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Jared Bednar: Avs victim of “self-inflicted wounds”

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Jared Bednar

Jared Bednar usually doesn’t spare the rod, at least when it comes to criticizing his team’s work ethic. If it’s not there, he says it. And so, he said it after Sunday’s miserable 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the team’s fourth straight overall. With one week to go in the regular season, this does not sound like a coach of a Western Conference-leading team.

“Those are self-inflicted wounds. There are multiple other options besides turning it over into the middle of the ice,” Bednar said.  “We worked in spurts but not like you have to work, like the game requires, like the opponent requires. Details weren’t great and execution was poor.”

As road trips go, this one was equivalent to the Griswolds’ family vacation. 

“I just don’t think the effort was there,” said J.T. Compher, “Guys are trying but overall we are much better than that as a group. We know that’s not good enough.”

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The common theme seems to be slow starts, lack of energy and no one “willing” this team out of the slump. The Avs were outshot 44 – 31 and never really had sustained pressure in the game. Costly turnovers were another key factor as well, especially on their own power play. Winnipeg had, by far, more scoring chances than the Avs when Colorado was on the PP.

Let’s hope being back home for a few days will bring better results, on and off the ice. Avs didn’t practice Monday, so health updates will have to wait ’til Tuesday. The Avs can’t just sit around and wait for Superman(men) to come and rescue them. The guys still on hand need to be part of the solution too. 

 

  • Josh Manson, Bednar said, couldn’t play in the third period because his elbow “locked up” on him. He had the problem fixed with three minutes to go and could have come back in, but the game was over by then. Bednar said Manson has had the issue before.
  • Mikko Rantanen missed a third straight game with a non-Covid illness. He flew back to Denver on Saturday. 
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Aaron Rud

Yeah, the self-inflicted wounds also come from Bednar. Lackadaisical approach by him has led to players being complacent.

Jason Bednar

You must have a source for this comment. You’re suggesting there has been no players meetings, one on one meetings, video breakdown and prep meetings have ended etc…..do tell.

Casey Pond

Where did you infer the suggestion you made? I don’t.

Glendon Gulliver

No sources are necessary. Winning and losing is a team effort. When the team wins, everyone gets credit and when they lose, everyone gets blame. If the team is victim of “self-inflicted wounds” then that includes the coaching staff.

Aaron Rud

I liked your comment because it’s snarky, much like me. I think it’s pretty obvious that it’s not being taken incredibly seriously in the won-loss record, AND in the effort applied during games. Losing is one thing; losing without solid effort is another. Let’s use some logic. They sit Toews. Is he hurt that bad? Nope. Coach admitted that he could play if they were in the playoffs. They didn’t sit him a game or 2, but 4! Furthermore, this crap performance(s) have come after they wrapped up the West. That’s just obvious. That’s on leadership. They need Landeskog. He’s… Read more »

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Glendon Gulliver

They do need Landeskog, Toews, and Rantanen. Besides the leadership they bring, with them out, the team has to rob players from the other lines and the team cohesiveness and defense suffers.

Glendon Gulliver

I think there are definitely questions about Rantanen’s illness and whether he plays tonight. Will Toews play tonight or was his injury worse than precautionary? Lastly, will Landeskog return before the playoffs. Sakic made the bet that he would and did not put him on injured reserve. This hampered what he could do at the trade deadline. All of the trades were made for mostly defensive purposes, instead of getting someone who could be that added offensive threat, especially if someone gets injured.

Casey Pond

Haha yes Sakic did not want the ire of the league minus the LTIR cheaters live Vegas. Florida was within their right to express that they were beaten by the Lightening who were $18,000,000 over the cap (playoffs).

Glendon Gulliver

Well this clears up some of the injury questions, but continues the ones about Rantanen and Landeskog. https://coloradohockeynow.com/2022/04/26/colorado-avalanche-injury-blues/

Jason Bednar

Apologies Aaron. The losing streak made me a little cranky, glad its over with.

Ricardo

It doesn’t seem to me that our late-season acquisitions have lived up to expectations so far.

dk

If you mean Manson and Sturm, I agree. Lehky and Cogs are doing what they’re supposed to.

Casey Pond

Cogliano has been horrid. Fast yes, generating scoring chances no, turnovers leading to critical goals, yes.

Glendon Gulliver

Half of the acquisitions have not played in the position they were brought in to play. Lehkonen was brought in to play on the 3rd line and Sturm on the 4th. Both have been asked to play a role they are not accustomed to. Lehkonen has the talent to be on the 2nd line and has filled in well. His scoring rate would put him right behind Nichushkin and ahead of Newhook and Compher on the team. Sturm was brought in to center the 4th line and add a physical presence to the line. He was not brought in to… Read more »

Karl Keen

Good analysis Glendon.

Christopher Nearing

Does anyone know exactly what type of knee issue Landy is recovering from? With a week to go until the playoffs start, when is he going to be back?

Casey Pond

He had a scope procedure as reported many times. He is skating which has been reported many times. He could play this week, since Bednar claims he is on-track and on-track meant game action before the playoffs begin.

John Mauss

Sounds like arthroscopic surgery.

phrish

And the Colorado Avalanche simpers into the playoffs with the sound of an old man getting up off the couch…

Casey Pond

haha indeed.

John Mauss

Now there is a comment a lot of us are qualified to make!

Ziggy

Rantanen flew back from what city on Saturday? Winnipeg?
Btw, I like the Avs, but they’re too young, especially their defensemen, and they won’t win the Cup this year.

Casey Pond

Um, duh, Edmonton. Do the math!

Casey Pond

Bednar is a minor league coach at best. He has not provided solutions to the Avs woes when they arise. Bednar offered no solutions during the last three playoff appearances which ulimatley ended in failure. Bednar is a players coach and refuses to rattle their cage.

Why Sakic extended him is unknown and quite ridicuous. The team and the coaching staff should have been under pressure to win for Bednar or else.

Tisk, tisk.

Last edited 2 months ago by Casey Pond
dk

Welcome back Donny V…

Karl Keen

The collision of the team knowing they had locked up first place with the fact that Landy is not on the trip providing his leadership came to a collision on that road trip. It shows how important it is to have Landy back — at least leadership wise ( I think). I mean we did lose 4 straight to Vegas last year without much fight.

Bob Neal

Has anyone of knowledge said anything definitive about Toews status? Some say he is resting, some say he is hurt. If he is resting Bedsie better get him back to playing. If he is hurt we better hope it is minor if this team hopes to go far into the playoffs.

Ziggy

I’ve registered my father recently diagnosed with Alzheimer in a fantasy pool and I was about to make him the surprise of a 1st position, but thanks Rantanen, you’ve scrapped it with your “illness”!

Demetris Gray

Speaking of yet another self inflicted wound. The insane one gaffs again! NHL Commissioner Gary Batman!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxLyKL_G2Bc

dk

Take your bullshit politics somewhere else. This is a hockey site.

Bob Neal

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