The playoff hopes of the Colorado Avalanche were dealt a huge blow when their proposal to allocate 30 points from last year toward the upcoming season was rejected.

“Some people say it’s easy to make the playoffs because the league lets in half the teams,” said GM Greg Sherman. “Those people obviously didn’t notice we finished 30 points off the pace last season. That’s a huge gulf, so in the interest of fairness, we just thought maybe the league would let us keep some points for this year.”

Alas, league commissioner denied the request, citing the Edmonton Oilers, the only team worse than the Avalanche in 2010-2011.

“If we did it for Colorado, then we’d have to do it for Edmonton, too. It’s a slippery slope,” said Bettman. “Besides, they signed [goalie Jean-Sebastien] Giguere. That should add like four or five points right there.”

Heckler George