Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Sakic says length of MacKinnon contract 'up in the air'

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche retained the rights of former No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon by giving him a qualifying offer Monday, and general manager Joe Sakic assured that the Calder Trophy winner "isn't going anywhere." Though a new deal is expected, the potential contract length of a new..." June 28

  • Avalanche qualify 5 including MacKinnon and Barrie

    Today's Slapshot "The Colorado Avalanche have a lot of cap space to work with and currently sit around $2 million below the salary cap floor. That will undoubtedly change as they worth through negotiations with the seven restricted free agents they qualified today. According to the team’s official Twitter account,..." June 28

  • Avalanche to buy out veteran Brad Stuart and get younger defensively

    Denver Post "The Avalanche will buy out veteran defenseman Brad Stuart and not replace him or recently traded defenseman Nick Holden with marquee free-agent defensemen, general manager Joe Sakic said Monday. Because of Stuart’s age (36), his buyout won’t provide salary cap relief, leaving $3.6 million on..." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Alexander Radulov won’t return to NHL, signs KHL deal

    Sportsnet "It looks like a return to the NHL isn’t happening for Alexander Radulov, after all. A few months after confirming his desire to return for the 2016-17 season, the Russian forward was not able to get a deal done with an NHL club according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, and has signed a KHL..." June 26

  • Joe Sakic says Avalanche made an offer to Tyson Barrie in Buffalo

    Denver Post "Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic on Friday said he presented a contract proposal to agent Don Meehan, who represents defenseman Tyson Barrie, on Thursday night in conjunction with the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y. “We presented a long-term proposal, and we’ll see where that goes,” Sakic said...." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Rangers Acquire Nick Holden From Colorado

    Blueshirt Banter "After a completely noiseless draft in terms of trades, the New York Rangers finally made a move and brought in a defenseman. According to an official team release, the New York Rangers have acquired Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a 4th-round draft pick in 2017. In terms..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Avalanche re-sign Andreas Martinsen to 1-year deal

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday. After coming to the NHL from Germany's DEL last year, Martinsen recorded four goals and seven assists in 55 games as a rookie. He also finished fifth among first-year NHLers with 155..." June 24

  • Avalanche trade G Reto Berra for F Rocco Grimaldi

    BNS Denver "As reported on Twitter by George Richards, Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra has been traded to the Florida Panthers for center Rocco Grimaldi. Florida drafted Grimaldi in second round (33rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 23-year-old comes in at just 5’6″ and 180 pounds. He’s gifted..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Pending UFA Boedker isn’t ruling out a return to the Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "The opening of free agency isn’t far off now, but it seems there is at least a chance pending unrestricted free agent Mikkel Boedker could return to the Colorado Avalanche. Acquired from the Arizona Coyotes at the trade deadline, Boedker had 12 points in 18 games for the Avalanche, which sent..." June 19

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic says team won’t be active in July 1 free agency

    Denver Post "The Avalanche will not be active July 1, when NHL free agency begins, general manager Joe Sakic told The Denver Post. “We’re not going to be looking that day,” Sakic said. “As the summer goes on, we’ll see what good fits are. But on the July 1, don’t expect us to go after any big long-term..." June 17

  • Avalanche to let Boedker and Matthias test free agency, but will bid

    Denver Post "Sakic said unrestricted free-agent forwards Shawn Matthias and Mikkel Boedker, who were acquired before the Feb. 29 trade deadline last season, will test the market beginning July 1 but the Avs will be among those bidding for their services." June 17

  • Avs GM Joe Sakic on Tyson Barrie trade rumor, Nathan MacKinnon contract talks

    Denver Post "In an exclusive interview Thursday, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic swept away rumors that young defenseman Tyson Barrie will be traded and discussed a handful of other issues, including Nathan MacKinnon’s pending contract extension and next week’s NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y. TSN’s Bob..." June 17

  • Avs not trading Barrie, says Sakic

    Pro Hockey Talk "The restricted free agent defenseman market sure has shifted over the last couple days. After Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said he’s not looking to trade Jacob Trouba, Colorado GM Joe Sakic has said the same about his d-man, Tyson Barrie. Barrie, 24, has been one of the league’s better..." June 16

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • Report: Avalanche willing to deal big names

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche appear to be open for business. After missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the club is looking to shake things up and - according to TSN's Darren Dreger - are willing to move just about anybody to do so. "No, it's not just noise," Dreger said on TSN..." June 14

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Colorado targeting Jacob Trouba?

    Sportsnet "With the NHL Scouting Combine taking place Saturday and the draft only weeks away, trade rumours are starting to heat up again in the NHL. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday that there are a couple of teams looking to boost their blue line. One such team is the Colorado..." June 05

  • Despite being shunned by Avalanche, Will Butcher hopes to attend the team’s prospects camp

    Denver Post "University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher was named 2016-17 captain on Thursday, taking over for the graduated Grant Arnold, the first Colorado native to don the C for two seasons. I spoke to Butcher — a 2013 fifth-round Avalanche draft pick — about the honor Thursday, when he was settling..." June 03

  • Strong chance Avalanche's Barrie could be traded

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Friday morning. As part of a larger discussion on the Trade Bait board of TSN’s Frank Seravalli, and on if he sees that many top right-shot defensemen (Tyson Barrie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Sami Vatanen are listed at 2, 3, and 5) being in play given how..." June 03

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Matt Duchene believes the Avalanche were afraid to lose in 2015-16

    Denver Post "It can get a bit confusing, or perhaps redundant. The International Ice Hockey Federation stages annual World Championships in the spring, and the participating NHL players come from teams that don’t make the playoffs or are eliminated early. Even if available, many big names pass (or aren’t..." May 29

  • Max Talbot signs in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this week, we passed along word that veteran NHLer Max Talbot was contemplating a move to Europe. On Friday, that move was made official. KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl announced that Talbot has agreed to a one-year contract. " May 27

  • Avalanche Signs Sergei Boikov

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche has signed defenseman Sergei Boikov to a three-year, entry-level contract. Boikov completed his third campaign with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2015-16, where he recorded 26 points (six goals and 201 assists), 73 penalty..." May 27

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Colorado inks defensive prospect Anton Lindholm

    Pro Hockey Talk "After establishing himself in the Swedish league, Anton Lindholm will head to North America. The Colorado Avalanche announced that they have signed the 21-year-old defenseman to a three-year, entry-level contract. They selected Lindholm in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. More of..." May 25

  • Tyson Barrie reportedly available via trade, would satisfy Rangers’ desire to get younger

    New York Daily News "There hasn’t been this much reason to be excited about a Tyson since Evander Holyfield had his ear bitten off. Tyson Barrie, the smooth-skating and puck-moving Colorado Avalanche defenseman set to hit restricted free agency on July 1 and turn 25 on July 26, reportedly could be available via..." May 18

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Avs lose another to Europe, as Everberg signs in Sweden

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just four days after Joey Hishon signed with KHL club Jokerit, another Colorado player has inked overseas — on Friday, SHL club Vaxjo announced it had agreed to terms with Dennis Everberg. Everberg, 24, appeared in 70 games over the last two seasons with the Avs. His best effort came during the..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Avalanche plans don't seem to include college players

    Denver Post "The Avalanche is not interested in free agent Drake Caggiula, the NCAA Frozen Four MVP from North Dakota. Caggiula, who scored two of his four Frozen Four goals against Denver in the national semifinals this month, has whittled down a long list of suitors to the Sabres, Blackhawks, Oilers,..." May 01

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Avalanche Signs JT Compher

    NHL.com "JT Compher will forego his his senior season at the University of Michigan. The Colorado Avalanche signed the forward to a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday. Compher captained of the University of Michigan Wolverines last season in a standout junior campaign that saw him put up 63..." April 25

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Varlamov: Avalanche are ‘waiting’ on Radulov

    Pro Hockey Talk "Semyon Varlamov would love to have Alexander Radulov join the Colorado Avalanche for next season. The Avs’ starting goalie, over in Russia for the world championship, said so to Russian newspaper Sport Express." April 22