Avalanche Rumors & News

  • NHL adds meldonium to banned substances list

    The Comeback "Meldonium has become a buzzword in the sports doping world, especially after Maria Sharapova got a two year ban from tennis for using it. Russia actually switched out its entire U-18 hockey team for a tournament this past spring over fears they all might test positive for the endurance booster...." August 31

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Avalanche’s Jared Bednar joins long list of NHL coaches who came from AHL

    Denver Post "The new Avalanche coach had been waiting for a question about never having coached in the NHL before, and when it didn’t come, he brought up the subject himself as the news conference was about to end. “I was surprised that no one asked me a question about experience and stuff like that,” he..." August 27

  • Jared Bednar’s Avalanche staff uncertain; Patrick Roy’s support staff might be retained

    Denver Post "The Avalanche’s coaching staff could be completely overhauled or just tweaked at the top. New head coach Jared Bednar might keep Patrick Roy’s support staff or bring in his own crew. Avs general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday that Roy’s assistant coaches Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Nolan Pratt..." August 26

  • Bednar the Avs' 1st head coach with no previous ties to organization

    NHL.com "Jared Bednar was named coach of the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. "I was certainly happy to be considered and I'm ecstatic to have been named head coach and I'm looking forward to getting to work," the 44-year-old said. "When I started coaching, my ultimate goal was obviously to get to the..." August 26

  • Jared Bednar Hired As Avs Coach

    Columbus Dispatch "The Colorado Avalanche are on the verge of hiring Jared Bednar as coach, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger. Bednar was coach of the Blue Jackets' minor-league affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, winning the AHL's Calder Cup last spring." August 25

  • Avs Give Rene Bourque a PTO: Report

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Rene Bourque to a professional tryout (PTO), according to James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail. The former University of Wisconsin Badger most recently spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets, putting up three goals and eight points in 49 games last..." August 25

  • Boughner and Dineen ‘major candidates’ for Avs gig, Arniel out

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just weeks after Patrick Roy’s shock departure, Colorado’s search for a new head coach appears to be taking shape. There’s plenty to get into, so let’s go bullet points: • Per the Denver Post, a pair of assistant coaches — San Jose’s Bob Boughner and Chicago’s Kevin Dineen — have emerged as..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • The Avalanche core isn’t the problem, they just need some help

    Pro Hockey Talk "Three years ago the Colorado Avalanche came out of nowhere to win 52 games and surprisingly take the Central Division crown during the 2013-14 season. Even though there were a lot of red flags that came along with that success (they weren’t a good defensive team and they were one of the worst..." August 20

  • Ex-Avs winger Brad Larsen a candidate for head coaching job

    Denver Post "The Avalanche coaching search is continuing over the weekend, with Colorado and general manager Joe Sakic seeking a “teacher”-type who can nurture the franchise’s younger players and get the most out of the much-cited and much-challenged “core.” Brad Larsen, the former Avalanche winger who now..." August 20

  • Colorado Coaching Search Down To Four

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers reports today that the short list of candidates for the vacant head coaching job with the Colorado Avalanche is down to four, three of which would be first-time NHL skippers: Jared Bednar, Travis Green, and Lane Lambert as well as Scott Arniel. Following the..." August 18

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Ben Smith, journeyman right wing, signs with Colorado Avalanche

    Denver Post "Bolstering depth in the organization and perhaps on the NHL roster, the Avalanche Tuesday signed right wing Ben Smith to a one-year, two-way deal. Smith, 28, has split his professional career between the NHL and the American Hockey League, and has 27 goals and 23 assists in 197 NHL games with..." August 16

  • Two months before season opener, Avs have to answer: Who’s next behind the bench?

    Denver Post "Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic hadn’t expected to have to call the hockey staff together for this kind of meeting in the middle of August, but he said Thursday that the search for Patrick Roy’s successor as coach would begin immediately. “Myself and my staff are going to get together..." August 14

  • Avalanche's Johnson: 'We loved playing for Patty'

    The Score "The transition between coaches won't be an easy one for the Colorado Avalanche. The club watched as Patrick Roy shocked the hockey world on Thursday, announcing he was leaving the team. The news was hard to take for players, especially defenseman Erik Johnson, who learned about the news after..." August 12

  • 3 reasons Colorado shouldn't hire Bob Hartley

    The Score "When Patrick Roy announced Thursday he was leaving the Colorado Avalanche as head coach and vice president of hockey operations, one of the names immediately linked to the vacancy behind the bench was Bob Hartley. General manager Joe Sakic said the team will look outside the organization for a..." August 12

  • Sakic: Avalanche will look outside team for new coach

    The Score "The search for the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche is about to begin. Following Thursday's news that head coach Patrick Roy had decided to leave the team, general manager Joe Sakic told reporters the team will look outside its own ranks for the replacement." August 12

  • Patrick Roy parts ways with Avalanche organization

    Sportsnet "Patrick Roy has left his position as head coach and vice president of hockey operations with the Colorado Avalanche. The former goaltender and four-time Stanley Cup champion was named was named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche in May of 2013. In three seasons..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Avalanche's Barrie out to prove his defensive game is up to par

    The Score "Tyson Barrie and the Colorado Avalanche were able to come to terms on a new deal, but not before the two sides went through the arbitration process. The defenseman signed a four-year, $22-million contract before the ruling came down, and the hearing opened his eyes in terms of perceived..." August 04

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Tyson Barrie signs four-year deal with Avalanche

    Sportsnet "Tyson Barrie has signed a four-year, $22-million contract with the Colorado Avalanche. The defenceman had 13 goals and 49 points in 78 games last season, while earning $3.2 million." July 31

  • Gabriel Landeskog hopes his concussion story helps others

    Pro Hockey Talk "When you’re an impossibly young captain of the Colorado Avalanche, it’s probably tough to choose your own health over the best interests of your team. That scenario presented itself to Gabriel Landeskog, and he decided to fight through the pain. As you can see in the video above, he regrets the..." July 30

  • Avalanche's Barrie becomes 1st player to have arbitration hearing in 2016

    The Score "For the first time this offseason, player and team met with an independent arbitrator in order to determine the value of his next contract. In this case, it's Tyson Barrie and the Colorado Avalanche who were unable to reach a deal prior to the hearing date, unlike all others scheduled up to..." July 29

  • Tyson Barrie, Avalanche scheduled for Friday arbitration hearing in Toronto

    Denver Post "The Avalanche and restricted free-agent defenseman Tyson Barrie are scheduled to go through a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday at 7 a.m. MDT, but it remains possible that the two sides will agree to contract terms before the hearing opens, leading to its cancellation. In fact,..." July 29

  • New Jersey Devils Sign Brandon Gormley

    HockeyBuzz "The New Jersey Devils have signed Brandon Gormley in effort to improve the organization's depth on defense. Gormley put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract that would earn him $650,000 at the NHL level. The former 13th overall pick (2010) was highly regarded coming out of junior,..." July 29

  • Will things really work out swell for Barrie & Avs?

    Edmonton Journal "This in from reporter Adrian Dater of Bleacher Report, a long-time chronicler of the Colorado Avs, who writes that the July 29 arbitration hearing between Tyson Barrie and the Colorado Avs just might be a “welcome relief” for both sides. “The Avs, an NHL source told me, aren’t sweating the..." July 27

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Avalanche signs ECHL agreement with Colorado Eagles

    Denver Post "The Avalanche and Colorado Eagles of the ECHL announced an affiliation agreement Wednesday, allowing the Windsor-based Eagles to carry some Avalanche prospects who don’t play for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League. The ECHL — which formerly stood for the East Coast Hockey..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Avalanche adds a third on-ice assistant coach

    Denver Post "Former Avalanche defenseman Nolan Pratt, a two-time Stanley Cup champion who served as an assistant coach for the Calder Cup-winning Lake Erie Monsters this past season, has been hired by Colorado as its third on-ice assistant coach, the team announced Friday. Pratt, 40, will work alongside..." July 16

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Avalanche sign Nathan MacKinnon to seven-year deal

    The Hockey Writers "Restricted free agent Nathan MacKinnon has come to terms with the Colorado Avalanche on a seven-year contract extension. The team didn’t disclose details, but Elliotte Friedman reports that the deal carries an AAV of $6.3 million. That deal will make MacKinnon, the first overall draft pick in..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque pleads guilty in drunken-driving case

    Sporting News "Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque pleaded guilty Wednesday in Massachusetts to a drunken-driving charge, NECN.com reported . The former Bruins star, 55, pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on operating under the influence of alcohol charges after the Mercedes-Benz he was driving rear-ended..." July 06

  • Avs Re-sign Calvin Pickard

    Mile High Hockey "The Avalanche announced today that RFA goalie Calvin Pickard has signed a 2-year contract. Adrian Dater is reporting that it’s a $1M AAV deal. Picks started the year with the Rampage but was called up for good in December when Reto Berra was injured and subsequently demoted. " July 05

  • Boedker opts for Sharks due to DeBoer, team success

    CSN Bay Area "A pattern emerged shortly after the Sharks hired Pete DeBoer last summer. One by one, nearly all of the new additions to the San Jose roster could be traced back to the head coach somehow. Martin Jones, Joel Ward, Dainius Zubrus and Nick Spaling all played for DeBoer at some point, while Roman..." July 03

  • Defenceman Nate Guenin signs two-way deal with Anaheim

    Sportsnet "The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenceman Nate Guenin to a one-year, two-way contract. According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, the deal comes with an NHL salary of $600,000 and an AHL salary of $250,000." July 03

  • Andrew Agozzino takes one year deal with St. Louis

    Today's Slapshot "Last summer, the Colorado Avalanche inked forward prospect Andrew Agozzino to a one year extension with the club after being given just one NHL game during the previous season. Now, though, he’s headed elsewhere. The St. Louis Blues picked up Agozzino, who became a category VI free agent..." July 02

  • Canucks Sign Michael Chaput, Borna Rendulic and Chad Billins to One-Year Contracts

    Hockey Fights "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenceman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract. Chaput, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL Lake..." July 02

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