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  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Projecting Mikko Rantanen's next contract

    The Score "The player Rantanen has developed into one of the game's premier wingers after being selected 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the stacked 2015 NHL Draft. Rantanen is a big-bodied playmaking winger and efficient goal-scorer. He's yet to surpass the 200-shot..." June 07

  • Coyotes, Avalanche, Kings in mix on Patrick Marleau trade

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Patrick Marleau trade rumors are coming in hot and heavy. A day after a report linked the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings to a potential trade, we have this from Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos: "It sounds like Marleau and the Leafs are set to part..." June 02

  • ECHL's Kelly Cup never returned by champions

    ESPN "Last June, the Colorado Eagles paraded around the ice with the Kelly Cup in their hands as ECHL champions. Apparently, they never gave it back. The Eagles, who left the league to become the American Hockey League affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche after last season, neglected to..." June 01

  • Gary Bettman's War and Peace: The cases for, against a lockout-free CBA

    ESPN "Putting Gary Bettman in charge of hockey labor peace is like putting a cat in charge of rodent safety. There are just some things that are inherently, instinctually part of an individual's comportment, and there's nothing they can do to suppress the urges. For Bettman,..." May 30

  • 12 NHL goalies potentially available through trade or free agency

    Sportsnet "The 2018-19 season was the year of the tandem netminder. The trend of having a 1A/1B situation in net opposed to a 65-game starter has been building for some time now and the merits of this strategy have been a defining aspect of the season. Two of the Vezina Trophy finalists started..." May 25

  • Full List Of 2019 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or more European countries, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and they become unrestricted free agents. While this doesn’t always..." May 24

  • Avalanche Signs Pavel Francouz

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Pavel Francouz (pa-VEHL FRAN-soos) to a one-year contract for the 2019-20 campaign. Francouz, 28, completed his first season of professional hockey in North America in 2018-19, posting a..." May 24

  • Six contracts with cap concerns that could be traded this summer

    Sportsnet "As a rule, even rich people hate spending money on nothing. It’s just one of those things that irks the human soul on a fundamental level. Given that, there’s understandable hesitation when it comes to the potential of buying out players on cumbersome contracts. Sometimes..." May 23

  • Peter Budaj Starts Coaching Career

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It was time to hang up his pads. Peter Budaj announced in early April that the 2018-19 season would be his last, ending his professional hockey playing career with a season mostly spent in the minor leagues with the Ontario Reign. Now just a month later, Budaj has already moved onto..." May 22

  • If anyone tries to sign someone to an offer sheet, it’s going to be the Colorado Avalanche

    Mile High Hockey "There has been a lot of speculation recently that this is the summer we’re finally going to see another offer sheet signed in the NHL. With star players becoming restricted free agents on July 1st and a number of teams in with legitimate salary cap issues, the group of potential targets..." May 20

  • Avalanche to ‘be more aggressive’ in free agency: who may they target?

    Sportsnet "You can’t describe the Colorado Avalanche as anything more than a success story this season. Just two years removed from a dreadful 22-win campaign, with a 48-point total that marks the lowest of the cap era in 82 games, Colorado may be the best situated team in the league..." May 17

  • Beware of the 5 NHL teams with extra first-round draft picks

    Sportsnet "The trade winds, they are a-blowing. Come June 21 in Vancouver, keep an eye on the five NHL teams that hold an extra first-round pick to use at the 2019 NHL Draft. Last spring, four late first-round selections were swapped on draft night, starting at No. 22. While..." May 17

  • Which Colorado Avalanche free agents will return?

    Mile High Hockey "Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic met with the media earlier this week and outlined an anticipated busy summer ahead. Beyond the draft and upgrades on the unrestricted free agent market, the Avalanche have a lot of work to do on their own list of impeding free agents including a few..." May 17

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Colorado Avalanche Planning To Be “More Aggressive” In Free Agency

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the free agent period rolled around last year, Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic was coming off a year in which his team had over-performed. After finishing dead last in the NHL during the 2016-17 season with a dreadful 22-56-4 record, things turned around for them and the team..." May 15

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic discusses Nathan MacKinnon injury, Mikko Rantanen contract, Jared Bednar extension and more

    Denver Post "Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic held a season-ending news conference Tuesday, less than a week after his team lost Game 7 of a Western Conference semifinal playoff series to the San Jose Sharks. Sakic touched on the following subjects: — Star..." May 14

  • Report: Philipp Grubauer to join Team Germany for IIHF World Championship

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The Colorado Avalanche were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the San Jose Sharks in Game Seven on Wednesday night. On Friday morning, TSN’s Gord Miller reported that goaltender Philipp Grubauer would be joining Team Germany at the IIHF World..." May 11

  • Tyson Jost and Pierre-Luc Dubois join Team Canada

    TSN "Colorado Avalanche centre Tyson Jost and Columbus Blue Jackets centre Pierre-Luc Dubois will join Team Canada at the world hockey championship in Slovakia. Jost is expected to arrive this weekend.  Canada needed to add a player after losing star centre John Tavares to..." May 11

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • The NHL should be afraid of the Colorado Avalanche

    Mile High Hockey "It’s never easy watching a team get eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs - especially the way the Colorado Avalanche went down last night. Regardless of what you think of the offside review goal that was called back, there’s no going back. The season is over..." May 10

  • Avalanche offseason presents big opportunities — and challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Colorado Avalanche don’t want to hear this – not after falling painfully short against the Sharks in Game 7 – but to many observers, that agonizing ending feels like just the beginning. Just consider the players who spearheaded their surprising five-game..." May 09

  • Avalanche's game-tying goal controversially overturned in Game 7 loss to Sharks

    Sporting News "This one could come back to bite the NHL. The Avalanche thought they had tied up Game 7 against the Sharks, 2-2, when Colin Wilson scored on a shot in the second period. They celebrated and everything. But, seconds later, the call was reviewed and overturned for an offsides..." May 09

  • St. Louis Blues will play San Jose Sharks or Colorado Avalanche in Western Conference Final

    NHL.com "The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference Final and will play the San Jose Sharks or Colorado Avalanche. St. Louis defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 in double overtime in Game 7 on Tuesday to end that second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series and advance to the conference final..." May 08

  • Youthful Sam Girard-Cale Makar pairing playing like experienced vets for Colorado Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Colorado Avalanche didn’t make a big splash at the 2019 NHL trade deadline (unless you wanted to count Derick Brassard as a big splash) but they did get some significant help for their postseason run during Round 1 when Cale Makar, the 2018 No. 4 overall pick and 2019 Hobey Bakey..." May 08

  • Sharks-Avalanche Outcome Of Interest To Senators, Red Wings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators seem to be inextricably linked this season. While GM Joe Sakic and the Avalanche were cheering on every Ottawa loss as a step closer to a top draft pick, Senators GM Pierre Dorion now gets his own chance to hope for a Colorado defeat. The Senators are..." May 08

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon facing tall task of ending drought in series finale

    Sportsnet "The series opened with all eyes on Nathan MacKinnon and that’s certainly how it’s about to close. The 23-year-old playoff revelation has been held in check by the San Jose Sharks the last two games, going scoreless in Games 5 and 6. It ended an eight-game point streak by..." May 08

  • Why Sharks should be optimistic heading into Game 7 against Avalanche

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Sharks' season is on the line on Wednesday, but there is still reason to believe their game is trending upward.  Although the Colorado Avalanche forced a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoff second-round series thanks to Gabriel Landeskog's overtime..." May 08

  • Colorado Avalanche’s Cale Makar, San Jose Sharks’ Justin Braun finally meet as relatives

    Sportsnet "It’s not the first time two opposing players have suggested a post-game meeting in the parking lot. However, this time there was no threat of violence involved. This meeting was born out of a familial connection, which is what Cale Makar and Justin Braun have. The..." May 06

  • Colorado Avalanche hope to imitate San Jose Sharks, play with more desperation in Game 6

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche want to play with more desperation against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round at Pepsi Center on Monday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The Avalanche know exactly what it looks like. San Jose played that way throughout most..." May 06

  • MacKinnon says Avalanche 'didn't fight back' in Game 5 loss

    NHL.com "The end of Nathan MacKinnon's point streak in the Stanley Cup Playoffs left the Colorado Avalanche without enough offense against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Saturday. MacKinnon had 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in..." May 05

  • Makar aces lessons with Avalanche in playoffs

    NHL.com "Cale Makar is still a college student. A sport management major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he is enrolled in classes in psychology, marketing and operations and management. He plans to finish this semester and eventually earn his degree. It has been a little hard to..." May 04

  • Avalanche 'have to be better' in Game 5 against Sharks

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche are convinced they will need to play their best game yet against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Second Round at SAP Center on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). Colorado won Game 4 3-0 at home Thursday to tie the best-of-7..." May 04

  • ‘Why not us?’: Confident Avalanche see path to Stanley Cup

    Sportsnet "They’ve said it endlessly throughout this round, and you get the feeling they really mean it: The Colorado Avalanche believe they can not only win this series, but they see a path to the Stanley Cup. They’re not being cocky or getting ahead of themselves. They just see it..." May 04

  • MacKinnon’s ‘hunger’ driving playoff point streak for Avs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Peter DeBoer was pretty happy when Nathan MacKinnon had a single point in Game 3 of his team’s series against MacKinnon’s Colorado Avalanche. “If we can keep him to one (point) a night, I’ll take that every night in this series,” the San Jose Sharks coach..." May 02

  • Avalanche looking to Zadorov in search of more physicality vs. Sharks

    Sportsnet "Despite out-hitting the San Jose Sharks 41-20 in Game 3, the Colorado Avalanche want to be more physical. Enter Nikita Zadorov. The towering 24-year-old brought back old-time hockey last game with 11 hits, which is the third-highest total in an NHL playoff game over the last..." May 02

  • Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins Recall “Black Aces”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Recalls and reassignment are few and far between these days, with just eight teams still alive in the NHL and AHL alike. A flurry of activity occurred today though, as two surviving Stanley Cup Playoffs contenders have called up a number of players from their AHL affiliates, who both ducked out..." May 01

  • Avalanche confident in young defense pair heading into Game 3

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche aren't concerned about pairing 20-year-old defensemen Samuel Girard and Cale Makar, and they plan on doing so again against the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Pepsi Center on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN,..." April 30

  • That big hit on Matt Calvert late in Game 2 will force the Avalanche forward to miss Game 3

    Denver Post "Avalanche forward Matt Calvert will miss Game 3 Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks with an upper-body injury, it was learned after Colorado’s morning skate at the Pepsi Center. Calvert sustained his injury in the closing minutes of Game 2 Sunday,..." April 30

  • How a text from Crosby helped MacKinnon dominate the playoffs

    Sportsnet "Nathan MacKinnon wants the record set straight. He didn’t fall, he was pushed. In the midst of a heated exchange on the bench with Colorado coach Jared Bednar, the two things that interrupted MacKinnon’s verbal assault included him throwing a water bottle and him..." April 30

  • Sven Andrighetto expected to leave Avalanche to join KHL in 2019-20

    Yardbarker "Despite still being in the NHL playoffs with the Colorado Avalanche, Sven Andrighetto has been linked to a different team for the 2019-20 season. A report from Sport-Express has Andrighetto expected to join Avangard Omsk next season in the KHL, after his current contract with the..." April 30

  • Avalanche feel good ahead of tough road test against Sharks in Game 2

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche will need to overcome some uncomfortable history when they try to even the Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The Sharks lead the best-of-7 series following a 5-2 win in Game..." April 28

  • MacKinnon unsurprised hockey world is learning how good Avalanche are

    Sportsnet "Nathan MacKinnon’s first round brilliance against Calgary was dubbed by many as his “coming out party.” Forgive MacKinnon for being unsure whether it’s a compliment or an insult. “I don’t know, I was up for MVP last year, so I don’t..." April 28

  • The Avalanche’s Cale Makar and Sam Girard: Together on the power play at last?

    Denver Post "When the media tried to get Jared Bednar to tip his cap, the man wouldn’t bite. But you could tell from the smile on the face of the Colorado Avalanche coach that he likes the blueline options the Avs are rolling into San Jose. “Tough decisions,” Bednar said after..." April 26

  • Girard to play for Avalanche in Game 1 of second round against Sharks

    NHL.com "Samuel Girard will return to the Colorado Avalanche lineup for Game 1 of the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS). The defenseman missed the final three games against the Calgary Flames in the..." April 26

  • Avalanche’s MacKinnon looks to maintain playoff dominance in Round 2

    Sportsnet "Just how great is Nate? One week after he dominated a five-game series over the Calgary Flames, Nathan MacKinnon will get another chance to answer that question. In the midst of playing perhaps the best hockey of his career, the 23-year-old Colorado Avalanche star will face..." April 25

  • Sharks will play Avalanche in Western Conference Second Round

    NHL.com "The San Jose Sharks will play the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Second Round. The Sharks defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 of that best-of-7 series on Tuesday. San Jose, which finished second in the Pacific Division, will have..." April 24