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Dater’s Daily: Sakic snubbed again, Eichel trade talk, Saad speculation



Joe Sakic

Good Thursday to you all. It’s about as hot as I can ever remember in Denver – and we’re not even officially into summer yet. Let’s do some hockey notes and links, starting with the yearly snub of Joe Sakic.

Sakic, again, was not a finalist for the GM of the year award. Marc Bergevin (Montreal), Bill Zito (Florida) and Lou Lamoriello (Islanders) are the finalists.

I mean, it’s become something of a farce by now, that Sakic has yet to be a finalist for this award the last few years. I doubt Sakic cares that much, but it’s a joke.

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  • Are the Flyer the “best” destination for disgruntled Buffalo forward Jack Eichel? (Philly Hockey Now}
  • Interesting piece from Sheng Peng where he talks with three NHL scouts about some upcoming NHL free agents, including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and David Krejci among others. (San Jose Hockey Now)
  • Even against the Avs, Vegas has had too many slow starts for their liking. The had another one last night and couldn’t come back this time (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • Why Gerard Gallant got the Rangers job (NY Post)
  • Is Paul Maurice still the man for the job in Winnipeg? (Hockey News)
  • As I noted on Twitter the other day, I’m hearing Erik Johnson will waive his no-move clause so the Avs don’t have to protect him in the expansion draft with Seattle.
  • I’d love to see Brandon Saad re-signed. I thought he added a lot to the team this year. But unless he’s willing to take a bit of a hometown discount – and maybe more than just a bit – I don’t see him coming back.
  • Kevin Allen says the Red Wings don’t have much room for any potential free agents (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • Rod Brind’Amour’s three-year extension today to stay with Carolina takes him out of the running for the Seattle job, something some thought might happen (Seattle Times)
  • I think Rick Tocchet will get the Seattle job, but that’s just my personal hunch, nothing more.
  • Kevin Hodgson wins the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award. (NHL)
  • J.J. Watt on his connection to Cole Caufield and playing hockey growing up. (Sportsnet)
  • My pick for the Islanders-Lightning Game 3 tonight (


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Brett Rainboth

Bergevin deserves it, built a team that matches the coach’s style perfectly. The fact that they have 4 lines they can role with almost equal minutes is so impressive, I don’t remember ever seeing a team able to do that

Roger Hutton

All pro sports are loaded for the east w/exception of Oakland Raiders in the early ’80s. Curt Gowdy was right. We r just hicks or farm teams for eastern or west coast football teams. The Avs better hope Vegas wins it all or more egg will b all over their faces.


In all fairness, Sakic’s record this year is a bit more mixed than before. Toews, Saad – 2 great additions. The trades that happened during the season starting with Ian Cole…probably not so hot!

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The voting for the gm award is done after the second round of the playoffs (no idea why). That means each time the last three years the most recent Avs memory is them losing and I really think that’s a strong factor is Sakic not getting nominated.

The PG

Agree on Saad – I don’t know how Sakic can do it, but re-signing him should be near the top of the list. He lived up to everything that was expected of him and then some, especially after he lost Kadri.

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