In years past, a post talking about Colorado Avalanche storylines that wouldn’t go away would have likely included a vacuum in leadership, underachieving players and who to take with the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft.
This post contains exactly zero of those storylines. What it does contain, however, is an incredible amount of positivity.
One could say, “These aren’t your father’s Colorado Avalanche,” but in a way, they very much are. Much like the team’s first year spent in Denver, when they scored an improbable Stanley Cup win with players like Joe Sakic, Adam Foote and Patrick Roy on the ice, this iteration of the burgundy and blue is a clutch team with bona fide star power and the ability to win close games.
Sure, Sakic, Foote and (especially) Roy are still contributing, albeit in different roles. These days, however, the names taking charge are of youngsters like Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov. Their play, both individually and as a collective unit, is making this team into a bona fide playoff contender for the future. Not everything is perfect up in Colorado, but more of these stories are positive than negative, for the first time in a few years.