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  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Patrik Nemeth Avoids Arbitration With Colorado Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche were one of the final teams with an arbitration hearing on the books, due to meet in Toronto on Saturday with defenseman Patrik Nemeth. That won’t be necessary now, as according to CapFriendly the two sides have agreed upon a one-year, $2.5MM contract. Adrian Dater..." August 02

  • Jarome Iginla returning to Calgary to retire from NHL after 20 seasons

    Calgary Sun "Former Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla is retiring from the National Hockey League after 20 seasons. The team announced the news Wednesday and said Iginla will speak to media in Calgary on Monday. Iginla, who is from St. Albert, was acquired by the Flames in December..." July 25

  • Colorado Avalanche signs Denver Pioneers captain Logan O’Connor

    Denver Post "The Colorado Avalanche on Monday signed forward Logan O’Connor to a two-year, entry-level contract.  O’Connor, 21, was named the captain of the Denver Pioneers in June. Last season, he scored seven goals and added 14 assists. In three seasons with DU, he’s..." July 23

  • Makar making strides as Avalanche prospect

    NHL.com "Cale Makar can speed up and down the ice with the greatest of ease, but the Colorado Avalanche prospect is not in as much of a hurry to move to the NHL. The 19-year-old defenseman believes he needs more time, which is why he's returning to the University of Massachusetts Amherst..." July 22

  • Tim Army Hired As Head Coach Of Iowa Wild

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild have announced the hiring of Tim Army as the next head coach of the Iowa Wild, their AHL affiliate. Army was with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last season as an assistant coach, and several years before that on the Colorado Avalanche bench as an assistant. Head coaching..." July 19

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Colorado Avalanche Sign Three RFA’s

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche are down to one restricted free agent remaining – defenseman Patrik Nemeth – after announcing three contract extensions today with RFA’s. Goaltender Spencer Martin, defenseman Ryan Graves, and defenseman Mason Geertsen,..." July 16

  • Bowers Determined To Display His Skill

    NHL.com "It was a typical Sunday night in a Boston University dorm room for Shane Bowers. Well, it was until he found out he was involved in a mid-season, three-team trade and he was now a part of the Colorado Avalanche organization. The Avs acquired the young forward as well as..." July 14

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Avalanche misses on John Tavares, but might win in the end

    Denver Post "NHL free agency went well for the Avalanche. It didn’t sign center John Tavares, and Colorado still has a gaping (unproven) hole with its No. 2 center, but 29 other teams failed to sign Tavares or had the cap space to do so. As a consolation prize, the Avs got defenseman Ian..." July 08

  • Cale Makar is the patient prospect, Conor Timmins on the fast-track

    Denver Post "Like-minded Avalanche prospects Cale Makar and Conor Timmins were the second and ninth defensemen selected in the 2017 NHL draft, with Makar going No. 4 overall and Timmins as the first pick of the second round. At the time, it was assumed Makar would sign his NHL entry-level contract and join..." July 07

  • Avalanche signs forward Matt Nieto to two-year contract

    Denver Post "The Avalanche has agreed to terms with forward Matt Nieto, who signed a two-year contract worth $3.95 million. Nieto, 25, was a restricted free agent who had signed one-year deals the previous two seasons. He made $1 million with Colorado last season. “Matt brings speed and..." July 07

  • Kaut overcomes heart issue to pursue NHL dream with Avalanche

    NHL.com "Martin Kaut's dream of playing in the NHL could have been derailed by a heart issue. Kaut, chosen by the Colorado Avalanche with the No. 16 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, admitted to being scared when it was detected and prevented him from doing any physical testing at the NHL..." July 05

  • Avalanche's Martin Kaut: Secures entry-level deal

    CBS Sports "Kaut agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado on Thursday. Kaut notched 16 points in 38 games for Pardubice HC of the Czech league last season, which saw him taken by the Avalanche with the 16th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. " July 05

  • 2012 First Overall pick Nail Yapukov signs with KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg

    Sportsnet "Nail Yapukov has signed a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg, the KHL announced. The 24-year-old winger was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft. The next four picks were Ryan Murray, Alex Galchenyuk, Griffin Reinhart and Morgan Rielly. " July 03

  • Avalanche Sign Scott Kosmachuk, Sheldon Dries; Re-Sign Joe Cannata

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche added depth to their team today signing two players when they inked Scott Kosmachuk and Sheldon Dries, according to Denver Post’s Mike Chambers. No terms were announced for the two signings. The scribe also added that the team re-signed..." July 02

  • Why the Avalanche’s modest free-agent signings actually make good sense

    BSN Denver "I was just like a lot of you were when the day's free-agent signings by the Avalanche were made official: I had to stifle of a bit of a yawn, but also wonder "Did the Avs just blow good money again on a couple of old guys that they'll regret having on the books in a year or..." July 01

  • Ian Cole, Matt Calvert To Sign With Colorado Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche will be adding some Stanley Cup experience to their blue line next season, as multiple reporters including Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet expect the team to sign Ian Cole today. The deal will be for three seasons at an average annual value of $4.25MM. The team is also..." July 01

  • Only modest moves expected by the Colorado Avalanche in NHL free agency

    Denver Post "The Avalanche is expected to be on the quiet side of NHL free agency, which begins Sunday morning. Rounding out the roster, as well as the Colorado Eagles’ — the Avs’ new American Hockey League affiliate in Loveland — will be the theme. At his season-ending..." July 01

  • Stars sign Comeau to 3-year, $7.2M contract

    The Score "The Dallas Stars have signed Blake Comeau to a three-year, $7.2-million contract, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. " July 01

  • Avalanche qualify five, release five others

    BSN Denver "The deadline for extending qualifying offers to restricted free agents came and went today. The Colorado Avalanche had 10 RFAs entering the day and qualified five of them. " June 25

  • Avalanche buy out D Brooks Orpik three days after acquiring him

    ESPN "The Colorado Avalanche have bought out the final contract year for defenseman Brooks Orpik, three days after acquiring him from the Washington Capitals at the NHL draft. The veteran defenseman, who won Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 and the Washington Capitals this..." June 25

  • Yakupov not qualified by Avs

    TSN "According to the Denver Post's Mike Chambers, the Colorado Avalanche did not give right winger Nail Yakupov a qualifying offer and Yakupov will now become a unrestricted free agent on July 1.  The former first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft has..." June 25

  • Blake Comeau Will Not Return To Colorado

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Fans of Colorado forward Blake Comeau will be sorry to hear that his days with Avalanche are reportedly over. According to Adrian Dater of BSN Denver, the Avs have decided not to offer a contract to the veteran forward. Comeau will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and..." June 25

  • Tyler Weiss' long journey and long weekend has happy ending with Colorado Avalanche

    Raleigh News & Observer "It's hard to imagine draft weekend starting off much worse for Tyler Weiss. It ended with Weiss just missing out on making one kind of North Carolina hockey history but still making another. Weiss and his family were on the Dallas-bound flight that had to return to RDU for an..." June 24

  • Avalanche select two Finns to begin Day 2 of the NHL draft

    Denver Post "The Avalanche, following a relatively busy first round of the NHL draft on Friday — acquiring goalie Philipp Grubauer from Washington and selecting Czech winger Martin Kaut with the 16th pick — went to work Saturday for the final six rounds. The Avs entered the day with..." June 24

  • Nathan MacKinnon had no coast to lean on in Hart Trophy voting

    Denver Post "Perhaps Nathan MacKinnon didn’t win the Hart Trophy because he was stuck in the middle, geographically speaking. Among three finalists for the NHL’s top individual award, MacKinnon had Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils on the East Coast and Anze Kopitar of the Los..." June 24

  • It’s only a matter of time before Avs replace Semyon Varlamov with Philipp Grubauer as No. 1 goalie

    Denver Post "Even the winner of the Hart Trophy knows the NHL picked the wrong guy for most valuable player. Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils took home the hardware. But asked who would’ve earned his vote for MVP, Hall picked Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon. “Thanks, Hallsy,”..." June 24

  • Avs ink Grubauer to a three-year, $10M deal

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche have signed newly acquired goalie Philipp Grubauer to a three-year deal worth a reported $10 million. The Avalanche obtained Grubauer alongside defenceman Brooks Orpik in exchange for a second round pick on Friday. Orpik was waived earlier on Saturday for..." June 24

  • Capitals turned down better offer for Grubauer from Hurricanes

    The Score "The Washington Capitals wanted Philipp Grubauer out of the Metropolitan Division and turned down a better trade offer from the Carolina Hurricanes to ensure that happened, reports Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. The Hurricanes offered up their second-round pick - 42nd overall - and..." June 24

  • Brooks Orpik Placed On Waivers, Buyout Expected

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche were clear about it when they made the deal, Brooks Orpik wouldn’t be playing for them this season. The team has placed the 37-year old defenseman on waivers and are expected to buy out the final year of his contract. Orpik was acquired yesterday along with Philipp..." June 23

  • Avalanche's Martin Kaut: Smart player drafted 16th overall

    CBS New York "Kaut was drafted 16th overall by the Avalanches at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. Kaut's best asset is his brain -- he thinks the game at an incredibly high level. He sees plays several steps ahead, which translates into almost zero errors with the puck. Kaut's defensive..." June 22

  • Caps deal Grubauer, Orpik to Avalanche for 2nd rd pick

    NHL.com "The Washington Capitals have acquired a second round pick, 47th-overall, from the Colorado Avalanche in the 2018 NHL Draft in exchange for defenseman Brooks Orpik and Philipp Grubauer, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. "We would like to..." June 22

  • Blake Comeau will not return to Avs, Bernier not looking likely either

    BSN Denver "Blake Comeau, who had a solid season with the Avalanche but was the team's second-oldest player and a potential unrestricted free agent, will not be offered a new contract by the team, BSN Denver has learned. Comeau, 32, will go to the open market on July 1, and can listen to..." June 22

  • Avs will probably buy out Orpik if they can't find trade partner

    The Score "Brooks Orpik was sent to the Colorado Avalanche along with Philipp Grubauer for a second-round pick in a draft-day trade, but the veteran blue-liner might not be in Denver for long. The Avs reportedly intend to trade Orpik, and if they can't, the team will probably buy him out,..." June 22

  • Why Ottawa should give up the fourth overall pick to Colorado

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League types tend to avoid using the word “rebuild” at all costs. Three years ago, Mike Babcock went the euphemism route when he spoke of the “pain” to come for a downtrodden Toronto Maple Leafs team he’d just agreed to take the reins of. More..." June 21

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 First and Second All-Star Teams

    Hockey Fights "NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2017-18 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Hall, who received the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2018 NHL..." June 21

  • Avalanche Prepared To Pick Fourth If Senators Fold

    Denver Post "There’s a chance — albeit a very small one — that the Avalanche will have the fourth overall pick for the second consecutive NHL draft. The thing is, Colorado won’t know if it has that selection until the Ottawa Senators are on the clock with the fourth..." June 13

  • Samuel Girard involved in car accident

    Pro Hockey Talk "Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard was involved in a car accident in Quebec over the weekend, according to RDS. Thankfully, the 20-year-old didn’t suffer a serious injury. The one-car accident occurred on Route 169 in Quebec, after Girard fell asleep at..." June 12

  • Avalanche interested in re-signing Jonathan Bernier

    BSN Denver "As the mania from the Stanley Cup Finals recedes and Alexander Ovechkin continues on the world’s greatest celebratory bender, the focus of the hockey calendar starts to shift to awards season, the NHL draft and, on July 1, the start of free agency. The Colorado Avalanche has..." June 12

  • Free Agent Focus: Colorado Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Key Restricted Free Agents: F Matthew Nieto — The 25-year-old, who was picked up off of waivers from the San Jose Sharks has found a home in Colorado after the team rewarded him a year ago with a $1MM contract as a restricted free agent, posting a career high in goals with 15 and forcing..." June 10

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • 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