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Offseason Flurries: Igor Shvyrev signs his ELC and hockey takes a hiatus

Absolutely nothing is going on but the Avalanche signed a pretty nifty dude

Nothing better than Game Seven hockey, eh?

The excitement from both teams is palpable, the mild nausea visible in the mildly horrified expressions of all the fans in attendance and sitting in bars across North America.

Of course, no good thing comes without a cost, so the price we’re all paying for some sweet, sweet Game Seven action between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators is a whopping two day break from any NHL action at all before the final game of the Conference Semifinals is played out.

Fun times, no?

What is fun, of course, is that NBC Sports has brought the recently-retired Patrick Sharp on as an analyst for the postseason, where he’s automatically one of the best analysts alongside Brian Boucher and AJ Mleczko. And while they’ve slowly brought in competent, sane voices that served as actual students of the game, the network seems to be doing their damndest to see just how ridiculous they can make Jeremy Roenick look before he finally calls it quits:

For the record, he also did this during the lottery:

While nothing was actually happening on Tuesday, though, the Avalanche went out and did a little something by signing 2017 fifth-round pick Igor Shvyrev to an entry-level deal with the club.

At the moment, there’s not much offense to speak of for the Russian-born prospect, but he played center in the KHL as a 19-year-old last year so there’s at least a bit of hope of him panning out in the end. At the very least, he could end up being a great depth prospect in the minors, with decent bottom-six call-up potential - and for the Avs, bolstering that farm system is a must at the moment. [Mile High Hockey]

SPEAKING OF, your good buddies here at MHH did a roundtable discussion to talk about the offseason, what the team should and shouldn’t do, and John Tavares. All very, very fun stuff, if that’s what you’re looking for. [MHH]

Back east, the Toronto Marlies have swept their second-round opponents in short order and are on to the Eastern Conference Final, just four potential wins away from a Calder Cup appearance. [Toronto Sun]

The Carolina Hurricanes also used their extensive, off-the-board search for a new GM and head coach to finally make their selections on Tuesday, bringing in... Rod Brind’amour behind the bench and Don Waddell as general manager.

Wait. Is that how bringing in new blood works? [Twitter]

If you’re still watching the playoffs (what am I saying, of course you are!), here’s your schedule for the conference finals:

And finally, the NHL has announced the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, which you can nominate someone for (and read more about) here in the link provided. [NHL.com]