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A “terrible hockey game” occurred last night in Colorado

Nov 29, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater is getting a tad frustrated covering the struggling Colorado Avalanche. For proof, here’s the first paragraph of his game story from last night:

Well, that was three hours you and I will never get back. What a terrible hockey game tonight at the Pepsi Center, in front of the lowest crowd of the season (12,015). Just awful.

The Avs lost the game, 3-1, to the Dallas Stars. No surprise there. After a surprising 6-2-0 start to the season, Colorado has gone 4-11-1.

We’ve highlighted Dater’s work before on PHT. On Nov. 18, he ripped pretty much everything about the languishing franchise. But last night’s bluster took it to a whole new level. It’s really worth the read. Here’s another taste:

Now let’s talk about Paul Stastny. He was terrible tonight. One shot on net, no points, 43-percent on faceoffs. He was slow all night, got outworked on loose pucks along the boards and generally as noticeable as a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a 10-foot snowbank. There is probably a reason why the Avalanche didn’t give him the captaincy, despite being the team’s highest-paid player and one of its more tenured players. Because he’s not leading by example. Period, end of story.

Ouch.

  1. govtminion - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Sounds like, as usual, Dater has the Avs number pretty much dead-on. There just doesn’t seem to be any real identity or heart to the team, and it almost feels like that’s just fine with the people running the show, both upstairs and on the bench. Here’s hoping that things turn around soon- either on their own, or more likely after a major house-cleaning. It’s sad to see how far a once-mighty franchise has fallen when no one cares enough to maintain it.

  2. bcisleman - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Dater gets no sympathy from me. He was the one who thought the Varlamov trade was a great idea. Now COL may wind up giving a top five talent to WAS. He also ridiculed the NYI who would never have made such an idiot move. Good luck with Varly, Adrian, and I hope you enjoy watching McPhee walk up to the podium in Pittsburgh next June and take the franchise player who should have been an Av.

  3. lsxphotog - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Colorado is having some trouble, that’s for sure. When they loose, they make it look really bad. They have a lot of talent on the roster that needs to step up and take this team back in the right direction. Varlomov has looked pretty good the last couple games, so that’s a start. But they need more than confident goaltending.

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