Avalanche Rumors & News

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Ready for Sunday's contest

    CBS Sports "Johnson (shoulder) will be activated from injured reserve and slot into Sunday's game against the Red Wings. Johnson has missed 13 games with this shoulder issue, and the Avalanche should be excited for the former first-overall pick to bolster its blue line." March 18

  • Avalanche top line isn’t just about MacKinnon

    Pro Hockey Talk "With 85 points in just 62 games played, Nathan MacKinnon isn’t just blowing away any other season he’s enjoyed in the NHL, he’s scoring at a pace that parallels some of Joe Sakic’s best moments in Colorado. Despite missing time with an injury, MacKinnon ranks fourth with those 85 points, and..." March 16

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • MacKinnon taking game, Avalanche to new level

    NHL.com "Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon didn't think he was playing his best hockey last season. This year had to be different. "I just wanted to have a bounce-back season," MacKinnon said. But in preparing for that, MacKinnon's biggest adjustment wasn't in the gym or on the ice. It was..." March 07

  • Colorado Avalanche Sign Conor Timmins To ELC

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche have inked another top prospect, signing defenseman Conor Timmins to a three-year entry-level contract. Timmins is currently injured and sitting out for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and will almost certainly see his contract slide and begin in 2018-19. Timmins was..." March 02

  • Avalanche place Andrei Mironov on unconditional waivers

    Yardbarker "The Colorado Avalanche have placed Andrei Mironov on unconditional waivers with the intention of a mutual contract termination. Mironov only signed his entry-level contract last May, but has been up and down between the NHL and minor leagues all season, unable to really find a role on the..." March 02

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers Swap Minor Leaguers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In an unusually late announcement, the Colorado Avalanche have agreed to send defenseman Chris Bigras to the New York Rangers for defenseman Ryan Graves, per BSN Denver’s Adrian Dater. Both players will remain at the AHL level for now. Bigras, 23, has actually played in 46 NHL games, including..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Avs defensemen Erik Johnson, Anton Lindholm out indefinitely

    ESPN "The Colorado Avalanche will be without two defensemen, as the team has ruled out Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm indefinitely with undisclosed injuries. Both players were hurt during Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Lindholm left the game late in the second period after crashing into..." February 19

  • MacKinnon will play Sunday after missing 8 games with injury

    NHL.com "The wait is over. MacK is back. Nathan MacKinnon will return to the Colorado Avalanche's lineup for Sunday's game versus the Edmonton Oilers after being out for nearly three weeks. Head coach Jared Bednar confirmed after Saturday's practice at Family Sports Center that the Colorado center..." February 17

  • Landeskog says Avalanche good enough to make playoffs

    NHL.com "Captain Gabriel Landeskog believes the Colorado Avalanche are good enough to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs without any additions prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. The Avalanche (31-22-4, 66 points) are two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the playoffs from the..." February 17

  • Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon close to returning, but won’t play Friday at Winnipeg

    Denver Post "Nathan MacKinnon and Blake Comeau, two of the Avalanche’s top-six forwards who been shelved with injuries, participated in an optional practice Thursday with regular sweaters. Both appeared to be cleared to return to the lineup, but only Comeau will travel with the team to Winnipeg and play..." February 15

  • How an attitude adjustment has slowly begun to turn the Colorado Avalanche around

    Pro Hockey Talk "Gabriel Landeskog knew. A change in the cultural fabric in Colorado is something the Avalanche had talked about for a couple seasons, and something that hadn’t happened. The warning signs for the 25-year-old captain of the Avs were abundant, including a treasure trove of terrible that..." February 05

  • Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon out 2-4 weeks

    Sportsnet "Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon will miss two to four weeks, the team announced via Twitter on Thursday. MacKinnon suffered an upper-body injury after a hit from Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler in the second period of a loss on Tuesday night.The 22-year-old centre..." February 01

  • MVP candidate MacKinnon will miss Avs’ next game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Take a deep breath Avs fans. Franchise center Nathan MacKinnon will miss Thursday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers because of a shoulder injury he suffered last night. MacKinnon, who is a legitimate Hart Trophy candidate this season, left Tuesday’s game after colliding with Vancouver’s..." January 31

  • Avalanche's Barrie to return after month-long absence

    CBS Sports "Barrie (hand) will return to the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Vancouver, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports. Barrie's long awaited return ends a 13-game stint in the press box. Prior to getting hurt, the blueliner tallied six points in his previous five outings, along with 15 shots, two..." January 30

  • Avalanche rookie Sam Girard is 19, only 162 pounds and somehow one of the NHL’s most pesky defensemen

    Denver Post "Ten years ago, a 162-pound defenseman like Sam Girard had no chance to play in the NHL. Ten years ago, Girard was 9 and relatively clueless about how his hockey career would pan out. As he began moving up the ranks he was continually doubted. “I would say all of my career everybody is saying..." January 28

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Nathan MacKinnon on trading Matt Duchene: ‘It did a lot’ for Avalanche room

    Sportsnet "Matt Duchene wasn’t blamed for wanting out of Colorado, but Nathan MacKinnon didn’t deny the positive effect the blockbuster deal had on the Avalanche. MacKinnon was asked by Sportsnet’s Luke Fox on Monday about how the culture in Colorado’s dressing room has changed since Duchene was shipped..." January 22

  • What’s behind the Avalanche’s incredible turnaround season?

    Sportsnet "If the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t enter the NHL this season, the story the Colorado Avalanche are writing might be getting a heck of a lot more attention. But behind Vegas’ historic grand entrance, the Avalanche’s return to relevancy after their own historically awful 2016-17 isn’t followed by..." January 21

  • Tyson Barrie unlikely to be traded by deadline

    Yardbarker "As it is with most teams who make a surprising turnaround from one year to the next, the Colorado Avalanche, fresh off one of the worst seasons in recent memory, may not even be a seller this time around at the NHL Trade Deadline. The 2017-18 season has gone much better for the Avs, with their..." January 20

  • Johnson’s shot at Duchene makes lack of Colorado return a bummer

    Pro Hockey Talk "Through a rare scheduling quirk, Matt Duchene‘s first game as a member of the Ottawa Senators against the Colorado Avalanche was both a letdown and a case of instant gratification. The Senators faced the Avs on back-to-back games on Nov. 10 and 11, Duchene’s debut contests with Ottawa. That’s..." January 20

  • Are boiling-hot Avalanche for real? We’ll find out soon

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Colorado Avalanche’s New Year’s resolution was to never lose again, they’ve been sticking to it so far. With a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers today, the Avalanche are undefeated in 2018 (7-0-0), and that’s not even the extent of their ridiculous winning streak. They’ve now won nine..." January 20

  • 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