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Old 01-25-2008, 08:13 PM   #175
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The Avalanche's press box was heavily populated again Thursday night with scouts, all from Eastern Conference teams Colorado won't play the rest of this season.

A new addition to the mix was former University of Denver and Colorado Rockies coach Marshall Johnston, scouting for the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes continue to be looking over Avs defender John-Michael Liles, an unrestricted free agent after this season. Carolina has made no secret of its desire for a puck-carrying, offensive defenseman. Liles, however, is suffering through the worst season of his young career, with two goals and 18 points in 48 games coming in.

Scouts from the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also were in attendance.

Sauer recovers

Avalanche defenseman Kurt Sauer (whiplash) has felt better in recent days after experiencing some dizziness early in the week from skating.

Sauer practiced with the team Wednesday and said his condition had improved. He also skated Thursday morning. A timetable for his return, however, remains uncertain.

Baizley in house

Don Baizley, the agent for Avalanche captain Joe Sakic as well as former Avs star Peter Forsberg, attended the game. Baizley often travels to various rinks to check on clients, so his presence doesn't necessarily mean the rumor mill should start in earnest about a possible Forsberg return.

Footnotes

Johnny Boychuk and Kyle Cumiskey were scratched by the Avalanche. . . . Andrew Brunette played his 421st consecutive NHL game, second on the active player list.
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