Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov out with lower-body injury

    ESPN "Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will miss at least two weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Jared Bednar said Friday. "He's not ready," Bednar told reporters. "The goal is to get him back on the ice before the All-Star break. ... The plan is to be cautious with him, and then turn..." January 13

  • Beyond MacKinnon: A look at rising Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Colorado Avalanche probably wish they could push their bye week back, or cancel it altogether. Such logic would be understandable after last night’s jarring win: a 7-2 drubbing of the Minnesota Wild. The Avs impressed their Central Division rivals, as The Athletic’s Michael Russo reports..." January 07

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Nathan MacKinnon’s resurgence has Avalanche in surprising fight for playoff spot

    Pro Hockey Talk "Back in 2013-14 the Colorado Avalanche came out of nowhere to win 52 games and, somewhat shockingly, make the Stanley Cup playoffs. It came just one year after they finished with the second-worst record in the league and with a first-year coach (Patrick Roy) behind the bench. As exciting as..." January 04

  • Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov “day-to-day” with muscular injury

    Denver Post "Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov sustained a lower-body muscular injury Tuesday and will likely miss the next two games before the team’s week-long break begins Sunday. Colorado hosts Columbus on Thursday and Minnesota on Saturday, and regular backup Jonathan Bernier will probably start both..." January 03

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • An Avalanche Is Beginning In Colorado

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over the last year, the Colorado Avalanche—and GM Joe Sakic in particular—have taken a lot of heat from media and fans for their performance on and off the ice. Heading into 2017 with a 12-23-1 record, they would go 10-33-3 over the last few months of the 2016-17 season to finish what was a..." January 02

  • Top-six Avs forward probable for Winnipeg

    BNS Denver "Sven Andrhighetto apparently has escaped serious injury. That was the good news Monday, as the top-six forward was deemed probable to play Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets at the Pepsi Center. Andrighetto suffered what looked to be a leg injury toward the end of Sunday's 6-1 Avs win over..." January 01

  • Conor Timmins prospering with increased role on Canada’s blue line

    Sportsnet "As odd as it may seem, Canada’s 8-0 blowout win over Denmark continued to highlight the importance of one of the team’s least productive offensive players. Defenceman Conor Timmins did have an assist in the victory, which allowed Canada to clinch first place in Group A at the world junior..." December 31

  • Calvin Pickard trying to make the most of opportunity with Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "There are only a select set of circumstances that would ever see an NHL goaltender have to introduce himself to his head coach just hours before making a start. Given how turbulent the last six months have been for Calvin Pickard it only stands to reason that it played out that way with Mike..." December 30

  • Avalanche's Tyson Barrie: Out 4-6 weeks

    CBS Sports "Barrie will require surgery to repair his broken hand which will keep him sidelined 4-6 weeks, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports. While it hasn't officially happened yet, Barrie is a lock for injured reserve given the expected length of his absence." December 27

  • Nathan MacKinnon’s line has the potential for greatness with Avs

    Denver Post "The greatest Avalanche lines in club history each feature a Sakic or Forsberg, and there’s a Hejduk or Tanguay in many of them. A Brunette or Stastny also helped create an elite threesome that was considered among the NHL’s most dangerous at that time. For fans and those affiliated with the..." December 26

  • Coyotes’ Zac Rinaldo sucker punches rookie, sparks brawl vs. Avalanche

    Sportsnet "Zac Rinaldo is going to be in some trouble yet again with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The Arizona Coyotes forward sucker punched Colorado Avalanche rookie defenceman Samuel Girard Saturday night, which sparked a massive line brawl. Rinaldo, 27, hit Nathan MacKinnon with an..." December 24

  • Avalanche's Barrie suffers fractured hand

    Sportsnet "Colorado Avalanche beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 on Saturday, but it could turn out to be a costly victory. Defenceman Tyson Barrie blocked a shot in the first period and suffered a fracture in his right hand, the team confirmed. The severity of the injury and specific location of the..." December 24

  • Erik Johnson To Face Player Safety Hearing

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Department of Player Safety tweeted they will hold a hearing today for Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson for his boarding of Tampa Bay’s Vladislav Namestnikov on Saturday. The incident happened late in the second period as Johnson cross-checked Namestnikov, who fell hard into the..." December 17

  • Should Erik Johnson be suspended for ugly play on Namestnikov?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vladislav Namestnikov has been the Mikael Renberg equivalent on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Legion of Doom with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov for much of this season, complimenting those two scorers with strong work of his own. The Lightning were lighting up the Colorado Avalanche on..." December 17

  • Tyson Jost Could Join Canada’s World Junior Team

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Hockey Canada released a list of 32 players invited to the World Junior selection camp this month, as they prepare for the tournament in Buffalo. As we wrote when the list was released, it is possible for several other NHL players could be allowed to join the tournament as well should their clubs..." December 09

  • Avalanche teenagers Tyson Jost and Sam Girard aren’t WJC candidates for Hockey Canada

    Denver Post "There is very little or no chance Avalanche rookies Tyson Jost and Sam Girard will be loaned to Hockey Canada to play in the upcoming World Junior Championship in Buffalo, Avs coach Jared Bednar said Saturday after an optional morning skate at the BB&T Center. “It’s not up to me, but if it were..." December 09

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • The NHL is political, whether you like it or not

    Sporting News "In the immediate aftermath of raising his fist, Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats. Brown, in the eyes of some hockey fans, had broken the cardinal rule of combining sports and the vague concept of politics. For, in the NHL, the best player is a quiet player who keeps his head..." December 08

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams

    Forbes.com "NHL team values are up 15% over last year to an average of $594 million, the biggest increase in three years. Deal-making in and out of hockey has been a boon to the NHL, most notably the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets (NBA), the $1.2 billion price for the Miami Marlins (MLB) and the..." December 05

  • How Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon’s stride turned him into the NHL’s hottest player

    Denver Post "DNA applies to hockey. No two players skate the same, although the ideal skating stride is taught universally. Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche’s 22-year-old center and NHL player of the month for November, is an exceptional skater with an extraordinarily powerful stride. If he had a nickname,..." December 04

  • Numbers suggest Duchene is a strong fit for Senators despite struggles

    Sportsnet "For about a full year the Ottawa Senators defied all doubters and statistical measures, coming within one game of the Stanley Cup final despite many analysts (including myself) believing they weren’t even a playoff team. Without Erik Karlsson to start this season, the Senators continued to grind..." December 01

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • Gabriel Landeskog suspended four games for cross-check

    ESPN "Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog was suspended four games Monday for cross-checking the Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk, the NHL's department of player safety announced. Landeskog cross-checked Tkachuk in the head during the first period of the Avalanche's 3-2 loss to the Flames on..." November 27

  • Avalanche recall Tyson Jost from AHL

    Fanrag Sports "The Colorado Avalanche have recalled forward Tyson Jost from the team’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio, the team announced on Sunday night. The 19-year-old Jost has appeared in just six games this season with Colorado, having missed time early in October due to a bone bruise. He has added one..." November 27

  • Avs' Landeskog to have hearing for cross-checking Flames' Tkachuk

    TSN "The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced on Sunday a hearing for Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog for a cross-check on the Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk. The hearing will be held on Monday. The play in question occurred late in the first period of the..." November 26

  • While Turris continues to roll, Duchene still stuck in first gear

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side, sometimes it isn’t. The two focal points of the biggest trade this season so far in the National Hockey League find themselves on opposite sides of the old expression. On the ‘grass isn’t’ side, we find Matt Duchene, now an Ottawa Senators..." November 23

  • Looks like Nathan MacKinnon is going from star to superstar

    Pro Hockey Talk "Look, it’s not like Nathan MacKinnon has ever really been a “bad” player. The Nova Scotia-born speed demon carried two 20+ goal seasons and three 50+ point campaigns into 2017-18, which in the tough-to-score NHL, is nothing to sneeze at. This is especially true since the Colorado Avalanche have..." November 23

  • Avalanche's Dominic Toninato: Called up to parent club

    CBS Sports "Toninato was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Friday. Toninato's promotion comes after Vladislav Kamenev suffered a broken arm and Tyson Jost is down with the Rampage on what essentially amounts to a conditioning assignment." November 17

  • Brooks Orpik lands huge hit on Vladislav Kamenev, breaks his arm

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Brooks Orpik just landed the biggest hit of the young season Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche. You have to see this. While trailing 2-0 to the Avs early in the second period, Orpik stepped up on rookie Vladislav Kamenev in the neutral zone and walloped the Russian forward to the..." November 17

  • Colorado Avalanche To Send Tyson Jost To San Antonio

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar spoke to the media today, he explained that Tyson Barrie won’t play tonight against the Washington Capitals due to an upper-body injury that has been bothering him. According to Adrian Dater of BSN Denver, he also indicated that the team would be..." November 16

  • Penguins made last-second offer to get Matt Duchene

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t looked like themselves so far this season and GM Jim Rutherford appears to be exploring potential trades that could spark his team. One of those trades almost saw Matt Duchene moving to Pennsylvania instead of Ottawa. “I think when it was uncertain if the..." November 12

  • Duchene glad to put first game with Senators behind him

    NHL.com "Matt Duchene was off the bench and on the ice before Mark Stone could even finish his celebration. He was there before either Erik Karlsson or Derick Brassard, who actually were on the ice when the game-winning goal was scored, there before the rest of his teammates, there to revel in the win and..." November 11

  • Forsberg happy Duchene situation resolved after 'bench and trade' comment

    NHL.com "Put Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg down as someone who is certainly happy and somewhat relieved too that center Matt Duchene was traded by the Colorado Avalanche to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. The trade happened less than a month after Forsberg's comments, translated from a Swedish..." November 08

  • Avs looking to flip G Hammond

    TSN "Andrew Hammond's stay with the Colorado Avalanche could be a short one. According to James Gordon of The Athletic, Hammond will remain with the AHL's Belleville Senators on loan from the Avalanche while general manager Joe Sakic looks to trade the newly acquired netminder." November 07

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Duchene traded to Senators by Avalanche

    NHL.com "Center Matt Duchene was traded by the Colorado Avalanche to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday as part of a three-team trade that also sent center Kyle Turris from the Senators to the Nashville Predators. Duchene dressed for Colorado's game at the New York Islanders and played 1:59 in the first..." November 06

  • Senators-Avalanche trade involving Matt Duchene might still have legs

    Sportsnet "Reports surfaced Friday night indicating the Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators had been discussing a three-way trade involving Matt Duchene, Kyle Turris and various picks and prospects before talks dissipated. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, it’s possible..." November 05

  • Potential 3-team deal sending Duchene to Senators falls apart

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators were in discussions on a three-way trade that would have sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports that the Senators would have sent Kyle Turris..." November 04

  • Avalanche recalls Gabriel Bourque, A.J. Greer from AHL San Antonio Rampage

    Denver Post "The Avalanche on Sunday recalled forwards Gabriel Bourque and A.J. Greer from its American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio. Bourque and Greer will replace injured forwards J.T. Compher and Tyson Jost, who both went down in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Compher is out an..." October 22

  • Frustration growing between Avalanche and Matt Duchene

    Sportsnet "Another hockey season brings another round of trade rumours in Colorado as the Matt Duchene saga continues. “Colorado improved, their young players look really good. The one sense I’m getting is that the frustration with Duchene is growing a bit,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said during..." October 22

  • NHL admits off-side challenge error that cost Avalanche a goal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL admitted on Friday that a decision denying the Colorado Avalanche a tying goal against the St. Louis was wrong. Mikko Rantanen’s goal late in the third period was overturned after Sven Andrighetto was ruled to be off-side following a video review challenge issued by the Blues. Now..." October 20

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Reports: Matt Duchene still wants trade from Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "Winning might fix a lot of things, but can it repair a bridge that has been burned? In the case of Matt Duchene and the Colorado Avalanche, the answer may very well be “No.” On Monday, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston declared as much during an intermission interview with Jeff Marek (no video or..." October 19

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon injured by nasty high stick

    Sportsnet "Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was on the receiving end of a nasty-looking high stick from Anaheim Ducks centre Derek Grant Friday. Grant, in an apparent attempt to lift MacKinnon’s stick, caught the 2013 first-overall pick underneath the visor with the blade of his stick midway..." October 14

  • A fresh start with Avalanche is yielding promising results for Nail Yakupov

    Pro Hockey Talk "It had been a difficult few years for Nail Yakupov since he broke into the NHL. Now 24 years old, he’s with his third team. He’s been injured. He’s been a healthy scratch. He so far hasn’t produced offensively like you’d expect from a No. 1 overall pick. His time in Edmonton was disappointing...." October 12

  • Team says it made substantial Duchene trade offer

    Fanrag Sports "Matt Duchene probably remains the player most likely to be traded in the National Hockey League, although that’s really been the case since the summer and no deal has come to fruition yet. The general perception, whether it’s accurate or not, is that Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic..." October 12

  • Montreal sources tell Dreger Canadiens not in on Duchene

    Fanrag Sports "While the laborious wait continues on the Matt Duchene trade front, we tend to hear the same names of teams circling around the Colorado Avalanche as potential suitors. As things stood on Tuesday afternoon, it didn’t seem as if the Canadiens were currently involved in these particular..." October 11