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  • 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

  • Sampo Ranta Joins The University Of Minnesota

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Colorado Avalanche prospect Sampo Ranta has finally landed with the right college program. The 2018 third-round pick was originally committed to the University of Wisconsin, but was released from his National Letter of Intent earlier this summer. Intrigue surrounded the young forward,..." September 02

  • How Nathan MacKinnon became the NHL’s most gifted athlete

    Sportsnet "t’s just before lunchtime on a late August Tuesday. Nathan MacKinnon, still somewhat bed-headed, walks up to his front door and hits the buzzer to unlock the gate to the private road out by Grand Lake, about a half hour and, oh, several million dollars from the neighbourhood he grew up..." September 01

  • Cole says Avalanche could be in playoffs 'every single year'

    NHL.com "When Ian Cole was considering his options in free agency, the defenseman liked what he saw in the Colorado Avalanche: speed, youth and most of all, potential. Cole, who signed a three-year contract with the Avalanche on July 1, said those three factors mean Colorado's return to..." August 28

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • 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