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Morning Flurries: Duchene breaks his silence, Avalanche make first cuts, and Joe Sakic reflects on last season

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Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche cut 5 players from training camp today. Hugo Roy, Ben Storm, and others will pack their bags and head home. [MHH]

Matt Duchene broke the silent treatment he has been giving the media at camp today. He says that “a lot got blown out of proportion” and when asked what will happen if a trade does not pan out, he said he is “just going to take things one day at a time.” [BSNDenver]

The Pepsi Center has received brand new LED lighting this offseason. The new system should save as much as half of the amount of energy used by the system before it. [NHL dot com]

General Manager Joe Sakic says that he has learned from his mistakes, such as wrongfully giving older players such as Jerome Iginla and Francois Beauchemin so much ice when there were younger, hungrier players ready to take those positions. We’re getting there folks. [BSNDenver]

Don’t forget, hockey is on today! The first preseason game that pits our Avs against the Vegas Golden Knights will be on Altitude at 7PM MST. Be there or be square!

Rest of the League

Pavel? Is that you? Oh, wait. That’s Nico Hischier!

The Detroit Red Wings are still trying to resolve the contract dispute with restricted free agent Andreas Anthanasiou. They have reportedly offered him a two-year deal worth an AAV of $1.9 million. [Twitter]

Our own Tyson Jost is one of the early candidates to win the Calder Trophy this upcoming season. Check out some of the competition he faces within the Central Division. [MHH]

Mikko Koivu, captain of the Minnesota Wild, has received a two-year contract extension valued at $5.5 million per season. [NHL dot com]