The league acted quickly in the case of Voynov.

Last month at a luncheon in Toronto, Bettman foreshadowed the league’s heightened awareness of its responsibility.

“Whenever that phone rings, and sometimes it does at two in the morning, you’ve got to respond and you’ve got to have your A-game, otherwise you’re liable to make a mistake. And when you make a mistake in this position, it gets magnified,” he said. “And it doesn’t matter if you’re right 99 out of 100 times, which is a pretty good batting record, it’s that one that you’ll have to live with and deal with.”

Slava Voynov is free on a US$50,000 bond and cannot practise or play or be around the team for an unspecified period.

The Avs players aren’t worried about their “slow start”.

“Everyone’s talking about our slow start, but I’d rather face adversity now than later in the year,” center Matt Duchene said. “We’re right there. We should have won the last two if we just closed out the third period. We just need a little bit more relaxation in there and just get the job done.”

Colorado’s high shooting percentage and exceptional goaltending last season were the two areas that appeared ripe for a drop. The loss of starter Semyon Varlamov and his backup Reto Berra in consecutive games in Toronto and Ottawa certainly doesn’t help maintain the goaltending numbers, but the Avalanche are also having trouble scoring at the same rate as last season.

Through five games the Avalanche are scoring on 5.1 percent of their shots at 5-on-5, down from 8.8 percent a season ago, according to the website war-on-ice.com.

Blame it on Pracey?!

Overall, I’d say Pracey may have more question marks, but again the O’Reilly success trumps all of this. There’s nothing in the Avs drafting record in …read more