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Weekend Brunch: A bad night for the Avalanche, a good one for their prospects and our first book review

Joe Sakic might be having cold feet when it comes to shopping Matt Duchene

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was embarrassing. The Colorado Avalanche made their first regular-season visit to Vegas and come home with a 7-0 blowout loss. The game was just bad all around - it’s hard to find any positives to take out of it. If you want to re-live the horror, we have a complete game review here.

Despite the bad loss, this team seems to be having a lot more fun than the 2016-17 incarnation, Matt Nieto spoke about this and the trust he has in his teammates.

It seems like the Matt Duchene trade talk is back in the media. This time TSN’s Darren Dreger spoke about the possibility that Joe Sakic is trying to mend fences and talk Duchene into staying in Denver longterm.

The Prospects

In more happy news, Avalanche 2nd rounder Conor Timmins scored his first goal of the season for the Soo Greyhounds the same night as Cale Makar got his first NCAA goal for UMass.

Speaking of Makar, here is a great piece on the prized prospect from the Boston Herald.

Also, Denis Smirnov scoring his fifth goal in only his 7th game of the season for Penn State.

Mile High Hockey Book Club

Yesterday, our own Cat Silverman gave us a great review of the new book from Craig Custance titled Behind the Bench.

For the book, Custance spoke with Bob Harley and includes a chapter about the 2001 Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche.

Around the NHL

Back in the summer, it looked as though the Carolina Hurricanes were headed towards finally finding a new owner. Now it looks like the potential sale has hit a snag due to financial complications.

Just when it looked like the Anaheim Ducks blueline was starting to get healthy, they lose another piece long term. After hurting his knee last week, it now looks like Cam Fowler could be lost to the team for up to two months.

It seems like Ryan Reeves is fitting in with his new teammates in Pittsburgh rather well. The new Penguin let us in on his Halloween prank on Phil Kessel. Good one Phil.