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April 8, 2008 11:00 PM

Drew Litton: Catching Cup Fever

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The Avs are back in the playoffs, which is, of course, always terrific cartoon material. I'm ooking forward to it even though I must admit, I still have a sour taste from the whole Bertuzzi-Moore incident. And don't count me as a Forsberg convert just yet...He's got a lot of injury free hockey to play before I'm willing to board that bandwagon



Discussion

  • April 9, 2008

    5:44 AM

    Bar writes:

    We are blessed with some great sports teams here in Colorado, and I found it funny when people were calling for heads because the Avs missed the playoffs...for the first time ever!

    I'm glad their back with Foppa, Sakic, and Foote. Lets see if they can bring back the cup!

  • April 9, 2008

    5:45 AM

    Bar writes:

    We are blessed with some great sports teams here in Colorado, and I found it funny when people were calling for heads because the Avs missed the playoffs...for the first time ever!

    I'm glad their back with Foppa, Sakic, and Foote. Lets see if they can bring back the cup!

  • April 9, 2008

    11:17 AM

    Pete writes:

    You are still hung up on Bertuzzi-Moore? Good grief, Drew. Move on, buddy. Are you still hung up on the Kermit Washington -Rudy Tomjanovich incident too? Why in the world would this keep you from enjoying the Avs and the fantastic NHL playoffs to come?

  • April 9, 2008

    12:25 PM

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  • April 9, 2008

    12:30 PM

    Sady writes:

    We already know that Forsberg will always have health issues, so I'm not sure what you're expecting. I don't understand the "not a convert" comment at all. Convert from what? All we can ever hope for from Peter is that he's able to play as many games as possible. And that when he is able to play, that he plays well. Obviously he has. 14 points in 9 games, are you kidding me? And only one loss for the team in all of those games? It's pretty incredible stuff. Even with all of his injuries he has managed to transform this team into one with confidence.

    Whether they win or not, his performance has been pretty surprising and special. I don't understand the negativity toward him from you. 14 points in 9 games, and all we get is cartoons with him hobbling around as a cripple. We know he struggles with injuries. It's not news. We expect it. Somehow he STILL produces at a rate better than anyone else. THAT should be the story you draw about.

  • April 9, 2008

    1:15 PM

    Tom writes:

    When he was considering his return to the NHL, Peter said that he would not come back unless he could contribute 100%. So, essentially, he lied. He's missed and sat out numerous games since "returning." So, he's not 100%. He's cheated fans. People probably bought tickets just to see him, and then he decides not to play. Note to Peter: How about actually standing by your words. If you aren't 100%, then sit down and/or retire. Your return to the NHL has been a bust. Go home to Sweden already.

  • April 9, 2008

    1:25 PM

    Sady writes:

    Yeah, Tom. 14 points in 9 games, and 1 loss in 9 games for a team that had previously been struggling. Oh, and a completely resurgent power play also since his arrival. Yeah, that's a real "bust." I'll take that kind of "bust" any day of the week and twice on Sundays. And so would 29 other teams.

  • April 9, 2008

    2:19 PM

    Tom writes:

    The Avalanche are well documented in making bad moves. This is yet another link in the chain. No, 29 other teams would not have signed Forsberg. The Avalanche were the only team that seriously persued him. Every other GM saw him as a liability, and they were 10% correct.
    Peter lied to the Avalanche and deceived it's fanbase. There's zero argument for that.

  • April 9, 2008

    2:21 PM

    Tom writes:

    Slip of the keyboard. Every NHL GM was 100% correct.

    Cheers.

  • April 9, 2008

    3:03 PM

    Sady writes:

    Wrong again, Tom. Many, many teams pursued him. As TSN reported leading up to the signing, Peter and his agent declined offers from many teams. Those attempting to sign him included Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Philadelphia, Chicago, Anaheim, Ottawa, and Vancouver.

    Geez, Tom, if you're going to make stuff up, at least come with something better. Or better yet, come with actual facts, not something that's easily demonstrated as incorrect. Makes you look pathetic.

    And a bad move? 14 points in 9 games, only one loss, and a rejuvenated power play, for a team that was going nowhere previously... a bad move only in your world. What color is the sky in your world, Tom? Win or lose this series, Forsberg has been a terrific addition, and they wouldn't even be in the playoffs without him.

  • April 9, 2008

    3:20 PM

    Mike D writes:

    Sady's right. For example, here's a snip from the SJ papers about their interest (and mind you, the Sharks are at worst the 2nd best team in the NHL and a serious argument could be made they are playing the best hockey of anyone).

    The Sharks acknowledged Wednesday they were among the teams trying to woo unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg back to the NHL, but are no longer in the running.

    "We did have several conversations with Peter's agent, Don Baizley, regarding Peter's status and our interest in him coming to San Jose," Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said. "It appears at this point that Peter and his agent are moving in a different direction and so are we."

    For some time now, the Canadian sports Web site tsn.ca has included the Sharks among the teams pursuing the 34-year-old center.

    Tsn.ca said Wednesday that Colorado and Philadelphia, teams where Forsberg had played previously, are the front-runners for his services. Other teams still in contention are Anaheim, Chicago, Ottawa and Vancouver.

    Other teams falling by the wayside include Detroit, Pittsburgh and Calgary.

  • April 9, 2008

    4:18 PM

    Tom writes:

    Hey cool. Believe whatever you read in a newspaper. They're always 100% accurate. Believe everything the media tells you. It'll be just like Orwell's 1984.

    Cheers.

  • April 9, 2008

    4:21 PM

    Uncle Buck writes:

    No team "seriously" pursued Forseberg??? Are you crazy Tom?? Every team with a decent shot at making the playoffs made him an offer! Forseberg has sparked the Avs. True, he said he would only play if 100%, but are there any players out there playing at completely 100%? I don't think the Avs would have made the playoffs without Forseberg.

  • April 9, 2008

    4:27 PM

    Uncle Buck writes:

    So the media was lying when they listed the teams pursuing Forsberg?

  • April 9, 2008

    4:31 PM

    Mike D writes:

    Yes, I'll believe a direct quote from a general manager, quoted on numerous websites. Whether or not you believe the other teams cited, it's impossible to argue the Sharks were interested.

    God, that makes me silly and naive.

    I should trust, instead, the word of a poster who admits he doesn't need logic, facts, or reason to form his opinions.

    You're becoming a caricature Tom, one who engages in empty rhetoric, bordering on hyperbole, instead of reasoned or thoughtful debate. This site, and others like it, need some outside perspective so it doesn't turn into homer central. And at times, you thoughtfully provide that.

    But anymore, all your posts seem to be intended to do is incite the masses, of which I fall guilty to for responding to, and ignore or deride all thoughtful and factual criticism of your arguments.

    So I ask you, keep up your anti-Denver sentiment. It's a welcome voice. But base your attacks in reality, facts, logic, or reason. The discussions and debates will be much better for all of us.

  • April 9, 2008

    7:00 PM

    Tom writes:

    I'll be more than happy to keep up the anti-Denver sentiment.
    I love my audience. It's very nice to know you care.
    And hey, since no one else here ever bases their comments on actual events or factual material, there's never been a reason for me to start. This is a cartoon blog, in case no one has taken the time to notice. Cartoon = Non-reality. Has that ever crossed your mind? Cartoons = Entertainment. Are you getting me?
    Pay attention in class and you're much more likely to know how to add it up to get the correct answer.

    Cheers.

  • April 10, 2008

    9:41 AM

    Sady writes:

    Why should we believe all of that other stuff when we can just believe The Word of Tom? I mean, leading up to the deadline, we had multiple published reports from credible news sources, we had quotes from league executives, etc. But hey, why bother with all that when we have Tom? His personal knowledge of the inner workings of the management of all 30 teams in the league is far more reliable.

  • April 10, 2008

    9:50 AM

    Sady writes:

    You know the funniest part, though? It doesn't even matter who pursued Forsberg. The best part is that Tom calls the move a "bust." The Avs were going nowhere, and now they've not only made the playoffs, they've actually won their first playoff game, their power play is alive again, and they've now lost only once in the ten games with Forsberg. Again, whether they win or lose this series, everyone can see what a great addition he was. Except for one person. The one person in the world who would call this a "bust" is right here in this blog--Tom. We should feel honored.

    Good thing Tom's not a weatherman. He'd call today's weather "sunny, hot, and dry."

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