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Dater’s Daily: Gretzky card sells for $3.75 million, Avs get next opponent tonight



Happy Friday to all. The Avs have another practice scheduled for this morning at Ball Arena, and Colorado Hockey Now will be there. Alex Newhook hasn’t been on the ice with the fellas the last couple days, so I would say today is a big day for him, if he is to start the next round on time.

Let’s do some hockey links:

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  • The Avs will find out their next opponent tonight. Minnesota at Vegas, Game 7. It’s a tough one to call, but I always like the home team in a Game 7. That said, the Golden Knights suddenly have some Covid issues (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
  • We did a 90-minute show at the 104.3 The Fan studios yesterday, talking Avs. Here’s a link to the show (104.3 The Fan)
  • With Game 1 starting Sunday at 6, everybody wants to know: when will Game 2 be? The Nuggets currently have Ball Arena on Tuesday night for Game 5 against Portland. I have no idea what day they’ll choose, but I would guess it’ll be Wednesday. Vegas/Minnesota would have to play three games in four nights if they played Game 2 on Monday. That would seem a bit cruel (snicker, snicker).
  • A Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card sold for….$3.75 million. Holy moly. (ESPN)
  • Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Sidney Crosby says he won’t play GM. The Penguins’ future is in the hands of others. 
  • Did Taylor Hall “force” his trade to the Boston Bruins (No, but he really wanted it) and get set for Round Two between the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders from the Boston side. 
  • On Thursday, John Tavares surprised everyone and gave the Leafs a huge emotional boost by skating before practice.
  • With their series-clinching win in Game 6 on Wednesday, the New York Islanders clinched their first series on home ice since they clinched the first-round series with the Washington Capitals in six games in the first round of the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (NYI Hockey Now)
  • GM Doug Armstrong says Blues’ Cup window still open. (TSN)
  • The Wild are 3-0 in Game 7s on the road in their history. And, uh, two of them happened in Denver (Startribune)
  • The Golden Knights are -176 favorites to win outright tonight (SuperBook Colorado)
  • Five potential trade destinations for Evgeny Kuznetsov (Hockey News)
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Great update AD – Barry Trotz. Enough said. That series should be fierce. Lots of ties to previous debate over Avs’ roster decisions (Tavares, Hall, et al). Wild winning game 7s in Denver – the 2003 end of St. Patrick’s career worse? The 1998 loss actually seemed to be a blessing in disguise in spurring necessary changes. Hopefully, as you observed in earlier column, the Avs don’t care who the next opponent is…

Karl Keen

Dater: Just wondering what the moderation rules are for comments on your site? Can users cuss? Can users post random, unrelated thoughts on here? Can users post pornography on here? Messages from Q? Can users threaten other users? Can users make blatant racist or anti-sematic comments on here? If we disagree with your game or player assessment, do we get labeled as a “phony” COLHOCKEYNOW subscriber? I just want to make sure we OBEY your rules on your website unless there are not any rules? Since you have your own website, how about you spend less time quipping on twitter… Read more »

Joel Stefaniak

I’ve not seen anything like you mentioned above before. Can’t we just talk about hockey and not conspiracy theories?

Karl Keen

I would love to and that’s all I do if you look at my previous posts on here. Just tired of looking at Dater’s twitter for AVS UPDATES and seeing him having teenage level arguments with people who disagree with some of his posts including calling some of his followers “phony” for disagreeing with him.


Dater made a stink on twitter about how they should stop testing players. He’s wrong, but instead of inviting discussion about it, he just can’t help himself from doubling down. He’s definitely gotten a lot better about stuff like that than he used to be, and I like when he gets a little confrontational, but he’s better when he thinks about something thoughtfully first. If Jayson Megna gets someone sick, who then gets a family member sick and that person suffers severe complications or god forbid–dies, then the argument that we shouldn’t be doing this anymore is just REALLY stupid… Read more »

Karl Keen

Thank you for understanding why I posted what I did. He has a website, he could write a thoughtful opinion on why the testing should stop, but would rather make a quip and then put down those that disagree. I am not on twitter so I cannot respond there. He re-tweets those that disagree singling them out and saying that he doesn’t have to “obey” them. One of my points is that neither he or any of us probably want the comment section on here to devolve or be about anything other than hockey. So there has to be some… Read more »


How about not taking a dump where you consume hockey news.

Karl Keen

Dater, I appreciate the response. For me, it wasn’t even about the statement itself or whether I agreed or disagreed, it was about putting down or singling out those that has counter arguments for really no reason. For me and I think most of the fans, you represent the Avs. When I think of MN, I think of Michael Russo (keep messing with him btw) and some of the things you say on twitter, whether it should or not, becomes a representation of all of the Avs fan base. Again, I would welcome an article on here on why the… Read more »

Nat Green

I was living in Toronto in 1986. For my birthday my sister wanted to buy me a baseball (George Bell rookie card) or hockey card (Wayne Gretzky O’Peechee rookie). She choose the George Bell card…..needless to say, every year on my birthday, we still joke about it. The Gretzky card cost $30 at the time. George Bell’s was $10.

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