Bernier a star? Lindros in HHOF? Norris for Phaneuf? Counting down my biggest blunders

Toronto Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier

I had an uncle who claimed he had never been wrong. Used to insist he didn’t know how it feels to be wrong.

“Is it like an itch?” he’d joke.

Me, well I sure know how it feels to be wrong. When you are as opinionated as I am, being wrong comes with the territory.

I’ll give you a few examples:

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Rumor Roundup: Tyson Barrie is latest Avalanche player to be mentioned in trade talks

Lyle Richardson
Tyson Barrie. (Getty Images)

As the Matt Duchene trade speculation wanes, teammate Tyson Barrie popped up in the rumor mill. Barrie was mentioned by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman during Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada telecast, noting the blueliner is a restricted free agent next summer with arbitration rights.

Friedman claimed teams are keeping an eye on Barrie’s status, speculating there will be a lot of interest in the 24-year-old defenseman if the Avs can’t re-sign him. He subsequently reported having “zero evidence” Barrie’s on the trade block, believing the Avalanche “would love to sign him.”

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Forget about bridge with Nathan MacKinnon – pass Go and collect a big-money, long-term contract

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Nathan MacKinnon (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

Even Nathan MacKinnon would be surprised if you told him that almost a quarter into the season, the guy that nobody recognized at the Tim Hortons drive through in those television ads would be 10 points ahead of the guy everyone seemed to know.

Such is life for MacKinnon these days. In his third year in the NHL, MacKinnon seems more comfortable in his skin than ever and it’s showing. The No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft is on pace for 92 points this season and finds himself firmly ensconced in the top 10 NHL scorers. And the other guy in those commercials? Well, Sidney Crosby is off to a miserable start, with just nine points.

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Rumor Roundup: Duchene talk heating up, but move to Senators unlikely

Lyle Richardson
Matt Duchene (Karl Gehring/The Denver Post)

Recent trade speculation regarding Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene dominated the NHL rumor mill over the weekend. TSN’s Darren Dreger expounded on his report claiming the Avalanche contacted the Ottawa Senators to gauge interest in the 24-year-old center. It’s believed as long as Duchene remains in the discussion, the Senators (and other clubs) could continue to explore the possibility.

Dreger, however, considers it unlikely Avs GM Joe Sakic will move Duchene. He suggests Sakic could be using the forward as a means of starting trade discussions involving a different move with other players.’s Pierre LeBrun thinks Sakic is simply gauging the trade value of Duchene and other players on his roster.

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Avs claim Wagner off waivers, place Varlamov on IR

Dhiren Mahiban
(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche have claimed forward Chris Wagner off of waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.

The 24-year-old has appeared in 11 games for the Ducks this season registering a minus-2 rating while averaging 9:46 in ice time. Wagner was tied for second on the Ducks in hits (32) and ranked fourth in penalty minutes (17) prior to being placed on waivers on Saturday.

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Watch: MacKinnon scores twice in 13 seconds

Dhiren Mahiban

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan McKinnon had his four-game point streak snapped in Thursday’s win over the Boston Bruins.

He made up for it on Saturday night scoring twice in record time.

The 20-year-old scored a pair of goals in 13 seconds at the Bell Centre in Montreal to give the Avs a 3-0 lead late in the first period.

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Rumor Roundup: Marleau will have to widen list if he wants out of San Jose

Patrick Marleau. (Getty Images)

A recent report claiming San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau would agree to be dealt to the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers attracted swift reaction from several NHL pundits.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (who first broke the Marleau trade rumor story), TSN’s Bob McKenzie,’s Allan Muir, and the San Jose Mercury News’ Mark Purdy doubt the long-time Sharks star would be dealt to California rivals like Anaheim and Los Angeles. Purdy believes Sharks GM Doug Wilson would never ship Marleau to those clubs unless the deal was so overwhelming he simply couldn’t refuse. Don’t hold your breath expecting that deal to materialize.

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Avalanche’s Landeskog suspended two games for hit to the head of Bruins’ Marchand (Updated)

Jared Clinton
Gabriel Landeskog hits Brad Marchand (via Streamable)

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety is going to be taking a look at a hit thrown by Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog Thursday night.

In the second period of the Avalanche’s tilt in Boston, Bruins winger Brad Marchand took a step into the middle of the ice to curl inside and fire a shot on Colorado netminder Reto Berra. As Marchand cut to the inside, his body opened up and Avalanche captain Landeskog came in from outside the Colorado zone to throw a huge hit on Marchand. The hit spun Marchand through the air and left him down on the ice for a few moments: Read more