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    Stretch run for Avs about respect

    As it was on the ice for practice Monday, the Avalanche was 11 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    In the wake of its 5-1 victory at Chicago on Sunday, Colorado had 16 games remaining, including tonight's home game against the Atlanta Thrashers.

    Any way you crunch the numbers, the postseason seems an impossible dream for the Avs, short of anything approaching a 16-0-0 run.

    Colorado not only would have to make up considerable ground, it would have to pass at least seven teams in the conference standings, a task rendered even more difficult because of many games remaining between the contenders for the final spots.

    Somebody has to win those games, and it's a safe assumption that some of them will be tied at the end of regulation and end up "three-point" games two for the winners, one for the losers.

    So what can the Avalanche hope to accomplish? That question is posed not as a marketing issue for the Kroenke Sports Enterprises operation, hoping to sell season tickets for next season, but as a hockey-only issue for the 2008-09 Avs themselves.

    It comes back to pride, professionalism, at least holding out hope for the equivalent of a meteor strike, and perhaps in some cases saving jobs.

    "Looking at the schedule, we have eight games against our division," winger Ryan Smyth said. "That's 16 points, and it's a start. Mathematically, there's a chance. We can't look past the next game and hope to build on it.

    "We've had young guys playing here most of the year because of injuries and stuff, and it's still important. No matter what, you have to look at it like you're going to do the little things to make a difference. You have to have some pride. The people in this locker room care. They care. It's a matter of keeping our heads held high."

    Veteran defenseman Adam Foote said it comes back to "being strong mentally. . . . We can't stop playing, that's for sure. We're not going to. Wherever we are at the end, we have to play the right way all the time."

    Center Paul Stastny said: "You can't look at everything in front of you. You have to pass one team at a time. We have to strive for consistency, doing all the things you need to be successful. Whether we make the playoffs or not, to have something to grow on and build on for next year . . ."

    Avalanche coach Tony Granato called the team's position "not the ideal one you want to be in as a coach. The only thing you can do is worry about the game in front of you, not the one you've played before."

    He said the Avalanche at least could be mindful of "momentum, for sure. You want to finish on a positive."

    Colorado was 27th in the NHL's overall standings Monday morning, and the five teams from 26th through 30th would have a chance in the draft lottery at landing the top choice in the 2009 draft, which translates into major-junior superstar John Tavares. The chances decrease significantly from No. 30 up, so it would be a major upset if any team except the 29th or 30th obtains the choice.

    As might be expected, Granato scoffed at the notion that the franchise had something to gain by finishing as low as possible.

    "You can't think that way, first of all," he said. "As an organization, we have a lot of pride. . . . We want guys to play hard, make the right play and do the right things."
    http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_11875227



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    screw that i want a high pick

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    x2



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    jus too bad Joe ends his career outa the playoffs, unless he wants to come back again

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    and if he does he will need to take a major pay cut but i think hes done..i wanna see him play once more



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    I don't want Sakic to be paid 6 mil again. If he wants to come back cheap I am all for that, but if not he can play for a different team or retire.


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    he wouldnt play for another team. i think he'll jus call it quits

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    ya and it really looks like hes done

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCKdnfhBDIY



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