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Dater’s Daily: Leftover Avalanche Thoughts From NY Trip; Tyson Jost Benched By Wild



Tyson Jost

As I wait for my son to pick me up from DIA, following a no-sleep night and 6:30 a.m. JetBlue flight from New York to Denver, I sit here feeling very tired but grateful. Grateful to be home, grateful that the kid got his butt out of bed and grateful for this ice cold diet coke and Denver omelette to eat while I wait. The flight got in really early, so there’s some time to kill. Let’s do some hockey notes, starting with a couple leftover Avalanche thoughts from the 1-2-0 road trip:

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  • The Avalanche always said other teams would give them their best game, being champions and all. That’s happened some this year. But the Avalanche have uncharacteristically given some leads away this season, with last night’s against the Islanders Exhibit A.
  • I’m not worried, as the cavalry will come at some point. Nichushkin, Helm and, later, Landeskog.
  • The Sam Girard-Bo Byram experiment pairing last night didn’t work. They were a combined minus-6.
  • Looking around the league…
  • Tyson Jost was benched by the Minnesota Wild recently (Hockey Wilderness)
  • In six games with the Wild, Jost has one point (an assist, against the Avalanche) and a minus-5. Jost hasn’t played a game since Oct. 25, in fact.
  • Dallas Hockey Now: The Dallas Stars lose their starting goalie in Jake Oettinger. He has been one of the best goalies in the league so far.
  • Montreal Hockey Now: The Habs may have a new top line in Suzuki and Caufield performing.
  • Boston Hockey Now: David Pastrnak and the Bruins may be far apart on his contract.
  • Philly Hockey Now: Sean Couturier will undergo another back surgery and be out for 3-4 months. That’s a killer loss for the Flyers.
  • Calgary Hockey Now: The Flames have been working hard to make changes.
  • TSN: Former Avalanche goaltender Devan Dubnyk hangs them up and calls it a career. Adieu, Doob.
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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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Aaron Rud

I only wish the Avs had cap room for Pasta.


Do you report is all benched players or just Jost??

Aaron Rud

Pretty clear that the reason it’s being reported on an AVALANCHE site is because Jost is an ex-AVALANCHE. Not hard to figure out.


As a former Avs 1st round pick, Jost remains a relevant topic for Avs fans IMO. I just looked up his stats. As the 10th pick in 2016, he’s currently 9th among his draft peers in games played, but only 29th in points per game (trailing even behind Sam Girard). I wouldn’t be surprised to see him playing in Europe sooner or later. I think the Swiss or German league suits his player type a lot more.


Sooner or later, Bednar is going to have to accept the fact that Newhook isn’t working as a second line center. He’s too small and he gets crushed, a la Sammy, too easily. And you’ve got to roll out four lines otherwise you’ll overextend your stars come playoff time. Speaking of “Le Minnow,” he has to be paired with a more physical defenseman like EJ or Manson. And here we go with “Bednar Potpourri” on line mixing. Bo and Cale worked great together. So, of course, it’s time to mess with what works and ain’t broke. On a positive note,… Read more »

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