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  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • Nathan MacKinnon gives perfect description of training with Brad Marchand

    NBC Sports Boston "If you closed your eyes and pictured what it would be like training with Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the offseason, Nathan MacKinnon's description is probably what would come to mind. The Colorado Avalanche center, who tallied a career-high 99 points last season,..." August 22

  • Islanders sign Derick Brassard to one-year contract

    TSN "Free agent Derick Brassard has signed a one-year contact with the New York Islanders, the club announced Wednesday. The terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it is reportedly worth $1.2-million, as per The Athletic’s Arthur Staple. The..." August 21

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • Nazem Kadri 'unbelievable' addition for Avalanche, Tyler Bozak says

    NHL.com "Nazem Kadri was an "unbelievable" acquisition by the Colorado Avalanche, former teammate Tyler Bozak said Monday. "He's obviously a guy who is built for the Central Division," the 33-year-old St. Louis Blues center told The Denver Post at the first day of the..." August 20

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • Avalanche sign Valeri Nichushkin to one-year contract

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Valeri Nichushkin to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2019-20 season. According to multiple reports, the deal is for $850,000. Nichushkin played his fourth NHL season with the Dallas Stars in 2018-19, tallying 10 assists in 57 games. In..." August 19

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen

    NHL.com "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Mikko Rantanen 'not stressful' about lack of contract with Avalanche

    NHL.com "Mikko Rantanen isn't concerned that he and the Colorado Avalanche have yet to agree on a new contract, and he expects the Avalanche to be a better team than last season once he does sign. "Nothing's wrong; there's still one month until [training] camp starts,"..." August 17

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on unsigned Mikko Rantanen: “We want him here for training camp.”

    Mile High Hockey "With approximately a month left before the NHL preseason opens up, Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic spent Thursday morning on the golf course hosting his 22nd annual charity golf tournament. During his time on the course, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post and Ryan Clark of The..." August 15

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Joe Sakic: Avs eye long-term deal with Mikko Rantanen

    TSN "Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen is one of several high-profile restricted free agents who remain unsigned this summer. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic opened up on negotiations to NHL.com, but noted the team is waiting for comparable contracts to emerge before..." August 13

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best lines

    The Score "A really good line can start clicking for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it's simply due to the individual talent of the three forwards in question, but it isn't always that easy. Putting the best three players together doesn't always pay dividends. Often, it's more..." August 09

  • Avs’ rising expectations put Bednar under pressure

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you look at lists of the best offseasons in the NHL, chances are, the Colorado Avalanche will be on most of them. That’s with good reason, as this team seems ahead of the curve when it comes to making savvy improvements to their team, and they’re in an incredible..." August 09

  • Mikko Rantanen’s contract, Philipp Grubauer among questions facing Avs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s ponder three questions for the 2019-20 Avalanche: 1. Is Philipp Grubauer ready for prime time? He certainly looked like he could shoulder the brunt of a full-time role in the final month of the season. But if you watched the first stretch of last season..." August 08

  • Avs’ rising expectations put Jared Bednar under pressure

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you look at lists of the best offseasons in the NHL, chances are, the Colorado Avalanche will be on most of them. That’s with good reason, as this team seems ahead of the curve when it comes to making savvy improvements to their team, and they’re in an incredible..." August 08

  • Avalanche are betting pretty big on Cale Makar

    Pro Hockey Talk "In jumping from the NCAA straight to high-pressure playoff hockey, Cale Makar looked like a quick study for the Colorado Avalanche. He might need to be one, too. From a long-term point of view, Colorado’s bold trade of Tyson Barrie makes a lot of sense. Barrie seemed on his way..." August 08

  • Predicting the NHL's latest 'lottery ticket' contracts

    ESPN "This may come as a shock, but National Hockey League teams are known to hand out a contract or two that they later regret. Sometimes it's because the signing was ill-advised in the first place. Sometimes it's because of unforeseen circumstances, like a player suffering through..." August 07

  • Top available NHL free agents by position

    The Score "With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie..." August 06

  • Drew Helleson content on rounding out game before joining Avalanche

    NHL.com "Drew Helleson isn't used to putting up big offensive numbers as a stay-at-home defenseman, but the 18-year-old Colorado Avalanche prospect will look to improve those statistics as a freshman at Boston College this season. Selected by the Avalanche in the second round (No. 47) of..." August 02

  • One month into NHL free agency, who’s left on the market?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL free agent market opened one month ago today and there was plenty of cash thrown around and faces headed for new places. While there were 126 signings of different varieties on July 1 there have been 167 total in the 30 days since. Even with all those contracts signed, there..." August 01

  • Colorado Avalanche Extend Defenceman Samuel Girard

    Last Word On Hockey "The Colorado Avalanche have extended defenceman Samuel Girard to a 7-year contract worth $35 million, or $5 million per season. This contract carries him through the 2026-27 season. Over his 2-year NHL career, Samuel Girard has played for the Nashville..." July 31

  • Fighting in NHL hit record lows during 2018-2019 season, continuing downward trend

    CBS Sports "If you've been watching the NHL over the past handful of years, you likely don't need numbers to tell you what's pretty obvious: The league and its product is not quite the same as it once was, say, in the 80s, 90s or even early 2000s.  Plenty about the game has..." July 30

  • Colorado Avalanche Sign Vladislav Kamenev

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche have come to terms with another one of their restricted free agents, signing Vladislav Kamenev to a one-year contract. Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports the deal is worth $750K. Kamenev was not arbitration eligible and played just 23 NHL..." July 30

  • 5 players likely to regress next season

    The Score "It's incredibly difficult to stay consistent at the NHL level; some players experience regression, unable to carry over their success from one campaign to the next. Regression doesn't necessarily result in a poor season or a downward trend that will last for the rest of a..." July 26

  • Signing depth players long-term is usually losing move for NHL teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators’ decision to sign Colton Sissons to a seven-year contract earlier this week certainly raised a lot of eyebrows around the NHL. As PHT’s James O’Brien argued immediately after the signing, the salary cap hit is pretty..." July 26

  • Avalanche centre Nazem Kadri switching from No. 43 to No. 91

    Sportsnet "For Nazem Kadri, a change in team means a change in number. The Colorado Avalanche centre, who was acquired earlier this summer in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, revealed Friday he’ll don No. 91 when he debuts with the Avs later this..." July 26

  • Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NHL

    The Score "Nearly every general manager in the NHL has a contract they'd like to get rid of. Not including LTIR-eligible players or players signed this summer, here are the current 10 worst deals in the league based on cap hit, term, and expected value over the duration of the..." July 25

  • Avalanche signs Sheldon Dries to 1-year contract

    Denver Post "The Avalanche signed forward Sheldon Dries to a one-year contract on Thursday. The two-way deal is guaranteed to pay Dries at least $450,000, with the forward eligible to make as much as $735,000 depending upon how much time he spends with the Avs, a team source confirmed. " July 25

  • 5 players poised for bounce-back seasons

    The Score "Some years, things just don't go as planned. The NHL season is a grind, and even some of the top talents are bound to endure a mediocre year or two. Several factors can result in a player taking a step back, including injuries, coaching, or just sheer bad luck. Here are..." July 24

  • Avalanche signs defenseman Anton Lindholm to 2-year contract

    Denver Post "The Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday signed defenseman Anton Lindholmto a two-year contract. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Lindholm appeared in two games with the Avs last season, recording zero points. He had a goal and seven assists in 57 games with the franchise’s AHL team, the..." July 23

  • Is there too much offence from the defence in today’s NHL?

    TSN "One of the questions I’ve wrestled with over the years is how to value individual offensive contributions from defencemen, particularly when it comes to goal scoring. It’s an important subject because, much like forwards, there is a strong correlation between two..." July 22

  • Nazem Kadri reflects on tenure with Leafs: 'I felt like I had a lot more to give them'

    Yahoo! Sports "Nazem Kadri spent his entire career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it appears he’s made peace with the team’s decision to trade him to the Colorado Avalanche on July 1. Kadri was a staple of the organization, but was sent to Colorado in a blockbuster deal - which netted..." July 20

  • Avalanche Signs Bowen Byram

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Bowen Byram to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Avalanche selected Byram with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on June 21 in Vancouver. Byram, 18, spent the 2018-19..." July 19

  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Report: Avalanche, J.T. Compher avoid arbitration with 4-year, $14M deal

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward J.T. Compher to a four-year contract with an average annual value of $3.5 million, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports. Compher was scheduled to have a salary arbitration hearing July..." July 17

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • Avalanche sign RFA Andre Burakovsky to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "Restricted free agent Andre Burakovsky signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday for the upcoming season. Colorado acquired the forward from the Washington Capitals on June 28 in exchange for forward Scott Kosmachuk along with 2020..." July 15

  • Bowen Byram draws comparisons to Cale Makar with Avalanche

    NHL.com "Bowen Byram describes himself as a rink rat, which is no surprise because his father, Shawn Byram, played professionally for 15 seasons, most of them in the minors and Europe. "My dad played hockey, so I was always around the rink growing up," said Byram, who was selected by..." July 13

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • Nazem Kadri reveals why he nixed trade between Flames, Maple Leafs

    The Score "Nazem Kadri's departure from the Toronto Maple Leafs stands as one of the biggest moves of the 2019 offseason, but his former club had a deal in place with another team before shipping him to the Colorado Avalanche. The Leafs sent Kadri to the Avs on July 1 along with Calle Rosen..." July 11

  • NHLPA announces arbitration dates

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players Association announced the dates for salary arbitration on Tuesday, beginning with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jordan Binnington scheduled for July 20. Binnington is among 40 players who filed for salary arbitration last week. Teams have..." July 09

  • Colorado Avalanche Defence Takes Shape With Recent Signings

    Last Word On Hockey "News broke Monday afternoon that the Colorado Avalanche defence retained another potential contributor. They signed defender Ryan Graves to a one-year extension with the organization. The two-way contract is worth $350,000 if he’s playing in the AHL and $735,000 in the..." July 09

  • Top unsigned restricted free agents

    NHL.com "With free agency underway, NHL.com takes a closer look at the top remaining restricted free agents. A restricted free agent can receive an offer sheet contract from another team, which forward Sebastian Aho did from the Montreal Canadiens on July 1. His team can match the contract..." July 08

  • Oilers, Derick Brassard Solid Fit For Each Other

    The Sports Daily "If Derick Brassard hit free agency a year ago, odds are he wouldn’t have had to wait a week for a contract. One bad season, especially one leading into free agency, can really alter someone’s value. Brassard, who started his nightmare season in Pittsburgh before ending up in Florida..." July 08