There won’t be much Colorado Avalanche news in the next couple of days, as the team settles into Finland for the Global Series games with Columbus. Next game isn’t all the way til Friday. So, I thought it would be a good time to catch up on now some top Avalanche prospects are faring, not to mention some updates on the Eagles and DU hockey.
But first, a little wrap-up from the week-long trip to NY/NJ that just concluded. Let me just say, first off, that I did, indeed, lose a couple of things on the trip – just like I said I would, and that if anybody guessed correctly, I’d send a copy of “Blood Feud” to them. I don’t think anybody guessed it correctly, but what I lost were: A nice pair of dress slacks and a towel that I use to put under my lower back when sitting on a plane or arena seats.
I think I left the slacks in my Best Western hotel room in Monmouth County, N.J., where I stayed for two nights while covering the Avs-Rangers game. I didn’t pack all that much to begin with (I pack very light, never, ever checking a bag. My opinion on checking bags with airlines is: Go for it, if your idea of wasting money and time is your thing) but somehow I left the damn slacks in the room. So dumb. The towel? I left that on the JetBlue plane that flew from LaGuardia to DIA at 6:39 a.m. yesterday. I must have knocked it off my seats while sleeping vertically in the whole row for most of the flight. It was a very light passenger list for the flight, so most of us al had rows to ourselves, which was JetBlue’s loss and our gain. I was able to squeeze my 6-foot-6, 245-pound body across the seats and actually slept most of the flight.
Again, I want to thank those who gave to the Avs Travel Tip Jar for the trip. I stayed in cheap hotels for three of the six nights on the road. Two others, I stayed with my pal Chris in N.H., and on the last night, I stayed up through the night. The Avalanche-Islanders game got over at about 10:30 p.m., and I got out of the UBS Center at about 11:30 (it’s a nice building, by the way, and the media meal was free – pork loin, salad and roasted squash). I then parked myself at a cool bar and grill in Hempstead, ate some more food and had one cold one, then tried to nap in the car from 2 to 3 a.m., which wasn’t so successful. From there, I drove the rental car back to LaGuardia, dropped it off at about 4 a.m. and trudged to the JetBlue gate.
OK, on to some prospects, Eagles and DU updates: