Getting my hype back for NHL as it brings a lot of changes for the Avalanche. Early last year they lost their winger Steve Downie to a season ending injuury. Quite a player to lose in the first three games. A mucker, a rough-tough-mother-fucker that can score and deal a physical presence. Well, in the new season he is back healthy along with a few new and old faces. Colorado stole the top pick from Florida (who had the leagues worst record) to tkae Nathan McKinnon as the number one pick. The center who is called the next player to be close to Sidny Crosby ii skill. He continues the trend of the Avs goal to become great again through drafting sillfull top notch forwards. The old come back as well in the super bald hero of the Avs 2001 Stanley Cup winning team game 7 game winning goal scoring hero, Alex Tanguay. Tanguay will be an older veteran looking to lead the team to the winning philosophy that ran for so long in the Joe SaKic era.
New head coach Patrick Roy looks to give the team new spirit and brings back many winning all stars to the Avs staff. Adam Foote is back as defensive advisor as he waits for his number 52 to join Sacik, Roy, Forseberg and Bourque a the top of the Pepsi center as a retired hero. Joe Sackic will lead the way once again as being in charge of hocey operations. When you put them all together they know how to win and they are ready to guide their team back to victory.
The divisions have changed which is big for the Avalanche. They now face five new division opponents in Blackhawks, Blues, Stars, Jets, and Predators while keeping old rival the Wild as punching bags. The new central division looks very fresh to me. I am excited to play teams closer to Denver. And, the chance for new rivalries is born.
Finally, I would like to give a final fairwell to Detriot. Piss off and enjoy beating on a defenseless Eastern Conference. New Season bring it on!