Pro Hockey Talk "In Game 7 against the Minnesota Wild, the Colorado Avalanche looked primed to win their first playoff series since the 2007-08 season. They held a one-goal lead late in the third period and Darcy Kuemper left the Wild net with an injury. Instead, the Avalanche squandered that margin and ended up..." July 24
Pro Hockey Talk "With the Ryan O’Reilly contract saga over, Colorado will now turn its attention to another key unsigned RFA — Tyson Barrie. Though to hear executive VP of hockey ops Joe Sakic explain it, Barrie’s negotiations should be smoother than O’Reilly’s. “I’m very confident we’ll get something done..." July 24
Denver Post "Cory Sarich, who played 54 games for the Avalanche last season and was an unrestricted free agent, was seriously injured Monday after being hit by a car while bicycling in Invermere, British Columbia. Sarich was airlifted to a hospital in Calgary, Alberta. Calgary's CTV reported he was diagnosed..." July 24
Joe Sakic tells me this is no sign-and-trade thing with ROR. "We want him long term, and we'll keep working on that"
Pro Hockey Talk "“There was never any animosity between us this whole time. Any of the perceived animosity came from the outside.” That was Joe Sakic today, to the Denver Post, after the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract, avoiding a potentially nasty arbitration hearing in..." July 23
O'Reilly and Avs avoid arbitration! Two years, 5.8, 6.2. Happy days here again!
CBSSports.com "It appears one of the NHL's most intriguing negotiations of the offseason will reach its conclusion this week in an arbitration hearing set for Wednesday. The Colorado Avalanche went the route of team-elected salary arbitration with young center Ryan O'Reilly, a rare and possibly..." July 21
Pro Hockey Talk "It looks like the Colorado Avalanche and restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly are going to spend Wednesday in a Toronto courtroom. When the Avalanche decided to take O’Reilly to arbitration, there was hope the two sides could get something done before heading to court. As Adrian Dater of The..." July 20
The Hockey News "So, you’re the Colorado Avalanche. You’ve just enjoyed a comeback season in which you won the regular season Central Division title and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. You maybe got a little lucky with all that success, since your goalie posted a career year and you were..." July 12
Denver Post "Negotiations between the Avalanche and left wing Ryan O'Reilly toward a long-term contract appear at a standstill, so they are headed to arbitration July 23, an NHL source said Thursday. The Avs and O'Reilly still could avoid arbitration by agreeing to a deal before then, but such a prospect..." July 11
Denver Post "Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy have learned their lesson. I'm convinced they never again will allow a coveted player to remain with the team beyond the trading deadline if he can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. They did that with Paul Stastny ... and they got burned. It's very clear — and..." July 07
Denver Post "He comes to Colorado via Boston, in search of his first Stanley Cup after nearly two decades in the NHL. He is considered one of the game's classiest players, which makes it hard not to root for him as a sentimental favorite. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy will help try to get him that first..." July 07
STL files for arb on Sobotka...third team-elected one so far, joining Frolik (WIN) and O'Reilly (COL)
Denver Post "Is there still hope the Avalanche can sign Ryan O'Reilly to a long-term contract and he won't go to arbitration? While it seems unlikely, based on the history between the sides, that remains the goal of Joe Sakic, the Avs' executive vice president of hockey operations. "We're going to focus on..." July 05
Denver Post "Avalanche free-agent signee Zach Redmond has an interesting story. The 6-foot-2 defenseman was born in Houston among triplets in 1988, minutes after his brother and shortly before his sister. His parents moved to Houston from Trinidad and Tobago, an island country off the northern edge of South..." July 04
The Fourth Period "The Boston Bruins are looking to free up some salary cap space and appear to be shopping defenseman Johnny Boychuk in order to create some room. The Bruins have roughly $5.7 million in available cap space, which includes center Marc Savard's $4.027 million salary being attributed to LTIR...." July 04
Yahoo! Sports "Steve Moore’s civil suit against the Vancouver Canucks and Todd Bertuzzi, a.k.a. hockey’s pending O.J. Trial, just got about $30 million more interesting. Moore’s lawyers have filed documents that increase his financial claims in the case from $38 million to $68 million, according to the..." July 03
TheScore.com "The Colorado Avalanche made several moves during the opening of free agency including signing Jarome Iginla, trading for Daniel Briere and losing scoring forward Paul Stastny. General manager Joe Sakic told The Denver Post on Wednesday he was happy with the transactions the team made, although..." July 03
As per @TSNBobMcKenzie, Jarome Iginla signs with Colorado
According to sources, #Isles were more than competitive with offers to targeted FAs: Offered 3 years to Dan Boyle, 4 years to Jarome Iginla.
Iginla NMC in COL
Joey Hishon has accepted his qualifying offer. Great situation for both sides. He'll have a great chance to establish himself next season.
Avs likely out on Niskanen. Only $10 mil under cap, O'Reilly and Barrie still unsigned. Unless they deal one of them
I don't see where McLeod fits into Avs lineup anymore. But he's got one year left on deal. Possible trade bait
Colorado Avalanche sign forward Ben Street
Zach Redmond to COL 2yrs, 1.5 total
When Jarome Iginla signs, I expect it will be a three-year deal. TB, COL and VAN are the finalists.
COL signs Bruno Gervais to a one year deal.
Nick Holden extension in COL 3 yrs, 1.5/1.65/1.8
Iginla's agent: Don Meehan, Newport Sports. Same agency of O'Reilly and Barrie (and both unsigned still)
Breaking News: Jesse Winchester signs 2 year deal with Colorado Avalanche at $900,00 per year
Hearing WASH to make a hard run at Brooks Orpik...CAL, COL, FLA also there
Hearing Col in on a top 4 D man also. Col is a team right there and look to add some veterans.
COL, MIN, TB, VAN still in on Jarome Iginla.
Hearing #SJSharks getting a 2nd rd. pick in 2016 and 6th round pick in 2017 back from Colorado for Brad Stuart
Denver Post "T-minus 2 hours, 25 minutes until the start of NHL free agency here. We’ll probably know the fate of Paul Stastny soon (nobody saying much from the parties, so speculate away…). One thing I can report with certainty: the Avs plan to make a strong bid for Jarome Iginla. We’ll see if they can..." July 01
Paul Stastny and the Avalanche were not able to get a deal done. He'll hit the market tomorrow. #tvasports
TheScore.com "Here’s the thing with Danny Briere: he’s not very good any more. I have a ton of respect for his talent, his career, and the man he is, but as far as being an effective NHLer goes at age 36 (37 by the time next season starts), the reality is that it just ain’t there anymore. Briere is a guy who..." July 01
Avs won't say for sure one way or other about Andre Benoit. No deal to this point though, seems unlikely he's back
TSN.ca "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward PA Parenteau from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Daniel Briere and the Canadiens' fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Briere lasted just one season with the Habs after signing a two-year, $8 million contract with the team this..." June 30
Denver Post "With the NHL trending bigger again, the Avalanche's top priority at this weekend's draft in Philadelphia was to keep pace with that trend. Judging by the height and weight of the seven players the Avs chose, they more than accomplished that goal. The Avs chose four forwards, two defensemen and..." June 29
Denver Post "Center probably is the deepest position on the Avalanche roster, but that did not stop the team from taking another one with its first pick in Friday night's first round of the NHL draft in Philadelphia. The Avs chose the captain of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League: 6-foot-1,..." June 28
Denver Post "I’ll keep this brief: All I can really report, on the meeting between Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny’s agent, Matt Keator, today is this: the sides are still talking and will continue to talk into the weekend. I’m not going to make any predictions ON how this ends up. To me, it’s a fluid situation..." June 28
PSD Staff The 2014 NHL Entry Draft goes on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. While this year's NHL draft will certainly not be able to match the talent pool of Thursday's NBA Draft, or even most other NHL Drafts for that matter, there are still some extremely talented players available. The best part... June 28
Denver Post "The first round of the NHL draft used to be a long exercise in tedium for the Avalanche. While the lesser lights of the league would excitedly make their way to the stage to proudly announce their selections, the final four-finishing Avs would have to sit back and wait a few hours before they..." June 27
Pro Hockey Talk "This offseason features a more open interview window between pending free agents and potential new teams, which introduces a fun new narrative: news about the number of franchises inquiring about players. Paul Stastny takes the cake, at least so far. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the..." June 27
The Fresno Bee "Hall-of-Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, rookie bench boss of the Colorado Avalanche, was named the winner of the 2014 Jack Adams Award on Tuesday, given annually to the league's top coach. Roy lifted the Avalanche (52-22-8, 112 points) to a historic turnaround in his initial campaign as an NHL..." June 25
Denver Post "Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Tuesday night, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers'..." June 25