Happy TGIF. Friday has always been my favorite day of the week. Everybody is just in a better mood usually.
Some links, thoughts, kibbitzing, etc., etc. etc. These stories are always unlocked and free.
- Don’t forget, tonight at 6 p.m., players from Avs development camp will take part in a 3-on-3 intrasquad scrimmage at the EPIC Center in Fort Collins. It’ll be at the “Blue” rink. The game is free and open to the public.
- Good stuff from the Avs’ website about players’ visit to Red Rocks yesterday.
- Anders Lee, a very good player who could be available July 1, seems very torn about maybe leaving the Islanders. A quote from the piece, from Lee: ““The process hasn’t … I haven’t enjoyed it, but it is what it is.”
- I don’t have confirmation, but I do believe the Avs have been in touch with Lee’s agent, Neil Sheehy.
- Gabe Landeskog played in a charity golf tourney in Toronto and NHL.com did a story on him. From the piece, Landy said: “(My career) been up and down, with the low being the 2016-17 season (when Colorado was last in the NHL with 48 points),” Landeskog said. “But it really makes you appreciate all the good times afterward. You go through something like that and then the excitement of making the playoffs the next year and then last year we felt like we could have really done some damage. As a journey, we know we know it’s going to be hard at times and then sometimes it will come easier. But we’ll never be satisfied until we win that last game of the year.”
- Five things I’ve come to discover and like in recent days/weeks:
- Phish. Been listening a lot on Sirius XM to their channel. You’d have thought a native of Vermont would have discovered them a lot earlier, but no. Very creative arrangements to their music.
- The soft chile rellanos at Santiago’s, and the fact that you can get them in a drive-through lane.
- An app called “Sleep Cycle.”
- “The Hills: New Beginnings” – always been a sucker for a few reality shows, and this is one. Don’t @ me.
- A site called Cameo. You can buy little video clips of celebrities giving shout outs to friends or family of yours. I spent $100 a few months ago buying my wife a shoutout from Vicki of “Real Housewives of Orange County.” Don’t @me.
- Alex Beaucage, drafted 78th overall by the Avs, has a father, Marc, who played professional hockey. In fact, he played as recently as five years ago.
- I talked to Beaucage the other day and he’s thrilled to be an Av: “I was really happy when it was Colorado. My family are also really excited to come here,” he said.
Any Colorado Hockey Now subscribers in Fort Collins tonight, stop and say hi so I can give you a thank you in person.