Avalanche Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 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..." July 14

  • Avalanche forwards provide reason for optimism

    NHL.com "Following the abrupt resignation of coach Patrick Roy on Aug. 11 and the hiring of Jared Bednar less than three weeks before training camp, the Colorado Avalanche had 48 points last season, the fewest in the NHL by 21 points. The Avalanche have failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs three..." July 13

  • Duchene could start next season with Avs

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you’ve been wondering why Matt Duchene is still a member of the Colorado Avalanche, here’s an update from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman: Everyone decided to take a deep breath and go back to their corners when Matt Duchene wasn’t traded July 1. It sounds like everyone is realizing the..." July 13

  • Avalanche Adds Bennett, Parkkila to Coaching Staff

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has hired Ray Bennett as an assistant coach and Jussi Parkkila as goaltending coach. Bennett and Parkkila will join current assistant Nolan Pratt on Jared Bednar's coaching staff. "Ray brings a tremendous amount of NHL..." July 08

  • Zadorov has ‘mutual agreement’ with KHL, but waiting for better offer from Avs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Restricted free agent defenseman Nikita Zadorov has a mutual agreement with KHL team CSKA Moscow, but is waiting until the end of July to get a better offer from the Colorado Avalanche according to Igor Eronko of Russian news outlet Sport-Express. The 22-year-old Zadorov said, via Eronko, that..." July 08

  • Going home: Grigorenko signs three-year deal in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mikhail Grigorenko’s short stint in the NHL has come to an end (for now). The 23-year-old will continue his career in the KHL, as he’s signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow. Grigorenko was selected in the first round, 12th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He..." July 07

  • If nothing else, Avalanche should give Yakupov a real chance at redemption

    Pro Hockey Talk "When word surfaced that the Colorado Avalanche signed fledgling former No.1 overall pick Nail Yakupov, a lot of people snickered. Plenty of others shrugged their shoulders and said, “Why not?” The logic for the latter reaction is that the Avalanche have been abysmal, so they have little to..." July 05

  • Darren Dreger 'I still think Matt Duchene has to go'

    Fanrag Sports "Matt Duchene is still a member of the Colorado Avalanche. Between all of the anticipated activity surrounding the expansion draft, the entry draft, and free agency, it’s now July 4 and the long-rumored trade of the 26-year-old forward has somehow not yet materialized. NHL Insider Darren..." July 05

  • Can Avalanche turn Nail Yakupov's career around where others have failed?

    BNS Denver "There’s always going to be that one team, that one coach, that one general manager who thinks they will be the ones able to rehabilitate the once-promising-now-on-the-skids player around. When you’re a former first overall pick, there is always one more team willing to take a chance on you, even..." July 05

  • Avalanche sign 2012 top pick Yakupov

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche have signed former first-overall pick Nail Yakupov. The team did not announce the details of the deal but Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports it's a one-year contract. Yakupov was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer until the St. Louis Blues..." July 04

  • Bruins Talking To Avalanche About Potential Matt Duchene Trade

    CBS Boston "The Bruins stuck to low-risk signings on the first two days of NHL free agency, but they could be trying to acquire a bigger name via trade. The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline tweeted on Sunday that the Blue Jackets were talking about a potential trade with the Avalanche involving forward..." July 04

  • Rebuilding Avalanche counting on unproven youth

    Denver Post "En route to a club-record low 22 wins and 48 points last season – the NHL’s fewest points since the expansion Atlanta Thrashers opened business with 39 points in 1999-2000 — the Avalanche was relatively quiet at the March 1 trade deadline and then didn’t acquire any additional draft choices in..." July 02

  • Blue Jackets try to work out deal for Matt Duchene

    Columbus Dispatch "While the rest of the NHL celebrated the opening of free agency on Saturday, the Blue Jackets continued their pursuit of a top-six center by holding exhaustive trade talks with the Colorado Avalanche. As of late Saturday, the Blue Jackets had not pried center Matt Duchene off the Avalanche..." July 02

  • Avalanche Re-Sign Joe Cannata; Sign Andrew Agozzino and David Warsofsky

    Hockey Fights "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Andrew Agozzino and defenseman David Warsofsky to two-year contracts through the 2018-19 season and goaltender Joe Cannata to a one-year deal for the 2017-18 campaign. This will be the second stint with the..." July 01

  • Joe Sakic not caving on Matt Duchene trade demands

    BNS Denver "As the wait for a Matt Duchene trade keeps turning more and more into the hockey version of “Waiting For Godot”, Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic seems utterly unfazed by impatient fans (and media) screaming for him to “Do something!” As far as Duchene is concerned, he is a member..." July 01

  • Predators trade Colin Wilson to Avalanche for fourth round pick

    TSN "The Nashville Predators have traded Colin Wilson to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019. The 27-year-old finished with 12 goals and 23 assists in 70 games for the Predators last season. Wilson has two years left on his contract at $3.94 million per season. " July 01

  • Avalanche to sign goaltender Jonathan Bernier on NHL free-agent market

    BNS Denver "Jonathan Bernier, a one-time No. 1 goaltender with the Toronto Maple Leafs who had a strong season with the Anaheim Ducks in a backup role in 2016-17, will sign a new free-agent contract with the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, NHL sources tell BSNDenver. Terms of the contract are not yet..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets, Preds submit offers for Duchene

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators have both made offers to the Colorado Avalanche for forward Matt Duchene, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Dreger reports, however, that the Avalanche are continuing to play the waiting game until their price is met on the..." June 30

  • Jackets offer Ryan Murray as part of package to get Duchene

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Blue Jackets have reportedly offered defenseman Ryan Murray as part of a package to get forward Matt Duchene out of Colorado. Per Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Jackets would also include another roster player, prospect, or draft pick. It certainly makes sense that the two..." June 30

  • Avalanche Need Depth in Free Agency

    The Hockey Writers "After their dismal 48-point season and the fact that Matt Duchene seems likely to be traded during the offseason, it’s clear that the Colorado Avalanche are entering another rebuild. Therefore, the team should avoid making any big splashes when free agency opens up this Saturday, July 1. With..." June 30

  • Let’s all take a deep breath regarding the Matt Duchene situation

    BNS Denver "Look, I’m on record already: It will be way, way too uncomfortable a situation if Matt Duchene somehow winds up in training camp, still a member of the Colorado Avalanche. He’s going to feel like Oliver Twist, after being paraded around town by Mr. Bumble singing “Boy For Sale.” In this case,..." June 29

  • Penguins interested in Matt Duchene

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the teams that may be trying to acquire center Matt Duchene in a trade from the Colorado Avalanche, NHL Network's Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday on "NHL Tonight." "I wouldn't be surprised if in a stealth way Pittsburgh is kind of interested," Friedman..." June 28

  • Avalanche parts ways with Mikhail Grigorenko; Siemens given qualifying offer

    BNS Denver "The list of restricted free-agent players the Avalanche tendered qualifying offers to was released Monday afternoon, and probably a player who wasn’t qualified made as much news as those that were. The Avs chose not to given talented but mercurial forward Mikhail Grigorenko an offer, which..." June 28

  • Avalanche signs forward Sven Andrighetto to two-year, $2.8 million deal

    BNS Denver "He came to the Avalanche late last season from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for power forward Andreas Martinsen. It seemed like one of those “who cares?” kinds of deals, with one team trading their lower-level scrub for another. Except, Sven Andrighetto became a much more than just a..." June 28

  • Duchene Tops List Of Likely Trade Candidates

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Count Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Duchene as the most likely player to be traded in the offseason. TSN released its Trade Bait list Saturday with Duchene, Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk and Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf leading the list of players who are likely to find themselves a new home for the..." June 25

  • Predators interested in Duchene

    TSN "The Nashville Predators are interested in Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, but not at a cost of a defenceman. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports the Predators would like Duchene, but if the asking price for Duchene is a defenceman, Nashville will likely not be a fit. TSN Hockey..." June 22

  • Avalanche exposes Calvin Pickard to expansion Vegas Golden Knights

    Denver Post "In advance of Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft in Las Vegas, the league announced each team’s protected list Sunday morning. The Avalanche protected 11 players, including goalie Semyon Varlamov, and left the likes of goalie Calvin Pickard, forward Mikhail Grigorenko and defenseman Mark Barbario..." June 18

  • Tyson Barrie Available In “Hockey Deal”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As rumors swirl around defensemen all over the league, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet was talking about the various available players on CHED 630 in Edmonton. Friedman says that he has been told Tyson Barrie of the Avalanche is available in a “hockey deal.” That would mean something akin to the..." June 16

  • Colorado Avalanche activate buyout of Francois Beauchemin

    Fanrag Sports "After a miserable season for the Central Division’s Colorado Avalanche, it appears that the club is set to make some key changes to their lineup this coming season. It was first reported on Thursday morning, via Yanick Levesque of RDS, that the Avalanche will terminate the final year of..." June 15

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Avs could unload Tyson Barrie this offseason

    Pro Hockey Talk "After putting together one of the worst seasons in recent history, the Colorado Avalanche are expected to shake up their roster over the summer. According to TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie, forward Matt Duchene is the player that’s most likely to be dealt this offseason. In an ideal world,..." June 05

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • 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