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Morning Flurries: The season begins

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NHL: Preseason-Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche won’t officially kick off the 2018-19 until Thursday evening, when they host the Wild in what they’ll hope is a successful start to the new year.

That means that today, the Avs will sit idle come evening - but despite their empty schedule on Opening Night, it’s still a great day. At long last, after months of having to watch Johnny Football fail in the CFL and Earl Thomas wage war against Seattle, hockey is BACK.

A lot has happened in the last few days - so while we kept the schedule clear for some housekeeping pieces yesterday, we’ll try to keep all of our link-sharing brief and to the point here.

For starters, the Avalanche have officially set their opening night roster. Check it out, and all that entails, right here. [Mile High Hockey]

Want to know what the staff thinks about the upcoming season? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our opening week roundtable, for your perusal. [MHH]

In lighter news, we’ve made some ridiculous Western Conference predictions. The most ridiculous part, though? You can see each and every one of them happening - no, really. [MHH]

In some prospect-related news, our Colorado Eagles writer, Doug Mellon, has already been on top of things like you won’t even believe. Check out this look at how the Eagles have shifted their focus to the upcoming year. [MHH]

Speaking of prospects, here’s the league’s farm report for the Avs. []

Oh, and in some fun news:

By the way: we got lots of love from the awesome #AvsFam last year, and we’re always down to return the favor. If you haven’t found a way to show your team spirit this year, we highly recommend checking out their store, including these dope stickers that represent every country on the team. [Avs Fam]

In some league-wide news:

The NHL has confirmed that there’s going to be another team coming - and no, it’s not going to be in Quebec. With Seattle all but given the ok to begin building their franchise, here’s a look at how they’ll get a chance to create the perfect rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks. [Daily Hive]

Speaking of the Canucks... they suck. No, seriously. They BAD. Here’s a look at why they may very well be the worst team that franchise has ever iced. It’s hilarious, but also very sad for their fans. Maybe next time the team almost wins a Stanley Cup, they won’t riot and burn down their own city? Bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy there. [Vancouver Courier]

Seriously, their own former players can’t even believe what’s going on there:

The Arizona Coyotes have yet another set of incredible pads to boast, by the way:

As the season begins, it may be time for the LA Kings to panic. [Jewels From The Crown]

Oh, and Corey Crawford? Yeah, he may be back. [Second City Hockey]

For some season previews:

NHL on NBC has given us what they think is going to happen this year: the good, the bad, and the ugly. [ProHockeyTalk]

For subscribers, The Athletic broke down who they thought will win what (spoiler: I had Tyson Jost as my breakout player, making me... the only person who said that. But since three people voted for Mitch Marner and one for Clayton Keller, I don’t think people quite understood the point of the exercise.) [The Athletic NHL]

Outside of hockey, it appears preseason really is the preseason for people’s brains:

Finally, this is neat! Healthcare is awesome, and I hope you all have it.