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Will Denver rally behind Avs again?

Updated: February 4, 2011, 12:38 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

DENVER -- Here in the Rocky Mountains, the past doesn't so much collide with the present as beat the tar out of it.

The Colorado Avalanche's past is so close, so tangible, it throws a shadow on the bright future of this once-dominant franchise and threatens to choke it into unconsciousness.

Walk into the Avalanche dressing room, and there is former captain Joe Sakic's locker sealed off in Plexiglas like an exhibit at the Smithsonian. Thankfully, there is no wax sculpture ...

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