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Morning Flurries: Colorado Avalanche get back into the win column and could Drew Doughty be an Av next season.

The gold medal defenceman is rumored to test free agency next year and we have the cap space.

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Avalanche News

It feels good to win again, doesn’t it? The Colorado Avalanche won their first game in two weeks beating the Dallas Stars 5-3 on the strength of Matt Nieto’s first career hat trick. The first line got dominated while Zadorov and Barrie got demolished from a shot-differential standpoint, but the team still won. That’s a testament to the new found depth of the team - oh and just how good is Semyon Varlamov? Here is a full recap of the game.

Pension Plan Puppets (SBN Toronto Maple Leafs) decided to tackle the best and worst jerseys in the current NHL. I can smell the homerism from 1,500 miles away and it stinks. They can’t even tell the difference between burgundy and maroon, yeesh! [PPP]

ICYMI: Yesterday was a milestone for the Colorado Avalanche and their longtime hall of fame goaltender. On October 24, 2002, Patrick Roy became the NHL’s all-time leader in games played by a goaltender. Stick taps to you, Paddy.

Mile High Hockey was able to chat with season ticket holder Grant Beery about his special moment the other night at the Avs/Blues games and what it means to be a long time Avalanche fan. [MHH]

If you’re not already tired of Duchene trade talks, our very own Eric Sylvester wrote an article for The Hockey Writers discussing just that. [The Hockey Writers]

The Avalanche held a Meet the Team Party at Top Golf on Monday night for season ticket holders. Did the players really need shirts with their names on them?

Other Hockey News

Antti Niemi has not had a great start to the season...

...maybe the beach and some Florida sun will help him get back on track. [ProHockeyTalk]

Jaromir Jagr only played in 5 games for the Calgary Flames before a lower body injury has put him on IR. Get well soon Jags! [SBNation]

Drew Doughty could test free agency next year. Would you like to see him in an Avs sweater? That’s a rhetorical question people. [Sportsnet]

Our first trip to Vegas is on Friday night and the Golden Knights will be with 2 goaltenders that started the year with their AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves. [ProHockeyTalk]