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  • Oilers F Tyler Ennis, Avs D Greg Pateryn clear waivers

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Ennis cleared on waivers Tuesday, along with Colorado Avalanche defenceman Greg Pateryn. Jeremy Bracco, who was loaned to Finland's KalPa earlier on Tuesday, was placed on unconditional waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes. " January 26

  • How Joe Sakic built the Colorado Avalanche into a perennial Stanley Cup contender

    ESPN "Despite a 3-3 start, the Colorado Avalanche are one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season. But how did they get here? How did a team that finished dead last in the NHL in 2016-17 become the toast of the league in four years? And how did they do it without sacrificing the..." January 26

  • Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Goalie Tandems

    Bleacher Report "A strong goaltending tandem can be a crucial part of an NHL team's success. With the 2020-21 regular season compressed into a tight 56-game schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having two capable goalies could be more important than ever. Every team has a starting..." January 26

  • AHL’s Stockton Heat To Play 2020-21 Season In Calgary

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a surprising move, especially given the AHL’s return to action in less than two weeks, the Stockton Heat will not be playing in Stockton in 2021. Scott Linesburgh of The Stockton Record writes this evening that city and county officials have confirmed that the club does not..." January 25

  • Oilers' Tyler Ennis, Avalanche Greg Pateryn on waivers

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers placed forward Tyler Ennis on waivers Monday, while the Colorado Avalanche waived recently-added defenceman Greg Pateryn. Ennis, 31, is minus-4 and without a point in four games with the Oilers this season. He carries a $1 million cap hit on the..." January 25

  • NHL Considering Prospect Showcase Before 2021 Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many junior leagues shut down throughout the world and playing time being limited for up-and-coming draft prospects due to the pandemic, there is talk of making some changes to the upcoming draft format. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there is talk that the..." January 24

  • 10 NHL Coaches and General Managers On The Hot Seat

    Bleacher Report "The NHL began its abbreviated 56-game 2020-21 season on Jan. 13. For several coaches and general managers, this campaign could determine their ongoing employment. Some, such as Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, are..." January 22

  • AHL Releases 2020-21 Regular Season Schedule

    Yardbarker "Two weeks from now, the American Hockey League will start what it is still calling the 2020-21 season. On Feb. 5, things will kick off with several games around the minor leagues even without a handful of teams that opted out. League president Scott Howson released this statement Friday,..." January 22

  • Bo Byram to make NHL debut tonight for Avs

    Colorado Hockey Now "The Avs will try to get a sweep of their two-game series with the Los Angeles Kings tonight. This is what the lines and D pairs will look like and there is BIG NEWS about a couple of additions to the lineup, one of which might just include the name Bo..." January 21

  • NHL COVID game calls: Player quantity, not quality

    ESPN "The Carolina Hurricanes said the NHL's postponement of two games this week was not based on the prestige of the players who are currently on the league's COVID related absence list. The Hurricanes have five players on that list, including key forwards Jordan..." January 21

  • Which teams make the most sense for Pierre-Luc Dubois trade?

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the NHL, you don’t see a lot of situations along the lines of James Harden forcing his way out of Houston in just about the least nuanced way possible. Usually, you barely hear a rumbling about a high-profile player wanting out. So, by the standards of headline-averse NHL..." January 21

  • Avs still have a too-many-men “problem” on defense

    Colorado Hockey Now " Ian Cole was traded to the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, which created an opening in the top six of the Avs defense. Yet, the Avs added a pretty good veteran D-man, Greg Pateryn, in the return on the trade. So, where is he going to play? And, if Bo Byram starts to play in..." January 21

  • Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon reaches 500 career points

    CBS Sports "MacKinnon assisted on goals by Brandon Saad and Mikko Rantanen in the contest. The latter helper gave MacKinnon 500 career points (191 goals, 309 assists) in only 528 regular-season games.  " January 20

  • 6 Players over 30 We Want to See Lift the Stanley Cup

    Bleacher Report "It's one of the hardest sports trophies to win. And when each and every NHL playoff tournament ends, there's a particularly poignant moment when a championship team's popular first-timer has the Stanley Cup handed to him for a celebratory skate. Steven..." January 20

  • The Fight Over Hockey's Racial Reckoning

    SI "On Sept. 3, just past the midway point of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL issued a 2,500-word press release cataloguing, as the headline declared, "Initiatives to Combat Racism and Accelerate its Inclusion Efforts."  It was a sensitive moment for the league. A..." January 20

  • Ian Cole traded to Wild by Avalanche for Greg Pateryn

    NHL.com "Ian Cole was traded to the Minnesota Wild by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday for Greg Pateryn. Cole, a 31-year-old defenseman who scored 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) in 65 games with the Avalanche last season, has no points in two games this season. He is in the..." January 19

  • The NHL has pushed pause on its puck tracking project

    Scouting The Refs "The National Hockey League has pushed pause on its puck tracking project. From the NHL: The National Hockey League announced today that, effective with tonight’s games, the League will be using game pucks without the imbedded tracking technology. The decision was made..." January 19

  • Behind the Scenes at a Fanless NHL Game

    Bleacher Report "Madison Square Garden is a special place. So many of these buildings are generic, dual-sport facilities that all feel the same and look the same once you're inside. But not the Garden. The Garden has a feel all its own. My first trip to the World's Most Famous Arena..." January 19

  • Bowen Byram and Erik Johnson ready to roll for Avs

    Colorado Hockey Now "One is the youngest player on the Avs roster. One is the second-oldest. What Bo Byram and Erik Johnson share in common, though, is a fire to play some hockey again at the NHL level. " January 18

  • How the Colorado Avalanche are handling being a top Stanley Cup favorite

    ESPN "Milan Hejduk was the last remaining member of the 2001 Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche to stay on the roster. But entering the 2012-13 season, Hejduk knew he would have a diminished role. He called teammate Gabriel Landeskog and told him to meet him and..." January 18

  • IIHF to move world championship from Minsk due to political unrest

    The Score "The 2021 men's world championship will no longer be played in Minsk, the IIHF announced Monday. The tournament - which the IIHF awarded to Minsk and the Latvian capital of Riga in 2017 - is being relocated due to political unrest in Belarus and the ongoing pandemic...." January 18

  • Avalanche amuse themselves between periods with classic video games

    NHL.com "With no fans in attendance to inform about upcoming games or participate in contests during intermission, what is a public address announcer to do? The answer, seemingly for the Colorado Avalanche, is to play some video games. On Friday during intermission of its game..." January 17

  • USHL Gaining Top Players With Canadian Junior Leagues Out Of Action

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The United States Hockey League, USHL, is the top junior league in the U.S. and has been growing as a top developmental destination in recent years. Yet, they have never seen an influx of talent as they have this season. Early on, it was NCAA players whose teams (mostly Ivy League programs)..." January 17

  • Matt Calvert’s pink visor isn’t a style choice; it’s a necessity

    Colorado Hockey Now "Avalanche forward Matt Calvert turned some heads on the ice and on social media when he debuted his pink visor to the world during Wednesday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues. The visor, though eye-catching, is not a matter of style or swag. Rather,..." January 15

  • Avalanche's Bowen Byram assigned to AHL

    CBS Sports "Byram will conclude his mandatory quarantine Saturday before joining the big club for its West Coast road trip Monday, so this will end up being a short-lived assignment.  " January 14

  • Shane Bowers cracks Colorado Avalanche taxi squad

    The Chronicle Herald "Herring Cove's Shane Bowers is sticking with the Colorado Avalanche as a taxi squad player. The NHL team announced the six-person squad on Wednesday after finalizing its 21-man roster. Bowers, 21, is one of four forwards in the group but the only centre. The league..." January 14

  • Blues' Sammy Blais: Receives two-game ban

    CBS Sports "Blais was suspended two games for a hit to the head of Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews. Blais' hit came in the first period and earned him a minor penalty, while Toews was able to continue playing in the contest.  " January 14

  • 10 NHL Players Who Will Have Breakout Performances in 2020-21

    Bleacher Report "In every NHL season, several promising young players break out as stars. We can expect the same during this truncated 2020-21 campaign. Fans usually focus on top rookies or sophomore players who can build upon their promising debuts. However, there are various players entering their..." January 14

  • Avs' Erik Johnson tested positive for COVID-19, expected back Saturday

    Colorado Hockey Now "We all suspected the absence of Erik Johnson in training camp had something to do with Covid-19, but it was made official this morning. The veteran Avs defenseman tested positive for the virus recently, coach Jared Bednar said. The good news: he’s well on his way to..." January 14

  • 22 NHL players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League today released the list of Players who are unavailable to play or practice on January 13, 2021, in accordance with the League's COVID Protocols. Beginning today, and continuing for the balance of the season, the NHL will be sharing the names of Players who are..." January 13

  • Enthusiasm, intrigue set the table for an NHL season unlike any other

    Sportsnet "In 2021, the promise of fresh ice and a fresh NHL schedule comes with no less excitement or anticipation than it usually would. But this season of our dreams in the Great White North also looms as a Great Unknown. We are not just talking about who will surprise and..." January 13

  • NHL announces 27 positive COVID-19 tests through training camp

    Oilers Nation "The National Hockey League says 27 positive COVID-19 tests were returned among players during training camps. The positive tests came from nine teams, although the majority were due to an outbreak that included 17 players on the Dallas Stars. The players have been largely..." January 12

  • NHL 2021: Avalanche, Lightning top Stanley Cup odds for the season

    Sporting News "The puck is hours away from dropping on the 2021 NHL season. It'll be a sprint to the playoffs as the 31 NHL teams are set to play 56 games over the course of the next 116 nights. The defending champion Lightning are expected to make a big run once again, with preseason odds..." January 12

  • NHL 2021 season debate: The worst and best offseason moves

    USA Today "The 2021 NHL season is mere days away. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout North America, the NHL has implemented a more compact, 56-game schedule with teams allowed to carry a "taxi squad" of players. This group will consist of four to six players who teams..." January 12

  • NHL to have two outdoor games this season in Lake Tahoe

    The Sports Daily "The National Hockey League will have two outdoor games in Lake Tahoe during the 2020-21 regular season according to Sean Leahy of NBC Sports. The games will be played on February 20 between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, and then on February 21 between the Boston..." January 12

  • The NHL is set for a strange season. Here's why it will be among the most unusual in history.

    USA Today "The NHL has had two seasons shortened and another canceled because of labor disputes. Last season was paused in March because of a pandemic and eventually ended in late September. This season, the NHL will try to navigate another shortened season amid a surge in the COVID-19..." January 12

  • Pavel Francouz's new mask honors Nordiques, Avalanche legends

    The Score "Pavel Francouz may have just laid claim to the best mask in the NHL. The Colorado Avalanche goaltender has some beautiful new headgear - presumably in conjunction with the league's Reverse Retro jerseys - that designer Bohumil Koral shared Sunday on Instagram. " January 11

  • NHL's Gary Bettman expecting billions in losses during short season

    ESPN "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league and its clubs will lose billions of dollars to stage an abridged 2021 season largely without fans, but he felt it was critical to play through the pandemic anyway. "Let me make something really clear: We're coming back to play..." January 11

  • Corey Perry, Loui Eriksson among players on waivers

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forwards Corey Perry and Michael Frolik were among a large number of players placed on waivers Monday as team's look to set their opening-day rosters before Wednesday. Both Perry and Frolik were signed by the Canadiens as free agents last months, with both..." January 11

  • NHL on NBC hires Mike Babcock in studio role

    The Score "Mike Milbury will not be back as an analyst for NBC Sports this season. The network released its broadcasting roster for the upcoming campaign Monday, and the longtime commentator's name is not on the list. Mike Babcock will make his debut as a studio analyst..." January 11

  • 43 Players Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As teams begin to make their final camp decisions with the 2020-21 season getting started this week, the ramifications are apparent in today’s waiver wire group. All nine players from Saturday’s waivers cleared, but that is less likely to occur Sunday with a much longer..." January 10

  • Sportsnet to broadcast over 300 NHL games for the 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "Sportsnet is answering the call of the North with more than 300 NHL broadcasts in a condensed 17-week schedule across its TV and streaming platforms this season. In addition, 140 all-Canadian matchups will be available across the Sportsnet Radio Network. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13,..." January 08

  • 25 players placed on NHL waivers

    TSN "Twenty-five players have been placed on waivers as of 12 p.m. ET. Notable names include David Backes and Nicolas Petan. Four teams are waiving the following players: Colorado Avalanche: Jacob MacDonald, Daniel Renouf, Kyle Burroughs, Michael Vecchione, Thomas Tynan, Miikka..." January 08

  • 5 NHL head coaches on the hot seat entering the season

    The Score "Expectations are a part of sports, and hockey is no exception. The most talented teams believe they can win the Stanley Cup, and anything less is a disappointment. Then there's the middle of the pack, comprised of teams fighting for a playoff spot and hoping for the best when they..." January 08

  • NHL RFA Deadline Approaching Quickly

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a normal season, even restricted free agents that miss all of training camp have plenty of time to sign. To be eligible to play, they must have a contract signed and filed with the league by December 1, nearly two months after a normal NHL season begins. Two years ago we saw a negotiation go..." January 08

  • 5 NHL players poised for bounce-back seasons in 2021

    The Score "The following five players disappointed in 2019-20, but we're projecting them to bounce back in a big way this season. Johnny Gaudreau & Sean Monahan, Flames The Johnny and Mony Show followed up their 2018-19 career years with two of their worst..." January 08

  • Bill Daly: NHL not interested in keeping Canadian Division beyond 2021

    The Score "The NHL won't look to keep the North Division around beyond the 2021 season. "No. Quite the opposite, actually," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Sportsnet's "Tim and Sid" on Thursday. "I think from a league perspective, there's a..." January 07

  • Top Trades, Landing Spots for Pierre-Luc Dubois

    Bleacher Report "It was good news for the Columbus Blue Jackets. But not for long. Shortly after the ink was dry on a two-year, $10 million contract with restricted free agent forward Pierre-Luc Dubois—the team's leading scorer in 2019-20—word got out that the 22-year-old was..." January 07

  • Bill Daly: 'Everything on track' for Ontario, Manitoba to approve NHL's return

    Sportsnet "The Ontario and Manitoba governments have still not signed off on the NHL's return to play plan and safety protocols with less than a week before the puck drops on the new NHL season, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly is optimistic those approvals will come. "As I understand..." January 07

  • Colorado Eagles Sign Forward Alexandre Fortin to AHL Contract

    coloradoeagles.com "The Colorado Eagles, proud AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, have announced that the team has signed forward Alexandre Fortin to an AHL contract for the 2020-21 season. The 6-foot, 185-pound center has posted 18 goals and 32 assists in 144 AHL contests with the Rockford IceHogs, while..." January 07