Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Nathan MacKinnon Talks News System Under Bednar

    Denver Post "Center Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Erik Johnson went through off-ice video study of new coach Jared Bednar’s systems to get caught up as much as possible with their teammates Sunday, then practiced with the Avalanche Monday at Family Sports Center. Both were back after their teams didn’t..." September 27

  • Eric Gelinas ready to write off last season and claim a spot on Avalanche defense

    Denver Post "On March 18 in Calgary, Avalanche defenseman Eric Gelinas got tangled up with a Flames’ skater behind the net. “It wasn’t even a hard hit,” Gelinas, 25, said at Avalanche training camp Saturday. “It was one of those funky accidents. I was just tying to get the guy in and wait for him to get on..." September 25

  • Colorado Avalanche uncertain on how it will use Semyon Varlamov, Calvin Pickard in goal

    Denver Post "In an 82-game NHL season, a solid backup goalie typically gets 20-30 starts, and that number usually depends on how much work or rest the No. 1 goalie desires. For the Avalanche this season, it’s all up in the air for a variety of reasons. Russian Semyon Varlamov, 28, is still Colorado’s No. 1..." September 23

  • Avalanche sign winger Jiri Tlusty to PTO

    Today's Slapshot "Colorado Avalanche have signed 28-year-old winger Jiri Tlusty to a PTO. Tlusty spent last season with the New Jersey Devils, but was limited to just 30 games due to a combination of injuries, most notably a ligament tear in his wrist which ultimately required surgery, ruling him out for the..." September 20

  • Canucks sign Jack Skille to PTO

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed right wing Jack Skille to a professional try-out contract. Skille, 29, appeared in 74 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season, registering 14 points (8-6-14) along with 11 penalty minutes. The 6-1,..." September 19

  • Mikko Rantanen Suffers Apparent Right Leg Injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "5:51pm: Mike Chambers reports that the injury is an ankle sprain and nothing serious. 5:16pm: According to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen was helped off the ice in today’s rookie tournament game with a right-leg injury. Chambers calls it “trouble”,..." September 18

  • Mikko Rantanen looks forward to his first full NHL season

    Denver Post "Mikko Rantanen made his NHL debut at age 18 last October, but considering what happened in the ensuing months, that wasn’t the highlight of his hockey season. The Avalanche’s 2015 first-round draft pick captained host Finland to the World Junior Championship gold medal in Helsinki before..." September 18

  • Mikko Rantanen to Miss 2-4 Weeks

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche’s top prospect Mikko Rantanen is on a mission to make the team’s opening night lineup. That plan hit a serious impediment Saturday when he was injured during a prospects scrimmage. Saturday, the team termed it a minor ankle sprain, and Sunday they announced that he’s..." September 18

  • Nikita Zadorov is a key piece to the Avalanche’s blue-line puzzle

    Denver Post "A year ago on the first day of Avalanche training camp, newly acquired young defenseman Nikita Zadorov was asked if he had any doubts on making the opening-night roster and playing the entire season in the NHL. The big Russian didn’t like the question, despite being just 20 years old and in the..." September 17

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost on different development paths for Avalanche

    Denver Post "In consecutive drafts, the Avalanche believes it selected a sure-fire future NHL player with the No. 10 pick. Colorado expects Mikko Rantanen (2015 draft) and Tyson Jost (2016) to become top-six forwards and have a chance for stardom. But because of where they come from, Rantanen, 19, is..." September 16

  • Report: With Roy gone, the Avs have hired a couple of analytics experts

    Pro Hockey Talk "Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but one month after Patrick Roy’s abrupt resignation comes a report that the Colorado Avalanche have hired a couple of analytics experts. OK, it’s probably not a coincidence. From BSN Denver: Earlier today, BSN Denver confirmed through various sources the..." September 15

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Bednar promises 'definite changes' to improve Avalanche

    NHL.com "Jared Bednar always believed he eventually would get an opportunity to reach the NHL as a coach, something that never happened for him as a player. Bednar, 44, who was hired as Colorado Avalanche coach Aug. 25, was formally introduced in the locker room at a Pepsi Center news conference..." September 01

  • Avalanche's Gabriel Bourque: Set to attend Avalanche's camp on PTO

    CBS Sports "Bourque will attend the Avalanche's training camp on a professional tryout agreement, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports." September 01

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Avalanche’s Jared Bednar joins long list of NHL coaches who came from AHL

    Denver Post "The new Avalanche coach had been waiting for a question about never having coached in the NHL before, and when it didn’t come, he brought up the subject himself as the news conference was about to end. “I was surprised that no one asked me a question about experience and stuff like that,” he..." August 27

  • Jared Bednar’s Avalanche staff uncertain; Patrick Roy’s support staff might be retained

    Denver Post "The Avalanche’s coaching staff could be completely overhauled or just tweaked at the top. New head coach Jared Bednar might keep Patrick Roy’s support staff or bring in his own crew. Avs general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday that Roy’s assistant coaches Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Nolan Pratt..." August 26

  • Bednar the Avs' 1st head coach with no previous ties to organization

    NHL.com "Jared Bednar was named coach of the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. "I was certainly happy to be considered and I'm ecstatic to have been named head coach and I'm looking forward to getting to work," the 44-year-old said. "When I started coaching, my ultimate goal was obviously to get to the..." August 26

  • Jared Bednar Hired As Avs Coach

    Columbus Dispatch "The Colorado Avalanche are on the verge of hiring Jared Bednar as coach, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger. Bednar was coach of the Blue Jackets' minor-league affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, winning the AHL's Calder Cup last spring." August 25

  • Avs Give Rene Bourque a PTO: Report

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Rene Bourque to a professional tryout (PTO), according to James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail. The former University of Wisconsin Badger most recently spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets, putting up three goals and eight points in 49 games last..." August 25

  • Boughner and Dineen ‘major candidates’ for Avs gig, Arniel out

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just weeks after Patrick Roy’s shock departure, Colorado’s search for a new head coach appears to be taking shape. There’s plenty to get into, so let’s go bullet points: • Per the Denver Post, a pair of assistant coaches — San Jose’s Bob Boughner and Chicago’s Kevin Dineen — have emerged as..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • The Avalanche core isn’t the problem, they just need some help

    Pro Hockey Talk "Three years ago the Colorado Avalanche came out of nowhere to win 52 games and surprisingly take the Central Division crown during the 2013-14 season. Even though there were a lot of red flags that came along with that success (they weren’t a good defensive team and they were one of the worst..." August 20

  • Ex-Avs winger Brad Larsen a candidate for head coaching job

    Denver Post "The Avalanche coaching search is continuing over the weekend, with Colorado and general manager Joe Sakic seeking a “teacher”-type who can nurture the franchise’s younger players and get the most out of the much-cited and much-challenged “core.” Brad Larsen, the former Avalanche winger who now..." August 20

  • Colorado Coaching Search Down To Four

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers reports today that the short list of candidates for the vacant head coaching job with the Colorado Avalanche is down to four, three of which would be first-time NHL skippers: Jared Bednar, Travis Green, and Lane Lambert as well as Scott Arniel. Following the..." August 18

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Ben Smith, journeyman right wing, signs with Colorado Avalanche

    Denver Post "Bolstering depth in the organization and perhaps on the NHL roster, the Avalanche Tuesday signed right wing Ben Smith to a one-year, two-way deal. Smith, 28, has split his professional career between the NHL and the American Hockey League, and has 27 goals and 23 assists in 197 NHL games with..." August 16

  • Two months before season opener, Avs have to answer: Who’s next behind the bench?

    Denver Post "Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic hadn’t expected to have to call the hockey staff together for this kind of meeting in the middle of August, but he said Thursday that the search for Patrick Roy’s successor as coach would begin immediately. “Myself and my staff are going to get together..." August 14

  • Avalanche's Johnson: 'We loved playing for Patty'

    The Score "The transition between coaches won't be an easy one for the Colorado Avalanche. The club watched as Patrick Roy shocked the hockey world on Thursday, announcing he was leaving the team. The news was hard to take for players, especially defenseman Erik Johnson, who learned about the news after..." August 12

  • 3 reasons Colorado shouldn't hire Bob Hartley

    The Score "When Patrick Roy announced Thursday he was leaving the Colorado Avalanche as head coach and vice president of hockey operations, one of the names immediately linked to the vacancy behind the bench was Bob Hartley. General manager Joe Sakic said the team will look outside the organization for a..." August 12

  • Sakic: Avalanche will look outside team for new coach

    The Score "The search for the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche is about to begin. Following Thursday's news that head coach Patrick Roy had decided to leave the team, general manager Joe Sakic told reporters the team will look outside its own ranks for the replacement." August 12

  • Patrick Roy parts ways with Avalanche organization

    Sportsnet "Patrick Roy has left his position as head coach and vice president of hockey operations with the Colorado Avalanche. The former goaltender and four-time Stanley Cup champion was named was named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche in May of 2013. In three seasons..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Avalanche's Barrie out to prove his defensive game is up to par

    The Score "Tyson Barrie and the Colorado Avalanche were able to come to terms on a new deal, but not before the two sides went through the arbitration process. The defenseman signed a four-year, $22-million contract before the ruling came down, and the hearing opened his eyes in terms of perceived..." August 04

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Tyson Barrie signs four-year deal with Avalanche

    Sportsnet "Tyson Barrie has signed a four-year, $22-million contract with the Colorado Avalanche. The defenceman had 13 goals and 49 points in 78 games last season, while earning $3.2 million." July 31

  • Gabriel Landeskog hopes his concussion story helps others

    Pro Hockey Talk "When you’re an impossibly young captain of the Colorado Avalanche, it’s probably tough to choose your own health over the best interests of your team. That scenario presented itself to Gabriel Landeskog, and he decided to fight through the pain. As you can see in the video above, he regrets the..." July 30

  • Avalanche's Barrie becomes 1st player to have arbitration hearing in 2016

    The Score "For the first time this offseason, player and team met with an independent arbitrator in order to determine the value of his next contract. In this case, it's Tyson Barrie and the Colorado Avalanche who were unable to reach a deal prior to the hearing date, unlike all others scheduled up to..." July 29

  • Tyson Barrie, Avalanche scheduled for Friday arbitration hearing in Toronto

    Denver Post "The Avalanche and restricted free-agent defenseman Tyson Barrie are scheduled to go through a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday at 7 a.m. MDT, but it remains possible that the two sides will agree to contract terms before the hearing opens, leading to its cancellation. In fact,..." July 29

  • New Jersey Devils Sign Brandon Gormley

    HockeyBuzz "The New Jersey Devils have signed Brandon Gormley in effort to improve the organization's depth on defense. Gormley put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way contract that would earn him $650,000 at the NHL level. The former 13th overall pick (2010) was highly regarded coming out of junior,..." July 29

  • Will things really work out swell for Barrie & Avs?

    Edmonton Journal "This in from reporter Adrian Dater of Bleacher Report, a long-time chronicler of the Colorado Avs, who writes that the July 29 arbitration hearing between Tyson Barrie and the Colorado Avs just might be a “welcome relief” for both sides. “The Avs, an NHL source told me, aren’t sweating the..." July 27

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27