Avalanche Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Matt Duchene responds to Peter Forsberg’s “bench and trade” interview

    Denver Post "Following the Avalanche’s 4-0 win Monday against the Boston Bruins, Matt Duchene said he didn’t take Peter Forsberg’s comments about him personally. Forsberg, an Avalanche legend and 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, said the Avs should “bench and trade” Duchene, who reported to training camp..." October 10

  • Avs coach rejects Peter Forsberg's views on how to handle Duchene

    Denver Post "Avalanche coach Jared Bednar met with the media before Monday’s Columbus Day matinee against the Boston Bruins and said he has not seen what former Avs center Peter Forsberg said he suggests the team should do with center Matt Duchene. But Bednar has much to say about what has become one of the..." October 09

  • Peter Forsberg says he'd bench and trade Duchene

    Denver Post "During a Swedish broadcast of the Avalanche-New Jersey Devils game Saturday in Newark, N.J., former Avs center and Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg was a guest in-studio analyst and said Colorado should “bench and trade” disgruntled center Matt Duchene. Duchene, who is visibly unhappy to be..." October 09

  • Colorado Avalanche Claim Patrik Nemeth

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Dallas Stars took a chance when they waived defenseman Patrik Nemeth to try and send him to the AHL yesterday, and they didn’t get away with it. The Colorado Avalanche have claimed Nemeth off waivers, and will add him to their roster for the start of the season. Nemeth, 25, spent 40 games..." October 03

  • Blue Jackets 'very, very much' still in the mix for Avalanche's Matt Duchene

    Fanrag Sports "With the NHL’s 2017-18 regular season set to begin next week, Matt Duchene remains a member of the Colorado Avalanche. It’s not a lack of interest in the 26-year-old forward that’s precluding a trade from being consummated, it’s simply that general manager Joe Sakic has stood firm on meeting a..." October 01

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Jared Cowen among players released from tryouts today

    Pro Hockey Talk "So, is Jared Cowen going to torch the Colorado Avalanche this time around? During his PTO with the Avs, Cowen criticized the “joke” of a buyout experience he had with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now that’s over, as Cowen headlined Wednesday’s list of players released from their tryouts. Cowen..." September 28

  • Colorado Avalanche release Jared Cowen from PTO

    CBS Sports "Cowen was released from his professional try out with the Avalanche on Wednesday. A2009 first-round pick, Cowen attempted to earn a roster spot with the Avalanche on short notice after having the final year of his contract with the Maple Leafs bought out." September 27

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Avalanche tough guy A.J. Greer says his nastiness comes naturally

    Denver Post "Avalanche rookie A.J. Greer emerged from the trainer’s room Thursday night with a bloody right hand, which was protected by a surgical glove. He said the wound was from a previous fight — not the one he had just been in with Dallas’ Greg Pateryn. Pateryn got the better of Greer in that fight..." September 22

  • Russian Nikita Zadorov finally reports to Avalanche camp

    Denver Post "Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov finally reported to training camp Thursday morning, nearly a week after signing a contract extension. The 22-year-old Russian was held up in Ottawa, Ontario, because of issues with his immigration papers. “It usually takes a few days to get it,” Zadorov said..." September 22

  • Eight teams interested in Avs' Duchene

    TSN "Matt Duchene's next destination remains a mystery as he spends training camp with the Colorado Avalanche awaiting a trade. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, as many as eight teams have contacted Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic about Duchene, but no deal appears to be..." September 20

  • Alexander Kerfoot gets the call to play with Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen in the Avalanche’s preseason opener

    Denver Post "Harvard graduate Alexander Kerfoot will make his NHL preseason debut Tuesday playing left wing on a line with veterans Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. The thing is, Kerfoot is the old man of the Avalanche’s top line. He’s 23. MacKinnon, who is beginning his fifth NHL season, turned 22 on..." September 19

  • Senators aggressive in pursuit of Avs' Duchene

    Ottawa Sun "The Ottawa Senators have done more than kick tires on disgruntled Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene. Sources say Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of the 26-year-old Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to..." September 19

  • Dreger and LeBrun scan Duchene trade landscape

    Fanrag Sports "Darren Dreger was drilled for his latest thoughts on the matter during a Monday afternoon radio hit on Edmonton’s TSN 1260, and was asked what, in his eyes, will be the domino that moves this situation along. “It seems like it’s going to have to be the right defenseman,” said Dreger. “At the..." September 19

  • Matt Duchene just taking things one day at a time

    BNS Denver "Matt Duchene broke his silence today at Colorado Avalanche headquarters, sort of. Briefly speaking to reporters and team media after Avs practice Monday, Duchene essentially gave non-answers to questions about what he sees for his future with the team. “I’m taking things one day at a time,”..." September 19

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Jared Cowen, after bitter departure from Maple Leafs, hoping for new life with Avalanche

    BNS Denver "Jared Cowen is no fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I wish teams would have more of an interest in taking better care of their players instead of whatever their goal or mindset was there,” Cowen, at Colorado Avalanche training camp on a professional tryout, said Friday. Cowen was acquired by..." September 16

  • Nikita Zadorov Expected To Sign With Colorado Avalanche Today

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though he’s quick to point out that things are not official yet, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver believes that the Colorado Avalanche will announce a contract for Nikita Zadorov at some point today. Zadorov is one of three remaining restricted free agents who are currently not in camp with their..." September 15

  • Avalanche sign Zadorov to 2-year deal worth reported $4.3M

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Colorado Avalanche haven’t resolved their biggest issue in trading Matt Duchene, but they reportedly took care of a more direct deadline on Friday. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the Avs have a two-year deal in the works for RFA defenseman Nikita Zadorov, while TSN’s Pierre..." September 15

  • Would Duchene for Ryan Murray, Boone Jenner trade make sense for Avs, Blue Jackets?

    Pro Hockey Talk "With Colorado Avalanche training camp looming on Thursday, the urge to trade Matt Duchene might rise. For some Avs fans, it could be as much about getting some closure as anything else. Now, it’s important to note that there’s no word on a trade being close. Really, there are plenty of..." September 14

  • Avs' Duchene arrives in Denver ahead of camp

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche open training camp on Thursday and, according to BSN Denver, Matt Duchene has arrived in Denver. Duchene skipped voluntary skates with his Colorado Avalanche teammates last week, leading to speculation he could hold out during camp. His agent refused to commit to whether..." September 14

  • Milan Hejduk to join ranks of Avalanche greats to have number retired

    Sporting News "The rafters inside Denver's Pepsi Center display a who's who of hockey greats: Patrick Roy. Ray Bourque. Peter Forsberg. Joe Sakic. Adam Foote. Milan Hejduk is about to join their company. The Avalanche on Wednesday announced they'll retire Hejduk's No. 23 this season during a pregame..." September 13

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • Matt Duchene a no-show at optional Avalanche charity golf tournament

    Denver Post "Forty-eight hours before he is scheduled to report for training camp, Avalanche center Matt Duchene continued to keep his distance from the team that has attempted to trade him since before the March 1 trade deadline and throughout the summer. Duchene, the only veteran under contract who did..." September 13

  • Analyzing five potential trade destinations for Matt Duchene

    Sportsnet "What are you expecting to get from Matt Duchene if you trade for him? A Calder Trophy finalist in his rookie season, Duchene’s production has been all over the map in his eight-season career. Peaking as nearly a point-per-game player in 2012-13 and 2013-14 (43 points in 47 games and 70 in 71..." September 12

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic expects Matt Duchene at camp

    BNS Denver "Joe Sakic emerged from behind a curtain, a line of demarcation between him, his Colorado Avalanche staff and any nosy media people, after the second period of Saturday’s “Rookie Showcase” tournament game between the Avs and San Jose Sharks at the host’s normal practice rink. He looked tanned..." September 10

  • Varlamov confident ‘all the injuries are behind me’ as he returns from surgery

    Denver Post "Six months after his second hip surgery, Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was moving with the cat-like quickness that won him a franchise-record 41 games in 2013-14. It was just an informal captain’s practice last week at Family Sports Center, but Varlamov was challenging shooters with authority...." September 10

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Jared Cowen has ‘a lot of work to do’ if he wants to stick with Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "Last season didn’t go as planned for defenseman Jared Cowen. After undergoing hip surgery for the third time, he was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and was forced to sit out the entire 2016-17 season. This off-season, Cowen was able to land a professional tryout with the Colorado..." September 07

  • Will Duchene report to camp?

    TSN "Training camps don’t open for another nine days, but Matt Duchene’s conspicuous absence from a voluntary skate in Denver on Tuesday raised suspicion he may not be with the Avalanche when camp begins. Duchene was the only Colorado forward other than Nathan MacKinnon – who is attending the..." September 07

  • As trade rumors swirl, Landeskog expects Duchene ‘to be here’ for Avs training camp

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trade speculation involving Matt Duchene has been rampant for months, with Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic recently confirming he’ll continue to listen to trade offers from other clubs. According to multiple reports, Duchene was absent from a voluntary skate on Tuesday, as players..." September 06

  • Avalanche sign ex-Sens D Cowen to PTO

    TSN "Jared Cowen will join the Colorado Avalanche for training camp on a professional tryout as he looks to make his return to the NHL. Cowen, 26, last played on Feb. 26, 2016 before he was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the return for Dion Phaneuf. He posted..." August 29

  • Avs' Colborne: 'Every single one of us has to be better'

    Denver Post "Judging from his self-induced bag skate after most players hit the showers Friday, Avalanche forward Joe Colborne is focused on having a much better season than 2016-17, when he had one goal in his final 61 games and Colorado finished with a league-low 48 points. From inside the University of..." August 26

  • Harvard star Kerfoot to sign with Avalanche

    TSN "Harvard standout forward Alex Kerfoot will be joining the Colorado Avalanche, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. The 23-year-old will sign an entry-level contract with the club after becoming a free agent last week when his rights with the New Jersey Devils expired. Dreger..." August 23

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22