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  • Avs’ duo of MacKinnon, Rantanen chasing rare feat

    Pro Football Talk "One of the many downsides to the NHL’s goal-scoring decline over the past two decades has been the impact it has had on individual numbers and milestones. For quite a while it looked like the 100-point scorer was becoming a thing of the past, if it was not already entirely..." December 10

  • Vladislav Kamenev To Undergo Surgery, May Be Out For The Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Avalanche forward Vladislav Kamenev has suffered a shoulder injury that requires surgery, reports A.J. Haefele of BSN Denver (Twitter link).  He’s listed as out indefinitely but Haefele adds that the procedure could keep him out for the rest of the season.  The team announced..." December 10

  • Avalanche top line on historic pace

    NHL.com "MacKinnon, Landeskog and Rantanen have combined for 120 points (46 goals, 74 assists) in 28 games this season. Their line has accounted for 43 percent of the Avalanche's total points (278). For comparison, the Calgary Flames first line of Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm has..." December 06

  • Detroit Red Wings Tyler Bertuzzi Suspended Two Games

    Last Word On Hockey "The NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Detroit Red Wings winger Tyler Bertuzzi has been suspended for two games. This is his first career suspension. Bertuzzi has been suspended for two games for unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing for an incident..." December 03

  • Red Wings’ Bertuzzi facing discpline after punching Calvert from bench

    Pro Hockey Talk "Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday for an incident that happened in Sunday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. The incident in question was Bertuzzi removing his glove..." December 03

  • Laine named NHL's first star for November

    NHL.com "Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of November.   FIRST STAR - PATRIK LAINE, RW, WINNIPEG..." December 01

  • What will Rantanen’s next contract look like?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Despite the fact that he’s leading the NHL in scoring, it still feels like Mikko Rantanen is an underrated superstar. Maybe that’s because he plays in Colorado, maybe that’s because he’s on the same team as Nathan MacKinnon, but it just feels like he doesn’t get..." November 30

  • Offseason Pals Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon Showcased Their Genius on Wednesday Night

    SI "For much of the past two years, Sidney Crosby convinced Nathan MacKinnon that he was moving. Normally this wouldn’t cause any alarm, except for the small detail that MacKinnon was just finishing construction on a summer house along Grand Lake in Nova Scotia … less than a one-minute..." November 29

  • J.T. Compher Solving Depth Scoring Problem for Colorado Avalanche

    Last Word On Hockey "Not many teams in the NHL have a line quite as strong as the first one of the Colorado Avalanche. Between Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, and Nathan MacKinnon, the Avs have 99 points and 39 goals. That is the highest amount for any three individual players in the whole..." November 28

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • HE’S BACK: Jets reclaim Dano, send forward to Moose

    Winnipeg Sun "Marko Dano is returning to the Winnipeg Jets organization. Roughly five weeks after losing the forward on waivers to the Colorado Avalanche, the Jets reclaimed Dano on Friday and assigned him to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. The move was not surprising,..." November 24

  • Avalanche put Marko Dano back on waivers after eight games

    Mile High Hockey "The Avalanche put up a much-needed, decisive victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday evening. The entire league is off on Thursday, with only a handful of practices and zero games. As the Avalanche await their final southwest road trip game against the Arizona Coyotes on..." November 23

  • Rantanen fined for diving/embellishment in Avalanche game against Bruins

    NHL.com "Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today. NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who..." November 21

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • What should the Colorado Avalanche offer for William Nylander?

    Mile High Hockey "By now, we all know the situation involving the Toronto Maple Leafs and their star winger William Nylander. The restricted free agent still remains unsigned even as we get closer and closer to the hard deadline of December 1st — the day that Nylander must be signed in order..." November 13

  • How worried should Avs be about five-game skid?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The biggest story of the Winnipeg Jets’ 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche was the dominant play of Blake Wheeler, who generated a career-high five points. (Stay tuned for more on Wheeler in tonight’s Buzzer.) Five was a sobering number for the Avalanche beyond..." November 10

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Gabriel Landeskog making a name for himself as leader in goals scored

    Denver Post "Gabe Landeskog theories are like belly buttons: Everybody’s got one. The new trainer. The heavy sled. The MGM line. Married life. But when you ask Paul Fixter why a guy who has never topped 26 goals over his first seven NHL seasons is suddenly leading the league with 11 after 13..." November 04

  • Avalanche's A.J. Greer: Heads back to minor league

    CBS Sports "Greer was reassigned to AHL Colorado on Saturday. Greer was deployed in Friday's 7-6 overtime road loss to the Canucks; he was only iced for 5:06 but managed a pair of hits and a blocked shot in the limited action. " November 03

  • Avalanche’s Rantanen far from just a passenger on one of NHL’s best lines

    Sportsnet "Those who haven’t watched the Colorado Avalanche the last year or so might be inclined to suggest Mikko Rantanen is probably a passenger – a beneficiary of playing alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. They’d be dead wrong. The towering Finn has..." November 02

  • Avalanche's Sven Andrighetto: Moves to IR

    CBS Sports "Andrighetto (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports. Andrighetto could be out for up to a month, according Mike Chambers of The Denver Post. " October 30

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • Justin Falk Signs PTO With Colorado Eagles

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Just last season Justin Falk was a semi-regular player for the Buffalo Sabres, suiting up for 46 games and giving them some extra size on the blue line. After being allowed to leave via unrestricted free agency, Falk spent training camp with the Calgary Flames on a professional tryout (PTO),..." October 30

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership

    NHL.com "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • Is the line of Rantanen, Landeskog and MacKinnon the NHL’s best?

    Pro Football Talk "After he and his line inspired the Colorado Avalanche to five-unanswered goals in a come-from-behind 6-3 win against the Ottawa Senators on Friday, Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog was asked a simple question. “Safe to say you guys are the best line in the league?” Altitude..." October 28

  • Where the Senators, Avalanche stand a year after the Duchene trade

    Sportsnet "“I wanted to play playoff hockey. I’ve got eight playoff games to my name right now and for me that’s not where I want to be at this point of my career. I only get one shot at this; I only get to play this game for however long my body lets me play.” When Matt..." October 26

  • For NHL goalies, league’s new pad restrictions are a real pain

    Washington Post "Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby’s Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he’s started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn’t..." October 24

  • Avalanche's top line has scored over 60 percent of team's goals

    The Score "Get the massage table ready, because the shoulders of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and Mikko Rantanen must be quite sore from carrying the Colorado Avalanche to an impressive 6-1-2 start - the second-best record in the league. Colorado's top line has been absolutely..." October 23

  • Healy: If backed by science, NHL alumni association 'all-in' on cannabis

    The Score "The group representing ex-NHL players is "all-in" on endorsing cannabis as a pain relief option for its members. That is, if future research can prove the drug’s supposed healing capabilities. "I think science has to prove it first. If science proves it,..." October 23

  • Landeskog leads 3 Stars of the Week

    NHL.com "Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 21.   FIRST STAR - GABRIEL LANDESKOG, LW, COLORADO..." October 22

  • Avs’ MacKinnon belongs in best in NHL conversation

    Pro Hockey Talk "As you can see from this Associated Press piece, there are some hot “best in the NHL” debates going around, with people batting around names like Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Auston Matthews. Colorado Avalanche speedster Nathan MacKinnon‘s name didn’t..." October 21

  • Avalanche like what they see from No. 4 overall pick Cale Makar

    Yardbarker "The Colorado Avalanche may be focused on the present, but their future looks bright as well. Not only do the Avalanche have the Ottawa Senators first-round pick this season, which could be a lottery pick despite the team’s success early on this year, the team likes what it sees from Cale..." October 20

  • Colorado Avalanche Semyon Varlamov Re-Asserting Himself

    Last Word On Hockey "This summer, the Colorado Avalanche acquired Philipp Grubauer, the former backup of the Washington Capitals. With incumbent Semyon Varlamov in the final year of his deal, it seemed an appropriate time to bring in a young up-and-comer like Grubauer. After backing up Braden..." October 20

  • Mikko Rantanen turning into ‘driving force’ for Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the goals entering the 2018-19 NHL season for Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar was to push Mikko Rantanen to become a more consistent, impact player. Through seven games, the young Finnish star is leading the NHL in assists with 11 (eight of which are primary) and his..." October 19

  • MacKinnon stays hungry for Avalanche after setting goal-streak mark

    NHL.com "Nathan MacKinnon had a question that nagged at him all summer. "Can I repeat it?" the Colorado Avalanche center said of his 2017-18 season. Six games into this season, the question and the doubt that accompanied it are gone. MacKinnon has scored in each..." October 18

  • Marijuana use in the NHL: The times they are a changin'

    Sportsnet "Fairly or not, we have an image of the GMs who sit in the executive boxes at NHL games. They’re Old School, as their average age (53.9 years) would suggest. At the high end, there’s the Islanders’ 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello. Almost to a one, they’re defined by their..." October 17

  • Colorado Avalanche lose J.T. Compher indefinitely

    Mile High Hockey "As the Colorado Avalanche prepare to begin a four game road trip, they will be doing so without second year forward J.T. Compher. This morning it was reported that the 23-year old will be missing from the lineup indefinitely due to a head injury. After scoring..." October 16

  • Marko Dano claimed by Colorado

    Arctic Ice Hockey "In one of the more bizarre cases of player management in recent memory, Marko Dano has been claimed off waivers by the Colorado Avalanche. The confirmation of the transaction comes a day after the Winnipeg Jets put the forward on waivers in an ill-fated effort..." October 15

  • Why it makes sense for Avalanche, Hurricanes to offer sheet Nylander

    The Score "We're over a week into the 2018-19 NHL season and Toronto Maple Leafs restricted free-agent forward William Nylander remains back home in Sweden, without a contract. Both sides want a long-term deal to get done, but they can't seem to agree on terms. Nylander's camp is..." October 12

  • The Colorado Avalanche should pay Mikko Rantanen right now

    Mile High Hockey "Much was speculated over the summer about whether or not the Colorado Avalanche were going to make it a priority give Mikko Rantanen a contract extension. It was argued that the team should lock up their star right winger with a new a long term extension before his Entry..." October 10

  • Avalanche places Mikko Rantanen’s contract discussions on hold

    Denver Post "Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic is confident he will sign first-line right winger Mikko Rantanen, a pending restricted free agent, to his next contract. But the sides probably won’t discuss the matter until after this season. Rantanen, who turns 22 this month,..." October 05

  • Avalanche can land super prospect Jack Hughes with Senators collapse

    USA Today "Speedy. Flashy. Dominating. Elusive. Creative. Words used to describe U.S. National Team Development star Jack Hughes leave a clear understanding about why he is projected to be the NHL’s No. 1 draft pick next summer. “He understands how gifted he is, but he doesn’t..." October 01

  • Money is the last thing on Nathan MacKinnon's mind

    Denver Post "Name the NHL’s five-best players and Nathan MacKinnon, based on — if nothing else — what he accomplished last season, makes the list. The electrifying Avalanche center had a 39-goal, 97-point season and finished second in Hart Trophy voting as the league’s..." September 22

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Cleared for takeoff, the Avalanche’s Nikita Zadorov has learned his lesson

    Denver Post "Unlike a year ago at this time, Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov has friends in high places within the organization. To begin last season, the big, hard-hitting Russian defenseman was deep in the organization’s doghouse, serving as a healthy scratch for opening..." September 17

  • NHL clears Capitals on trading, signing Brooks Orpik after buyout

    ABC News "The NHL questioned the Washington Capitals about re-signing Brooks Orpik after trading him to Colorado and cleared the Stanley Cup champions of any wrongdoing. General manager Brian MacLellan said the league questioned the Capitals for trading the veteran defenseman and then bringing..." September 15

  • MacKinnon strongly backs Schmidt following PED suspension

    The Score "Seemingly every athlete who gets busted for performance enhancing drugs says the same thing: "I would never knowingly put a banned substance in my body." The case of Nate Schmidt, who was suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's PED program last week, has been no..." September 09

  • Conor Timmins Still Dealing With Concussion-Like Symptoms

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Fans hoping to see Conor Timmins on the ice for the Colorado Avalanche at the upcoming Vegas Rookie Faceoff will be disappointed, as the team today announced that he is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms and will not take part in any on-ice activities. Timmins has been..." September 07

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07