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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL August 19th, 2014

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Rich Lam

Karlsson is not worried about the Senators making the wrong choice when it comes to picking a Captain.

Erik Karlsson says he'd be glad to take on the added responsibility that comes with being the new captain of the Ottawa Senators.

He'd also be perfectly happy if the team decides to go in another direction.

"Obviously it's something I wouldn't say no to (but) it's not something I'm going to ask for," the star defenceman said Monday. "I think whoever takes that decision is going to make the right one and whether it's me or someone else I think it's going to be good for the team and good for the organization."

Nylander got signed to an entry level contract.Hair stylists and Leafs fans can rejoice at the news William Nylander has signed an NHL entry level contract.

Toronto's first round pick in the 2014 draft, with a flair on the ice and a distinctive blonde mane, agreed to the deal Monday afternoon.

"Not only does William bring a high level of speed and skill to his game, but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," general manager Dave Nonis said in a release. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract."

Hosang still feels the snub.

Josh Ho-Sang enjoyed a fun first day at the BioSteel hockey camp, but the sting of not being invited to Canada's world junior camp this summer still lingers.

In fact, Ho-Sang, drafted 28th overall by the New York Islanders in June, hasn't been part of any of Canada's elite junior teams.

"The fact I haven't been invited to a camp is insulting," Ho-Sang, who led the OHL's Windsor Spitfires in scoring with 85 points this past season, told TSN at St. Mike's Arena on Monday. "I've done nothing to (Hockey Canada) . . . it's not like they invited me to the U-17 or U-18 and I messed up and all that. I haven't been invited back since my first year in the OHL. It's been a year and a half and I haven't been a part of any Hockey Canada stuff."

Too Many Men on the Site gives their take on the Avs.

What should we expect this season?

Under first-year head coach Patrick Roy, the Avalanche surprised a lot of people by winning the tough central division, beating out Stanley Cup favorites like the Blues and Blackhawks on their way.

This season, they won't be surprising anyone.

They'll also be hard-pressed to reverse a trend that saw them outshoot opponents in just 32 of their 82 games. To expect Varlamov, a career .917 netminder, to perform like he did last season for a second year in a row is simply an unrealistic expectation.

Look for the possession numbers and vulnerable defensive game to catch up to the Avs as they slide back down behind the elite of the West. They'll be a bubble playoff team this year, but there's enough talent here that they should be there.