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Columnist rips Avs’ top players for their “terrible performances”

Mar 27, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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Take-no-prisoners Denver Post scribe Adrian Dater is none too impressed with the Colorado Avalanche after the team saw its playoff hopes fall off a cliff in less than a week.

The Avs got smoked, 5-1, last night in San Jose – a defeat that came two days after blowing a 2-0 lead and losing in overtime to the Canucks.

Cue Dater:

You just can’t lose 2-0 leads late in the second period on home ice in a really big game and call yourself a playoff-worthy team.

And you also can’t afford getting terrible performances from your top paid players, like they got tonight from players such as Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene and David Jones and Jan Hejda and, yes, Milan Hejduk. Sad to say, but this looks like the end of the line for the classy Avs captain. He became non-existent production-wise in the second half, the game starting to look just one step too fast for him suddenly at age 36.

Dater went on to call Stastny’s performance against the Sharks “particularly odious” and his big contract “the most worrisome thing about the Avs going forward.”

Now, it should be noted that Colorado is the youngest team in the NHL and has the second lowest payroll, so there’s no real shame in barely missing the playoffs.

However, Dater might have a point about Stastny. The Avs have two other talented, young centers in 21-year-olds Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly. Perhaps Stastny’s $6.6 million cap hit could be put to better use.

  1. govtminion - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Such an odd team. Some nights they look pretty amazing, like when they beat Anaheim a couple of weeks ago. And some nights they look more flat than a week-old Coke. Inconsistency is a surefire way to miss the playoffs, sadly.

    (I didn’t even have to click the article to know it had to be Dater ripping the Avs a new one. He’s made a habit of it the past few years, not that he’s had any shortage of material to use.)

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    It’s not like Stastny has had a bad season per se. If his contract is that big of an issue I’m sure they could find a team willing to take on a young centre with his upside. If the new CBA allows the Avs to take on part of his contract in a trade then that would make it even easier.

  3. emperorzero - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Stastny has peaked and he never deserve a contract that would be a 6.6 million cap hit. Yes, the Avs are young, but they are very inconsistant. This is a team that’s had two big hot streaks and at least two big cold streaks as well.

  4. brockohol - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    as a blues fan this is good news to me. avs have had the blues number for whatever reason. maybe its a curse since we trade raped them last year

  5. danphipps01 - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Yeah, Stastny’s never been $6.6m good. That contract is just awful. Even if he’s having an off season this year, never in his life has he played THAT well. One hopes they can find a team to deal him to. Could always try to fleece Brian Burke or Jay Feaster. Or Scott Howson, for that matter. Plenty of saps to go around!

  6. rainyday56 - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    He’s not your dad’s Stastny . . . :)

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