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  • Avalanche will play Golden Knights or Sharks in Western Second Round

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche advanced to the Western Conference Second Round and will play the Vegas Golden Knights or San Jose Sharks. The Avalanche defeated the Calgary Flames 5-1 in Game 5 on Friday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Golden Knights lead the..." April 20

  • Avalanche advanced in playoffs thanks to top scorers

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008 with a five-game victory in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round against the Calgary Flames. Colorado lost the opener 4-0 but won the next four games, including a..." April 20

  • Both No. 1 seeds ousted in Round 1 for 1st time in expansion era

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Calgary Flames from the postseason in five games Friday night with a one-sided 5-1 victory. Along with the Tampa Bay Lightning's sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, it marked the first time both No. 1 seeds lost in the first round in the..." April 20

  • Avalanche seek 'best effort yet' to finish off Flames in Game 5

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche are intent on closing out the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, ALT). Colorado has won three straight games to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series and is..." April 19

  • How the Avalanche are beating the Flames at their own game

    Sportsnet "In breaking down the first round series between the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche before it began, the biggest area of concern for the Avalanche that I saw was the Flames’ ability to create turnovers in dangerous areas, many of which lead to odd-man rushes. In fact, in..." April 17

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Flames can’t keep putting Avs on power play

    Pro Hockey Talk "To the naked eye, the Colorado Avalanche power play hasn’t been too special through three games against the Calgary Flames. After all, they’re only clicking at 12.5 percent. But keeping that power play off the ice might be the difference between the Flames advancing to the second..." April 17

  • Cale Makar to wear number 8 for the Colorado Avalanche

    Mile High Hockey "When he signed his ELC yesterday morning the big mystery became; which number would Cale Makar wear for the Colorado Avalanche. The reigning Hobey Baker winner has worn No. 16 with UMass for the past two seasons but that number is already taken by big Nikita Zadorov. So the guessing..." April 15

  • Top prospect Cale Makar to suit up for Colorado Avalanche in Game 3, one day after signing contract

    CBS Sports "The Cale Makar era is about to begin in Colorado. College hockey's top prospect signed an entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday and joined the Avs for practice on Monday. He's expected to be inserted into the lineup immediately and will suit up when the..." April 15

  • Avalanche finally break through against Mike Smith, Flames

    Sportsnet "Two nights after stealing the spotlight, Mike Smith came within a hair of outright stealing a game. Alas, justice was ultimately served in the form of a 3-2 overtime win for the Colorado Avalanche ending with a Nathan MacKinnon rocket that beat Smith clean glove side. The..." April 14

  • Three NHL teams adding new players, potential difference makers in playoffs

    USA Today "With the 2019 NHL playoffs looking wide open, teams are aggressively bringing in young reinforcements to find an edge. The Vegas Golden Knights announced they have signed Nikita Gusev, 26, who led the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League in scoring with 82 points in..." April 14

  • Avalanche Signs Cale Makar to Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Cale Makar to a three-year, entry-level contract. He will join the Avalanche immediately for its Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Calgary Flames. Makar, 20, just completed his sophomore season..." April 14

  • Flames’ top line contributing in other ways against Avalanche

    Sportsnet "The perception in Calgary has long been that if the Flames’ top trio isn’t chipping in offensively, they’re not contributing at all. Game 1 proved otherwise for the Flames when Elias Lindholm excelled as a penalty killer, Sean Monahan was a perfect 9-0 in the faceoff..." April 13

  • Avalanche looks to sign Cale Makar immediately after NCAA championship game

    Denver Post "The Avalanche will attempt to sign University of Massachusetts sophomore defenseman Cale Makar immediately after Saturday’s NCAA championship game in Buffalo, the team said, but it’s unknown if the 2019 Hobey Baker Award winner will make his NHL debut in Game 3 against the Calgary..." April 13

  • Colorado Avalanche prospect Cale Makar wins the 2019 Hobey Baker Award

    Mile High Hockey "Cale Makar was announced as the winner of the 2019 Hobey Baker Award Friday night in Buffalo — capping off one of the best individual NCAA seasons in recent memory. Harvard’s Adam Fox (Carolina for now) and St. Cloud State’s Jimmy Schuldt (Vegas) finished as runners-up...." April 13

  • Grubauer could carry Avs, if playoff history doesn’t repeat

    Pro Hockey Talk "Philipp Grubauer is a Stanley Cup champion, but you can’t blame him if he doesn’t really feel that way. Grubauer wrestled the Washington Capitals’ starting job away from Braden Holtby with a superior 2017-18 regular season, but things fell apart to start..." April 11

  • Rantanen could return for Avs' first-round series

    Denver Post "All signs point toward Mikko Rantanen returning to the Avalanche for Game 1 of the playffs Thursday night at Calgary. Rantanen, who missed the last eight regular-season games with an injury to his midsection (ribs or hip), went through a full practice Monday in a red non-contact..." April 08

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Philipp Grubauer may be ‘Mr. Post-Trade-Deadline’, but that’s all Colorado needed

    Mile High Hockey "It’s been a roller coaster of a season for Philipp Grubuaer. The Colorado Avalanche plummeted down the standings in January, following up a concerning 4-7-3 record in December with a downright horrendous 3-7-0 campaign to kick off the new year. They went from the top..." April 08

  • Avalanche spurred to playoff berth by successful stretch run

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season, pulling away from a crowded pack in the Western Conference and getting in with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center on Thursday. The road to the..." April 06

  • Avalanche could get the No. 1 pick in Tuesday’s NHL draft lottery — but don’t set expectations too high

    Denver Post "Tuesday’s NHL draft lottery in Toronto is bound to irritate Avalanche fans throughout North America if they don’t take the right approach. Which is, hope for the best (No. 1 pick) but prepare for the worst (No. 4). The worst isn’t that bad. No other team in the..." April 06

  • Cale Makar is 'built for today’s NHL’ , plans to sign Friday with Avalanche

    Mass Live "In his prep work to call the NCAA’s Northeast Regional last weekend, ESPN analyst Barry Melrose asked UMass coach Greg Carvel what Cale Makar most needed to work on. “He said ‘His one-timer. He doesn’t one-time the puck very well,’” Melrose said...." April 06

  • Bednar hopeful Rantanen will be ready for playoffs

    The Score "Mikko Rantanen won't play in his club's regular-season finale, but his head coach is optimistic that the star forward will be back for the postseason. Colorado Avalanche bench boss Jared Bednar told reporters Saturday he's "hopeful" Rantanen will feature for the..." April 06

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Avs' Landeskog will return for crucial game vs. Coyotes

    The Score "Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will play on Friday against the Arizona Coyotes after missing nine games with an upper-body injury, the team announced. Landeskog was originally given a four-to-six-week timetable on March 8. The Avalanche hold the Western..." March 29

  • Avalanche sign Shane Bowers to entry-level contract

    Sportsnet "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Shane Bowers to an entry-level contract beginning at the start of next season. Bowers is the sixth player from Boston University to leave the Terriers this week, finishing his sophomore season with 11 goals and 10 assists in 37..." March 29

  • Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog could play Friday vs. Coyotes

    Sportsnet "Gabriel Landeskog wore a regular contact jersey at Colorado Avalanche practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on March 7 against Dallas. Avs head coach Jared Bednar says Landeskog is “a possibility for tomorrow,” a game against the..." March 28

  • Grubauer’s hot streak makes Avs’ present (and future) much brighter

    Pro Soccer Talk "Philipp Grubauer hasn’t exactly looked like the Colorado Avalanche’s goalie of the future (or present) very often this season, but that’s changed lately — and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There were plenty of stretches lately where the..." March 28

  • Report: Shane Bowers to sign Entry-Level Contract with Colorado Avalanche

    Mile High Hockey "The Colorado Avalanche have signed 2017 first-round pick Shane Bowers to an entry-level contract starting on July 1st, 2019. Bowers has decided to forgo his junior year at Boston University to turn pro with Colorado. He will be joining the AHL’s Colorado Eagles on an Amateur..." March 28

  • Avs collecting points without Landeskog, Rantanen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Avalanche are in the middle of a street fight with the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference on the line. They currently own that last playoff spot, but the competition is fierce, and it includes the Arizona Coyotes and Minnesota Wild (for now). As if a steamy playoff..." March 27

  • Avalanche prospect Shane Bowers expected to return to BU next season

    Mile High Hockey "As the season comes to an end for most NCAA hockey players, we’ve come to the time of year when NHL teams begin to sign their prospects in order to bring them into the system for next season. We know Cale Makar is coming, it’s just a matter of waiting until the Frozen..." March 25

  • Avalanche prepared for playoff race heading down stretch

    NHL.com "Tyson Barrie looked at the big picture. The Colorado Avalanche defenseman knew gaining another point against the Chicago Blackhawks would have been ideal, but to get three of four points against the Blackhawks in back-to-back games this weekend was nevertheless a huge help in their..." March 25

  • Surging Avalanche look to keep hold of playoff spot

    Pro Hockey Talk "No Gabriel Landeskog. No Mikko Rantanen. And, apparently, no problem for the Colorado Avalanche. It seems kind of crazy that the Avalanche have strung together four straight wins and put themselves into the second wildcard in the Western Conference without two of the leading scorers...." March 24

  • Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen ruled out Saturday

    CBS Sports "Rantanen (undisclosed) won't play against the Blackhawks on Saturday. Rantanen reportedly missed warmups, so rookie winger Andrew Agozzino will draw into the lineup instead. Owning 31 goals and 56 assists to complement 33 power-play points through 74 games, Rantanen assuredly will..." March 23

  • MacKinnon, Grubauer leading Avs’ playoff charge

    Pro Hockey Talk "Two weeks ago the Colorado Avalanche looked like they were done. They were in 10th place in the Western Conference, four points out of a playoff spot, had lost four of their previous six games, and were just finding out that Gabriel Landeskog — their captain and one of their..." March 23

  • Ten Finalists Named For 2019 Hobey Baker Award

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The first round of voting has come to an end, and the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award have been named. 83 players were nominated for the award this year, and a fan vote was added to the opinions of NCAA head coaches to determine the final ten names. The trophy..." March 20

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Hockey was a buried treasure for J.T. Compher family

    Denver Post "Hockey was like a buried treasure for the Compher family of Northbrook, Ill. If Bob Compher, wife Valerie, young son J.T. and daughters Morgan and Jesse hadn’t moved from one Chicago suburb to another in 2000, hockey wouldn’t have been so hip. J.T., 23, probably..." March 17

  • Troy Terry impressed Joe Sakic with stick-handling in a phone booth

    Denver Post "During the NHL lockout of 2004-05, 7-year-old Troy Terry shot pucks at Joe Sakic, the Avalanche center and team captain who also played goalie for kids in his driveway. Fourteen years later, and standing outside of the visiting locker room at the Pepsi Center for the first time..." March 16

  • Bednar: Avalanche were 'checking with our eyes' in loss to Ducks

    Denver Post "Avalanche coach Jared Bednar chastised his players Friday after his rested squad blew a 2-0 lead and lost to the road-weary Anaheim Ducks in a game Colorado had to win to keep its dwindling playoff hopes alive. “We were checking with our eyes,” Bednar said after the Ducks..." March 16

  • Sabres’ Jack Eichel on suspension: ‘I just didn’t think that it matched up’

    WGR 550 Sports Radio "The Sabres aren’t too happy about Jack Eichel’s two-game suspension from the NHL. Eichel was suspended for a head hit to Colorado’s Carl Soderberg. Eichel said, “You don’t want to miss two games with the team, but it’s the league’s decision and we have..." March 11

  • Is the Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie expendable? Colorado has options with Cale Makar and Conor Timmins

    Denver Post "Tyson Barrie has heard the rumblings and understands the situation. The power-play quarterback realizes that two younger Avalanche defensemen of his same special ilk could lead to the end of his tenure in Colorado before the final year of his $22 million contract kicks in next..." March 09

  • With Landeskog out 4-6 weeks, Avs’ playoff hopes look bleak

    Pro Football Talk "The odds were already against the Colorado Avalanche in their push to make the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now they’re going to need to try to make up ground without their captain. The Avs announced that Gabriel Landeskog is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with an upper-body..." March 09

  • Landeskog out 4-6 weeks with UBI

    TSN "Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog will miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced Friday.  The injury comes at a terrible time for the Avs as Colorado enters play Friday four points out of a playoff spot.  " March 08

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • Avalanche lose Nikita Zadorov to an upper body injury

    Mile High Hockey "The Colorado Avalanche announced this afternoon that Nikita Zadorov will not travel with the team to Dallas for their matchup with the Stars Thursday night. The big defender suffered what the team is calling an upper-body injury in a 4-3 overtime victory against..." March 07

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • The Avalanche’s Ryan Graves was a clumsy kid. Now he’s playing in the NHL with boyhood buddy Nathan MacKinnon

    Denver Post "At best, Ryan Graves was a cumbersome teenage hockey player. His skating stride was inefficient and his stick-handling unwieldy. Boyhood buddy Nathan MacKinnon called him clumsy. MacKinnon now calls Graves his NHL teammate for the Avalanche. The proud Nova Scotians grew up four hours..." March 03

  • Jarome Iginla’s fire still burns bright even in retirement

    Sportsnet "Jarome Iginla still remembers that long, heart-wrenching walk out of the St. Pete Times Forum that muggy June evening. Next to him strode downtrodden coach Darryl Sutter, who listened to the captain lament the fact he couldn’t come up with one more goal somewhere along the way..." March 02