trying to do it in-season.

Sports Illustrated contemplates the takeaways from Sochi, bringing up, among other things, an interesting point about adding an age restriction of 23 to the 2018 Oympics.

Interesting … but any plan that sees players go overseas while games go on is a nonstarter. Imagine a team that’s in the playoff chase — the Avalanche, for example — being asked to battle veteran-heavy squads like the Blackhawks or the Sharks without Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon in the lineup … and then imagine Colorado trying to sell tickets without those top gate attractions. It won’t work.