Avalanche Rumors & News

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Friedman: Window closed for Kyle Dubas in Colorado

    Sportsnet "On Tuesday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Colorado Avalanche had been granted permission to talk to Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas. Three days later, it looks like the window is officially closed. Friedman discussed his initial report during an..." May 26

  • 12 NHL teams will alter uniforms in 2017-18

    Sportsnet "Save up for that back-to-school shopping, hockey fans. It will soon be time to update your wardrobe. A total of 12 NHL teams are reportedly preparing alterations to their existing uniforms for the 2017-18 season, the first season under the league’s seven-year contract with new outfitter..." May 25

  • Ex-Avs' assistant: Duchene needs to 'forget about hockey for a little while'

    Denver Post "Departing Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army, who has been with the team for six seasons under three head coaches, said Wednesday night he wasn’t surprised when general manager Joe Sakic told him Tuesday that the team wasn’t exercising the club option for the second year of the two-year contract..." May 25

  • What to make of Kyle Dubas speaking with the Avalanche

    Sportsnet "Elliotte Friedman reported on Tuesday that the Toronto Maple Leafs have granted the Colorado Avalanche permission to speak to Kyle Dubas. I wasn’t a fan of the news. Dubas is a funny subject in Leaf Land. I have spoken to some people who don’t quite understand what the big deal is. Chris..." May 24

  • Looking at the NHL’s top 12 buyout candidates in 2017

    Sportsnet "Under-performing players, albatross contracts and a relatively flat 2017-18 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon hand you a get-out-jail card. But it ain’t free. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to..." May 24

  • Some big decisions looming for Colorado in goal

    Pro Hockey Talk "So, here’s what we know about the Avs’ current netminding situation: • Veteran goalie coach Francois Allaire was dismissed yesterday, after four years on the job. The 57-year-old is perhaps best remembered in Colorado for his work with Semyon Varlamov in ’13-14, when Varlamov backstopped the..." May 24

  • Maple Leafs grant Avalanche permission to speak with Kyle Dubas

    Sportsnet "The Colorado Avalanche are looking to make improvements to their front office and according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, “they asked and received permission from the Toronto Maple Leafs to talk with assistant general manager Kyle Dubas.” Friedman broke the news Tuesday during the second..." May 24

  • Avalanche considering Dwayne Roloson as coach

    Fanrag Sports "Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune reported an interesting possibility on Tuesday afternoon, when he suggested that former NHL goaltender and Anaheim Ducks netminding coach Dwayne Roloson has already interviewed with the Colorado Avalanche to replace Francois Allaire behind the bench. It was..." May 23

  • Avalanche fire Francois Allaire, 2 other coaches following abysmal season

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche announced on Tuesday that three members of their 2016-17 coaching staff will not return next season. The Avalanche, who finished with an NHL-worst 48 points this season, have dismissed assistants Tim Army and Dave Farrish, and goalie coach Francois Allaire. Army spent..." May 23

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Andrei Mironov Officially Released From KHL Contract, Will Sign With Colorado

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to agent Dan Milstein of Gold Star Hockey, Andrei Mironov has been officially granted release from his KHL contract. Mironov will sign a two-year entry-level contract shortly with the Colorado Avalanche. GM Joe Sakic was confident that the signing would go through, but still hesitated to..." May 11

  • ‘There’s going to be a lot of turnover’ in Colorado

    Pro Hockey Talk "Here’s what we know about changes in Colorado this offseason. There won’t be one at the top, as GM Joe Sakic got a vote of confidence from team president Josh Kroenke. There won’t be one behind the bench, as head coach Jared Bednar got a vote of confidence from Sakic. There will, however,..." May 09

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • As calendar turns to May, still no contract between Will Butcher and Avalanche and hope may be fading

    BNS Denver "The hope, the plan, was to have Will Butcher signed, sealed and delivered to the Colorado Avalanche by now. It hasn’t happened yet, and with every passing day closer to Aug. 15, hope grows dimmer. The University of Denver defenseman, the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best..." May 01

  • As calendar turns to May, still no contract between Will Butcher and Avalanche and hope may be fading

    BNS Denver "The hope, the plan, was to have Will Butcher signed, sealed and delivered to the Colorado Avalanche by now. It hasn’t happened yet, and with every passing day closer to Aug. 15, hope grows dimmer. The University of Denver defenseman, the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best..." April 30

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Nikita Zadorov wants to stay with Avalanche, but KHL temptation will be strong

    BNS Denver "The Kontinental Hockey League is not the laughingstock it used to be to the NHL. While there is little question that the top professional league in Russia is an overall inferior product to the NHL, that hasn’t stopped some top Russian players recently from bolting the NHL for their..." April 24

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Joe Sakic says full steam ahead, Jared Bednar included

    Denver Post "Around Joe Sakic in the American Airlines Center hallway Saturday, Avalanche players worked on their sticks and prepared for their penultimate game of the season. Sakic then addressed the lost season, repeating that the plan is in motion to get younger and faster in 2016-17, and also making it..." April 10

  • Seguin's shootout goal sends Stars past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin scored the only goal in the shootout and the Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Saturday night at American Airlines Center. Kari Lehtonen was perfect in the shootout and stopped Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen to seal the win in..." April 09

  • Sobotka scores in NHL return as Blues beat Avs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- After a couple of years of trying to get Vladimir Sobotka back from the Kontinental Hockey League, he was in the lineup for the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night and immediately made his presence known, just in time for the playoffs. Sobotka, playing his first game in the NHL..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Wild hold on to beat Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- A quick start and a crazy finish has Minnesota on the brink of franchise history. Jason Zucker scored 10 seconds into the game and the Wild survived Colorado's final push, including a disallowed goal in the final 1:14, to beat the Avalanche 4-3 on Thursday night. Nino..." April 07

  • Denver's Will Butcher wins 2017 Hobey Baker Award

    NCAA "The Hobey Baker Memorial Award announced Friday that the 2017 recipient of college hockey’s top individual prize is Will Butcher from the University of Denver. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago..." April 07

  • Five players to watch in the NCAA Frozen Four

    Sportsnet "Now that the NCCA men’s basketball championship has been decided, it’s time to move on to the next one. No, the American college hockey Frozen Four doesn’t get nearly the attention that its winter sport counterpart does. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t stories to follow or players to keep an..." April 06

  • Avalanche rally from three-goal deficit to defeat Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche are headed for another early vacation; but, against one of the top teams in the league, they played like they want to get there on a roll. Erik Johnson scored at 1:57 of overtime and the Avalanche rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • Haula, Koivu lead Wild past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Shortly before his team faced off against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday evening, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was still seething over his team's uninspired shutout loss at Nashville on Saturday. Asked what his message to the team would be, Boudreau said, "We've..." April 02

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Avalanche halt seven-game skid with shootout win

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Tyson Jost of the Colorado Avalanche got to experience a win in his NHL debut. He also got to watch the St. Louis Blues clinch a playoff spot, which has been out of reach for the Avalanche for some time. Calvin Pickard had 27 saves through overtime and two in the shootout as the..." April 01

  • Caps top Avs, move closer to Metro title

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche shut down Alex Ovechkin, but the rest of the Washington players stepped up to deliver another big win for the Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist each, and the streaking Capitals beat Colorado 5-3 on Wednesday night...." March 30

  • Avalanche sign Jost to entry-level deal, will join club for rest of season

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Tyson Jost (JOH-st) to a three-year, entry-level contract. Jost is scheduled to join the Avalanche for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. Jost, 19, was Colorado's first-round selection (10th overall) in the..." March 30

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • Flames, Monahan hand Avalanche 4-2 loss

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- The rough start that Sean Monahan and the Calgary Flames endured is a distant memory. Monahan had his most productive game of the season on Monday with a goal and three assists to lead the Flames to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Scotiabank Saddledome...." March 28

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Oilers, Brossoit beat Avalanche again

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- Laurent Brossoit made his NHL debut in April 2015. He had to wait until January 2017 to get his first NHL win. Now, in the space of three days, he's got career wins two and three. Brossoit made 23 saves as Edmonton beat last-place Colorado 4-1 on Saturday at Rogers..." March 26

  • 20 years later: Red Wings vs. Avalanche fight night is still the best

    USA Today "It has been called “Bloody Wednesday,” “The Brawl at Hockeytown” and “Fight Night at the Joe.” And if one were to borrow a movie title to describe what happened on the banks of the Detroit River that spring evening, “There Will Be Blood” would be apropos. Today marks the 20th anniversary of..." March 26

  • Oilers rally to beat Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Zack Kassian was shocked he was the only one to see the puck sitting in front of the Colorado net, so the Edmonton Oilers forward rushed toward the easy scoring chance before the ref blew his whistle or someone covered it up. "I saw it there, I was probably 10 strides away and I..." March 24