Avalanche Rumors & News

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Gabriel Bourque re-signed by Colorado Avalanche

    Denver Post "Forward Gabriel Bourque has been re-signed by the Colorado Avalancheon a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday. Bourque, a fifth-round selection in the 2009 draft by Nashville, recorded five goals and six assists for the Avalanche in 58 regular-season games and scored twice..." May 24

  • Rantanen looks to raise bar for Avalanche next season

    NHL.com "Mikko Rantanen knows he and the Colorado Avalanche took significant steps this season. But the 21-year-old forward said he has room for improvement in all aspects of his game. "I was healthy the whole year and I was lucky to play with really good players," said Rantanen, who..." May 19

  • Colorado Avalanche Begin Extension Talks With Patrik Nemeth

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After re-signing Mark Barberio and Mark Alt recently, the Colorado Avalanche aren’t done bringing back their suddenly deep defensive unit. Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports that they also intend on re-signing Patrik Nemeth, and that talks have already begun between the two sides. Dater..." May 18

  • Avalanche re-sign Mark Barberio to 2-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenceman Mark Barberio to a two-year contract worth $1.45 million per season. Barberio had three goals and 13 points in 46 games with the Avalanche this past season. May 15

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Maple Leafs GM Dubas talks time Shanahan blocked possible move to Avs

    Sportsnet "Kyle Dubas was named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday, yet less than one year ago the possibility of him leaving the organization briefly arose. In May of 2017, the Colorado Avalanche asked and received permission from the Maple Leafs to talk with the then-assistant GM about a..." May 11

  • Igor Shvyrev signs 3-year contract with Colorado Avalanche

    Denver Post "The Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday signed forward Igor Shvyrev to a three-year, entry-level contract. Shvyrev, 19, was selected by the Avs in the fifth round (125th overall) of the 2017 NHL draft. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound center recorded 17 points (five goals and 12 assists) in 10 games with..." May 08

  • Colorado Avalanche Sign Pavel Francouz To One-Year Deal

    CBS Sports "Francouz signed a one-year contract with Colorado on Wednesday. Francouz will be coming to North America for the first time in his career, having spent the past three season playing in the KHL. In 37 outings this year, the netminder posted a 17-11-5 record with a 1.81 GAA." May 02

  • Senators will keep No. 4 pick; 2019 1st-rounder will go to Avs

    Ottawa Sun "The Ottawa Senators suffered a tough loss to start their off-season Saturday night. But the Senators believe they’ll be just fine, even though they won’t have a chance at selecting Swedish sensation Rasmus Dahlin, who is the top-ranked prospect. After finishing 30th overall during the..." April 29

  • MacKinnon, Hall, Kopitar named Hart Trophy nominees

    Sportsnet "The NHL announced the three finalists for the Hart Trophy on Friday, awarded “to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.” This year’s finalists are New Jersey’s Taylor Hall, Los Angeles’s Anze Kopitar and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon. Recording 41 more points than his next..." April 28

  • McDavid, MacKinnon, Hall named finalists for Ted Lindsay Award

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon and New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall have been named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. The award is given to “the most outstanding player in the NHL,” as voted on by his peers. McDavid, 21, won the..." April 26

  • Is free agent John Tavares a possibility or pipe dream for the Colorado Avalanche?

    Denver Post "Question: Is free agent John Tavares a possibility or pipe dream for the Avalanche? Kiz: Six NHL playoff games. Heady stuff. The Avs poured six shots of bourbon, set ’em on on the bar, and the party was back in Denver. I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. So how does Colorado become a..." April 25

  • Patrick Roy To Return To Quebec Remparts

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Patrick Roy’s exit from the Colorado Avalanche was anything but smooth, resigning his post as head coach less than two months before the 2016-17 season began. The club moved on to Jared Bednar, who eventually turned them around in year two and took them to the playoffs. Now, Roy will return to..." April 25

  • Colorado Avalanche Ink Head Coach Jared Bednar To One-Year Extension

    CBS Denver "Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic addressed the media on Monday to close out the 2017-2018 season. The big news was the announcement of a one-year extension for head coach Jared Bednar. The Avs and Bednar initially agreed to a three-year deal to star the..." April 23

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Subban: MacKinnon deserves Hart Trophy, is a future Hall of Famer

    The Score "P.K. Subban had nothing but kind words for Nathan MacKinnon after their first-round playoff series ended Sunday night. The Nashville Predators defenseman gave a long answer lauding the Colorado Avalanche forward after the Predators' 5-0 victory that eliminated the Avalanche in Game 6. "You..." April 23

  • Avalanche looking ahead to Game 6 after comeback against Predators

    NHL.com "Shortly after the Colorado Avalanche rallied to defeat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round on Friday, their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, was already looking ahead. "No doubt this one feels good," Landeskog said. "But we've got a lot of work to do." The..." April 22

  • Comeau keeping Avalanche relaxed during first-round series

    NHL.com "Ask the Colorado Avalanche to describe forward Blake Comeau, and one word comes up often: calm. Comeau isn't loud and he's not the most talkative player in the room. But when the Avalanche need to relax frazzled nerves, he's the player they look to do it. Comeau has two goals against the..." April 21

  • Jets' Little: 'We're getting ready for Nashville ... or whoever wins'

    The Score "Bryan Little wasn't going to spend too much time celebrating the first playoff series win in franchise history. The Winnipeg Jets center said it was definitely nice to get the series win over Minnesota, but they're looking forward to continuing the run, and apparently Little knows their next..." April 21

  • Third-string goalie Andrew Hammond named Avalanche starter for critical Game 5 in Nashville

    Denver Post "Third-string goalie Andrew Hammond, who shut out the Predators in the third period of Game 4 after coming in for an injured Jonathan Bernier, will start Friday night’s critical Game 5 in Nashville. Coach Jared Bednar made the announcement Thursday morning, saying that Bernier’s lower-body..." April 19

  • Predators' Ryan Hartman to face suspension for illegal check to head

    Tennessean "The NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday announced that Predators forward Ryan Hartman will receive a hearing for an illegal check to the head to Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg. " April 19

  • Bednar: "Our Goal Is Go There And Win That Game"

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche dropped Game 4 of its first round series against the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a 3-2 score. Here is what Avs head coach Jared Bednar had to say afterward in his postgame news conference. Colorado Head Coach Jared Bednar On the third..." April 19

  • P.K. Subban of Predators appears to throw blindside punch at Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon

    USA Today "Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban was called for holding late in the second period of Monday’s playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche. Apparently, both refs missed the blindside punch Subban appeared to throw that caught Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon up high. MacKinnon actually got..." April 17

  • Avalanche's Girard out for Game 2 with upper-body injury

    The Score "Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard will not play in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators due to an upper-body injury, the team announced." April 14

  • Avalanche seek finishing touch in Game 2 against Predators

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche couldn't have played much better for the first two periods of their 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round on Thursday. They were aggressive, taking a 1-0 lead on defenseman Nikita Zadorov's goal at 6:36 of the first period...." April 13

  • Avalanche upset Johansen not suspended: ‘There’s got to be some consistency’

    Sportsnet "If the one-game suspension given to Drew Doughty after Game 1 of the LA-Vegas series was to set a precedent, then there were a few players who should’ve been under review for supplementary discipline after the second night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tom Wilson escaped punishment for his check..." April 13

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Avalanche rode MacKinnon, winning streak to playoff berth

    NHL.com "For the Colorado Avalanche, there was nowhere to go but up after they finished with an NHL-worst 48 points (22-56-4) last season. This season the Avalanche, one of the youngest teams in the League with an average age of 25, started winning and gaining confidence. Now they're going to the..." April 08

  • Pietrangelo on offside review: 'Maybe they need some glasses in Toronto'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues' six-year run of making the playoffs came to a painful end on Saturday night with a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in a do-or-die winner-take-all showdown in the season's final game in Denver. The Blues finished one point in back of Colorado, 95 points to 94, in the battle for the..." April 08

  • Josh Dickinson Signs Entry-Level Contract With Colorado Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche have signed a college free agent, inking Josh Dickinson to a three-year entry-level contract that will begin in 2018-19. Dickinson will report to the San Antonio Rampage for the rest of this season on an amateur tryout. The younger brother of Stars prospect Jason..." April 05

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Avs lose Varlamov for season, Johnson for six weeks

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche, who are currently battling for their playoff lives in the Western Conference, lost two major pieces to injury on Saturday. Starting goalie Semyon Varlamovis out for the season with a lower-body injury while defenceman Erik Johnson has a fractured patella and will be..." March 31

  • Semyon Varlamov helped off ice after collision

    Pro Hockey Talk "Uh oh. Colorado Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov had to be helped off the ice in the third period on Friday in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Avs were leading 4-0 when Blackhawks forward Tomas Jurco blew a tire trying to put a deke on Varlamov. Instead of stopping the puck,..." March 31

  • Colorado Avalanche Sign Josh Anderson, Travis Barron

    Pro Hockey Rumors "If you thought having two Sebastian Aho’s was confusing, get ready for Josh Anderson. That’s one of the newest members of the Colorado Avalanche organization, as the defenseman signed his entry-level contract today, along with Travis Barron. Both players inked three-year entry-level deals, signing..." March 30

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Doughty gets ‘a little bit scared’ facing down McDavid, MacKinnon

    Sportsnet "Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty often has a front-row seat to some of the best talent in the game, having to be tasked with shutting down opposing teams’ top players. He’s had his hands full in recent seasons with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, and Nathan MacKinnon of the..." March 25

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Ready for Sunday's contest

    CBS Sports "Johnson (shoulder) will be activated from injured reserve and slot into Sunday's game against the Red Wings. Johnson has missed 13 games with this shoulder issue, and the Avalanche should be excited for the former first-overall pick to bolster its blue line." March 18

  • Avalanche top line isn’t just about MacKinnon

    Pro Hockey Talk "With 85 points in just 62 games played, Nathan MacKinnon isn’t just blowing away any other season he’s enjoyed in the NHL, he’s scoring at a pace that parallels some of Joe Sakic’s best moments in Colorado. Despite missing time with an injury, MacKinnon ranks fourth with those 85 points, and..." March 16

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • MacKinnon taking game, Avalanche to new level

    NHL.com "Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon didn't think he was playing his best hockey last season. This year had to be different. "I just wanted to have a bounce-back season," MacKinnon said. But in preparing for that, MacKinnon's biggest adjustment wasn't in the gym or on the ice. It was..." March 07

  • Colorado Avalanche Sign Conor Timmins To ELC

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche have inked another top prospect, signing defenseman Conor Timmins to a three-year entry-level contract. Timmins is currently injured and sitting out for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and will almost certainly see his contract slide and begin in 2018-19. Timmins was..." March 02

  • Avalanche place Andrei Mironov on unconditional waivers

    Yardbarker "The Colorado Avalanche have placed Andrei Mironov on unconditional waivers with the intention of a mutual contract termination. Mironov only signed his entry-level contract last May, but has been up and down between the NHL and minor leagues all season, unable to really find a role on the..." March 02

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

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