The Colorado Avalanche lost 2-1 to the Dallas Stars last night in preseason, but it wasn’t without its good moments.
“The Avs had a much better start than last game and put on a lot of pressure but 2018 first-round pick Jake Oettinger was great during his two periods in net for the Stars.” [Mile High Hockey]
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare got his first goal in an Avalanche uniform:
Welcome to (preseason) Pepsi Center, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/iVLLFMVwPZ— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) September 20, 2019
It’s evident that Samuel Girard’s and Cale Makar’s living situation has only helped their chemistry (and also why Girard named his dog ‘tornade’):
OOPS#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/hcReHmS9Jd— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) September 20, 2019
Most notable takeaways from Jared Bednar’s postgame:— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) September 20, 2019
-Says he liked all four lines
-Thought top line was still feeling things out and there were times they got too cute for his liking.
-No cuts are coming
-Noted he saw improvements from Bowen Byram and Martin Kaut. #Avs
Fan at the #Avs game holding up a sign that reads, "Make Hockey TV Free Again."— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) September 20, 2019
OK, then ...
So, how are the Rantanen negotiations going? Well, it could be better.
#Avs made a long-term contract offer to Mikko Rantanen earlier this month, per our @PierreVLeBrun— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) September 19, 2019
Pierre reports the Avs are not going to pay Marner money. https://t.co/tpwRhtSrOM
Elliotte Friedman provided some further context in his weekly 31 Thoughts column:
‘In the radio interview, Liut brought up Mitch Marner’s extension — specifically in reference to another client, Mikko Rantanen of Colorado. That signing has played out as expected, with players/agents using it to increase/justify their asks and teams replying with, “That’s Toronto’s situation, and it does not affect what we will do.”’ [Sportsnet.ca]
Rantanen spoke to a Finnish website about the stalemate:
[Translated from Finnish] ‘Rantanen admitted that the situation is difficult, because at this stage it would be good to get down to practice games. There are also game-like exercises, but the intensity of the match is difficult to simulate. “This is the first time I’m not in camp. But you have to live with it. So far, I have adapted pretty well.”’ [MTV Uutiset]
The Ottawa Senators extended Thomas Chabot:
News Release: #Sens sign defenceman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year contract extension: https://t.co/JpyJK7Pqfo— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 19, 2019
Communiqué : Les Sénateurs accordent une prolongation de contrat de huit ans au défenseur Thomas Chabot : https://t.co/DLvOGAeFGQ pic.twitter.com/a9rwXLH6qq
And yes, it’s still the preseason:
It's the preseason for all of us... even rookie ref Dan Kelly, who called a penalty against Tampa during Panthers/Habs: pic.twitter.com/rESKLpk7YK— Scouting The Refs (@ScoutingTheRefs) September 20, 2019