Avalanche Rumors & News

  • 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 25

  • 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

  • Beauchemin signs with Ducks, returns to Anaheim once again

    Sportsnet "Veteran defenceman Francois Beauchemin has signed a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks, TVA’s Renaud Lavoie is reporting. The deal is for $1 million, plus performance bonuses. Beauchemin, 37, had five goals and 18 points in 81 games with the Colorado Avalanche this past season. He was bought..." August 21

  • Colorado Eagles will become the Colorado Avalanche’s primary AHL affiliate

    Denver Post "The Avalanche will announce an upgraded minor-league partnership with the Loveland-based Colorado Eagles next month, with the current ECHL team becoming the 31st American Hockey League franchise, according to two sources close to the situation. Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Avs’ top..." August 19

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic: Matt Duchene trade talks 'quiet on all fronts'

    Sporting News "Matt Duchene's messy divorce from the Avalanche is inevitable, but not imminent. Long the subject of trade speculation, general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday he expects the star center to attend training camp in Colorado when the team reconvenes later this month. And while he remains open for..." August 17

  • Avalanche Signs Toninato

    Real GM Hockey "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season. Toninato became a college free agent on Aug. 15. Toninato, 23, wrapped up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior..." August 16

  • Avalanche have a ton of flexibility – and questions to answer

    Pro Hockey Talk "When you take a gander at the Colorado Avalanche’s Cap Friendly page, you may first notice a few things: The terrifying lack of quality defensemen beyond Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie, and Mark Barberio. The terrifying lack of talent to compliment the few quality players beyond those..." August 14

  • How Avs can inflate trade value for Duchene, Landeskog

    Pro Hockey Talk "Much has been made about teams needing to strike gold with high draft picks to successfully complete a rebuild, and it’s difficult to argue otherwise. Even so, some of the smarter teams also expedited their healing processes by smartly moving guys who simply weren’t part of the future, saving..." August 14

  • Yakupov a worthy gamble for the Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "As far as No. 1 overall picks go few have had a more disappointing start to their career than 2012 selection Nail Yakupov. Just five years after being selected with the top pick, Yakupov has managed just 53 goals in five seasons and is already on his third different team. The Edmonton Oilers..." August 13

  • Joe Sakic is under pressure

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the six years that Joe Sakic has been a part of the Colorado Avalanche front office the team has qualified for the playoffs just one time. That season proved to be the outlier in what has been a pretty extensive run of mediocrity as the team has taken some significant steps backwards. Is he..." August 13

  • Adam Foote leaving coaching role with Avalanche

    BNS Denver "Adam Foote, one of five Avalanche players to have their number retired, who has worked for the organization as a defensive coach at times since retiring as a player, has officially departed the organization. The Avalanche confirmed that Foote, 46, has left the organization to spend more time..." August 12

  • Why the Colorado Avalanche should stop playing and trade Matt Duchene (or not)

    CBS Sports "Five months after his name headlined candidates to be moved at the NHL trade deadline, the Colorado Avalanche's Matt Duchene has yet to be moved. This despite persistent speculation both before, during and long after the start of free agency this summer that Avs general manager Joe Sakic would..." August 07

  • The Colorado Avalanche were awful last season, so why aren't they actively upgrading their roster?

    ESPN "When the 2016-17 season ended, the Colorado Avalanche looked likely to be one of the league's most active teams this summer. The Avalanche had just 48 points last season -- the worst total in the league by 21. Colorado couldn't keep the puck out of its own net, allowing an NHL-worst 3.37 goals..." August 06

  • A contract between Nikita Zadorov and the Avalanche appears “close”

    BNS Denver "There is no danger of Nikita Zadorov leaving the Avalanche for the Kontinential Hockey League, and progress has been made in reaching a new contract with the Avs, sources tell BSN Denver. “Trust me, they will have a deal. You can count on it,” said one source familiar with the negotiations..." August 05

  • Duchene 'pretty relaxed' despite swirling trade rumors

    NHL.com "Matt Duchene said Tuesday he's maintaining a low stress level while rumors continue that the Colorado Avalanche are seeking to trade him. "I think right now I'm pretty relaxed," the forward told TSN. "I know whatever's going to happen is going to happen and I don't really have control of..." August 02

  • Jost determined to land roster spot with Avalanche

    NHL.com "Center Tyson Jost isn't one to take anything for granted, and that includes beginning this season with the Colorado Avalanche. That's why the No. 10 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft spent two months in Colorado starting in late May to work out on and off the ice before heading to Kelowna, British..." July 30

  • Which front office inspires least confidence among fans? The Avs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Over at the Hockey News this week Dom Luszczyszyn published his yearly front office confidence ranking, compiled by polling fans of the (now) 31 NHL teams to see who has their most faith in their team’s management. And the least confidence. After compiling more than 1,300 votes, Luszcyszyn..." July 30

  • Avalanche Re-Sign Rocco Grimaldi, Add Jesse Graham

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche are closing in on having all of their restricted free agents re-signed. Only big defenseman Nikita Zadorov will be left without a deal once the Avs finalize a new extension with young center Rocco Grimaldi. BSN Denver’s Adrian Dater reports that the one-year, two-way..." July 26

  • Will Butcher to become unrestricted free agent Aug. 15, deal with Avalanche highly unlikely

    BNS Denver "Will Butcher, the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner from the University of Denver, has officially decided to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent Aug. 15, BSN Denver can reveal. “We informed the Avalanche of that decision,” Butcher’s agent, Brian Bartlett, told BSN Denver. “We appreciate..." July 26

  • Duchene and Landeskog haven’t clicked in Colorado

    TSN "Although the NHL off-season has entered a near hiatus for the next eight weeks, we’re still waiting for the shoe to drop on a couple of expected moves. One of those concerns the fate of Matt Duchene in Colorado. Duchene’s name has been on the trade block for some time. It’s not entirely clear..." July 24

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Top three best and most likely landing spots in Matt Duchene trade market

    CBS Sports "The trade market for Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, once considered a near-lock to be moved either during this past season season or in advance of this summer's free agency, has been rather quiet. But it isn't quite dead yet, if reports from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and ongoing..." July 16

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