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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL September 29th, 2014

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A reminder that Downie now plays for the Penguins.

Winger Steve Downie and assistant coach Rick Tocchet came off of the ice and walked together toward the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room after a training camp practice one day this week.

It gave them a chance for a short chat. It must have been like old times.

Pittsburgh signed Downie as a free agent in July, addressing a need for grit and someone to help keep opponents honest when they play against Penguins stars such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Landy and the Boys still have a "long way to go".

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog certainly didn't like the feeling he had as he skated off the ice at Pepsi Center on the final day of April.

The Avalanche had four one-goal leads in Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild but couldn't hold any of them. The game ended 5:02 into overtime on a goal by the Wild's Nino Niederreiter.

The end left a sour taste after what had been an outstanding regular season that saw the Avalanche tie a franchise record with 52 victories, win their first division title since 2003 and make the Stanley Cup Playoffs one season after finishing with the second-fewest points in the NHL.

Landeskog, the team's 21-year-old captain, played well in his first time in the postseason, scoring three goals in seven games, but he had one point in the final five games and was minus-2 in Game 7.

After a longer-than-hoped summer, Landeskog is able to put the loss in its proper perspective. While disappointed with how things ended, that the Avalanche were able to get into the playoffs at all was a pretty big accomplishment.

Iggy is looking good in Avs gear, but still keeping an eye on Calgary.

Sunday night was not the first time Jarome Iginla had lined up at right wing and stared down an opponent in a Calgary Flames jersey.

But even though the former captain was wearing his third No. 12 sweater since the famous trade during the 2012-13 lockout-shortened season, he insisted the emotional attachment would always be there.

And part of him, always, is going to pay attention to what happens with his former club.

“There always will be, there always will be,” Iginla, now a member of the Colorado Avalanche, was saying prior to his new team’s meeting with the Flames. “But this is pre-season. For the city of Calgary and the team ... it’s funny, I used to chat with Staje about it. He always was wondering what the Maple Leafs were doing and I was like, ‘Cut the cord.’ I can understand that now. I’m always interested. I still have friends there in the organization and on the team.”