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Avalanche Mailbag: Is Evan Rodrigues The Next 2C? Do Players Get Their Own Rooms On Road?



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Haven’t done a Colorado Avalanche Mailbag in a while, so let’s do one now. First question, about newly-acquired Evan Rodrigues:

I think ERod will be the new 2C. At least, I expect him to be given the best chance at getting it and keeping it.

He’s coming off a 19-goal, 43-point season. He’s at an age (29) where his experience should be an asset for the next year, especially over a youngster like Newhook. There will be injuries and Jared Bednar has certainly been known to mix up his lines a fair bit, but I think the point of getting Rodrigues was to better fill that 2C spot vacated by Nazem Kadri. I also think it’s just a better thing if guys like Mikko Rantanen and Gabe Landeskog play their natural wing positions.

Well, I won’t use the word “weirdest”, but maybe most eclectic or unique personality? Greg Zanon, I recall, was a bit of a different bird. He once screamed at a fellow media member for stepping on the Avalanche logo in the dressing room. That didn’t go down too well. (It wasn’t me).

I remember Dean McAmmond being an interesting interview. He was a deeper thinker than your average player probably. He had a routine with his skates that was different too. They had to stand up on their own before he could finish his locker-room routine, or something like that.

Claude Lemieux used to sit and read the stock market charts with a real newspaper in the locker room.

I had a funny interview with Patrick Roy when he first came to the Avalanche in 1995, but the laughs were at my expense. One of his idols was Jacques Plante, the first goalie to ever wear a mask. I asked him if he still talked to Plante for advice or whatever. Roy looked at me like I had two heads. Jacques Plante left us in 1986.


Man, was I ticked off by that ending the other night, just like the rest of you. I may or may not have had a wager on the game. Let Russ cook, dammit!

Most players get their own rooms on the road now. Only players on their entry-level contracts have to have a roommate. But if they are the only guy on the team on an entry-level deal? I believe they get their own room too.

It used to be that the only players who got their own rooms were ones with 600 games (or 10 years) experience. That got revised down to any player out of their entry-level deal. Roommates in hockey were a long, proud tradition. Even in the Avalanche glory days of 1996 and 2001, everybody had a roommate. Adam Foote and Patrick Roy were longtime roommates. Joe Sakic roomed with Chris Drury. (Sakic also roomed with the late, great Guy Lafleur when they played in Quebec).

Hmmm. Tough, especially with no Kiss. But I’d probably say “Magical Mystery Tour” by the Beatles.

Good question, and that’s something I’ve been thinking about as well. I think it’s human nature to just get a little more complacent after a championship. They used to call that the Cup Hangover. I don’t think anybody like Nathan MacKinnon or Gabe Landeskog is ever going to get “complacent.” But maybe they’ll consciously or sub-consciously try to pace themselves a bit more, especially after such a short summer.

Let’s get real: the playoffs are what it’s all about, not the regular season. Remember when we all got a bit worried when Florida won best record in the NHL regular season, thanks to some Colorado Avalanche stumbling down the stretch? The Presidents’ Trophy Jinx struck again.

I think players are smart, and if they feel like they’re burning themselves out too much on a thing like the Presidents Trophy, they’ll dial it back. Because, it’s all about who wins that last game.

Good questions. Best coach would be Andrew Cogliano I think. Best GM? Gabe Landeskog.

Three Colorado Avalanche, current or past, over for dinner? Patrick Roy, Peter Forsberg and Landeskog.

Hart Trophy winner, no question.


Thanks for the questions people.

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