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Dater’s Daily: Does Anton Blidh Have Job Sewn Up With Colorado Avalanche?; NHL News And Notes

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A good Thursday to all. Go Broncos, beat the Colts. Or, as I always called them in the heated days of the rivalry between the Colts and Patriots, the “Dolts.” True fact: I covered the 2003 AFC Championship game in Foxboro between the Patriots and Colts at the old newspaper I once worked for. I tried not to cheer in the press box after the Pats wiped the field with the Dolts. … But this is a hockey site, devoted to covering the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, so let’s do some links, notes and other flotsam and jetsam:

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  • As I said last night, it sure sounds like Anton Blidh has made the Colorado Avalanche opening-night roster. (His last name, by the way, is pronounced: “Bleed.”)
  • He’s the new Nicolas Aube-Kubel, it sounds like. Jared Bednar seems to like that he “knows his identity”, i.e. a banger on the forecheck and good defensively. Blidh is probably helped, too, by the fact he has 70 games of NHL experience, all with Boston.
  • It still seems like Martin Kaut, one of the competitors for a forward job, is having trouble finding that identity, at least at the NHL level. He’s trying to have the mentality of a fourth-line grinder, but the fact is he’s a former first-round pick who was always a goal-scorer. That’s a tough transition to make.
  • Bednar said Sunday is the final cut-down day for the team. We may get the final cuts sooner than that.
  • Looking around the league…do you realize that there actually is an NHL regular-season game tomorrow? It’s in Prague, at noon mountain time, between the Sharks and Predators, in a Global Series game.
  • I’m excited to welcome Pat Salvas to the CHN team. He’ll be doing columns of every stripe moving forward, with an emphasis on kind of a “voice of the fan” type of thing. He’s a good, funny writer. He lives in New Hampshire, but watches every game and is a massive Avs fan. He flew out from N.H. to Denver for the Cup parade and penned this piece.
  • Major news out of Canada: Tim Horton’s dropped its sponsorship of men’s hockey, over ongoing sexual abuse scandals (CBC)
  • Bad news in Washington about one of the Capitals’ best players (Washington Hockey Now)
  • Michael Del Zotto continues his tour of just about every NHL team (Florida Hockey Now)
  • Bob Duff with five observations on the Red Wings as their season approaches (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • Montreal’s top five defensive prospects (Montreal Hockey Now)
  • How the Jason Robertson deal got done in Dallas (Dallas Hockey Now)
  • The perspective from Big D on last night’s loss to the Avalanche (Dallas Hockey Now)
  • The Flames haven’t looked too good so far in the preseason (Calgary Hockey Now)
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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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Ted Grycel

Good stuff ! I’m ready !!

Aaron Rud

Bednar seems to like Blidh a lot.

Brennan Vogt

The thing I keep hearing from coach is that he is “loud”. You have to be “loud” to be on that 4th line. He is certainly do that, where players like Kaut unfortunately are not

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