Avalanche Rumors & News

  • IOC will have to pay for NHL players

    TSN "If the International Olympic Committee wants NHL players at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang they had best take a look at the people sitting at the table and their negotiating history. When they do, they’ll reach the conclusion they’re going to pay or they won’t have NHL players. There’s no..." October 27

  • Avalanche recall top prospect Mikko Rantanen after conditioning stint

    Today's Slapshot "Colorado Avalanche have recalled top prospect Mikko Rantanen from the AHL San Antonio Rampage following a conditioning stint. The clubs first round pick in 2015 (tenth oveall), Rantanen injured his ankle during the summer rookie tournament and missed training camp as a result. He featured in..." October 26

  • Harper scores twice as Panthers thump Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Left winger Shane Harper waited nearly three decades for his first NHL goal ... and then got his second marker just eight minutes and 23 seconds of game action later. The 27-year-old Harper's contribution helped the Florida Panthers earn a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche..." October 22

  • Mikko Rantanen scheduled to rejoin Avalanche next week

    Denver Post "Young forward Mikko Rantanen is scheduled to be recalled by the Avalanche next week and make his NHL season debut Oct. 28 against the visiting Winnipeg Jets, Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday from Amalie Arena. Rantanen, 19, started the season with the San Antonio Rampage of the..." October 21

  • Varlamov, Avalanche blank Lightning

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Looking for a stronger effort after a lackluster showing in the previous game, the Colorado Avalanche responded with a 4-0 victory against the previously undefeated Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at Amalie Arena. Colorado's Matt Duchene scored his first two goals of the..." October 20

  • Oshie, Caps power past Avs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals knew they could do better on the power play. Turns out, they were correct and the road-tripping Colorado Avalanche were victims of Washington's extra man prowess. T. J. Oshie tallied two goals, Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season and..." October 18

  • Landeskog's goals lift Avs to OT win at Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Colorado Avalanche not only showed they can keep up with the Stanley Cup champions, they proved they can beat them at their own game. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog tied the score with a power-play goal in the third period, then batted in a deflected Nathan MacKinnon..." October 17

  • Avalanche enters season with a goaltending hierarchy all set

    Denver Post "So which Semyon Varlamov will the Avalanche have in net this season? The Varlamov who was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2014 and helped the Avalanche stage a stunning one-season turnaround from second-worst in the NHL to third-best? Or the Varlamov who had his streaks of larceny last season,..." October 15

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • 10 surprises on opening night rosters

    NHL.com "With the NHL season set to begin Wednesday, each of the 30 teams announced its 23-man roster. As expected, Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick by the Winnipeg Jets, made their teams. But there were plenty of other young..." October 12

  • 31 bold predictions for 2016-17 season

    TSN "Go bold or go home. The task at hand on the eve of the 2016-17 season is to make one bold prediction for all 31 National Hockey League franchises. By nature, the end result is either all or nothing, spot on or utterly insane. There is no comfortable middle ground. Last year, it wasn’t so..." October 12

  • Avalanche sign Gabriel, Rene Bourque to one-year deals

    Hockey Fights "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forwards Gabriel Bourque and Rene Bourque each to a one-year contract for the 2016-17 season. Gabriel Bourque, 26, and Rene Bourque, 34, both joined the Avalanche as professional tryouts (PTO) last month. Rene shared..." October 10

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • Avalanche sends J.T. Compher, Chris Bigras, Anton Lindholm to minors

    Denver Post "The Avalanche reassigned 21-year-olds J.T. Compher, Chris Bigras and Anton Lindholm to San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Thursday afternoon, trimming its preseason roster to 27. Unless the Avalanche places a player on injured reserve, four more cuts must take place heading into..." October 07

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • NHL point projections: How we see 2016-17 season unfolding

    USA Today "The only guarantee about the NHL standings in 2016-17 is that they won’t look like the 2015-16 standings. Historically, there’s usually a significant change in who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. This past season, the NHL had five new playoff qualifiers. In 2014-15, seven playoff teams..." October 04

  • Avalanche’s Matt Duchene suffered separated shoulder in World Cup practice, played on

    Denver Post "Matt Duchene Monday was back practicing with the Avalanche for the first time since playing for Canada’s championship team in the World Cup of Hockey, and he skated at right wing on a Nathan MacKinnon-centered line with veteran Gabriel Bourque. Duchene also discussed — to a point — the..." October 04

  • Avalanche Reduces Roster To 30

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche hockey club announced Sunday that the team has reduced its roster to 30 players. The following skaters have been reassigned:" October 02

  • Varly, Bourques impress Bednar; Grigorenko continues to excel

    HockeyBuzz "Like the rest of the Avalanche, goalie Semyon Varlamov struggled down the stretch last season. He lost six of his final seven starts with a playoff position on the line and finished with a 2.81 goals-against average, the second worst of his NHL career. Varlamov said he was nervous before..." October 02

  • Former first-round draft pick Duncan Siemens, 23, still eyes NHL career

    Denver Post "Among the top-17 selections in the 2011 draft, Avalanche prospect Duncan Siemens is the only one to have played less than 40 career NHL games. Colorado chose Siemens at No. 11, and he has played just one game with the Avs. In that same draft, Colorado chose left wing Gabe Landeskog with the..." October 01

  • Landeskog to remain captain under Bednar, his third head coach in Colorado

    Denver Post "Avalanche left wing Gabe Landeskog acknowledged Thursday that he was pleased to learn he will remain captain and that new coach Jared Bednar represents change from something that wasn’t working. Landeskog, who is preparing for his sixth NHL season, and fellow Swede Carl Soderberg practiced..." September 30

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Nathan MacKinnon Talks News System Under Bednar

    Denver Post "Center Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Erik Johnson went through off-ice video study of new coach Jared Bednar’s systems to get caught up as much as possible with their teammates Sunday, then practiced with the Avalanche Monday at Family Sports Center. Both were back after their teams didn’t..." September 27

  • Eric Gelinas ready to write off last season and claim a spot on Avalanche defense

    Denver Post "On March 18 in Calgary, Avalanche defenseman Eric Gelinas got tangled up with a Flames’ skater behind the net. “It wasn’t even a hard hit,” Gelinas, 25, said at Avalanche training camp Saturday. “It was one of those funky accidents. I was just tying to get the guy in and wait for him to get on..." September 25

  • Colorado Avalanche uncertain on how it will use Semyon Varlamov, Calvin Pickard in goal

    Denver Post "In an 82-game NHL season, a solid backup goalie typically gets 20-30 starts, and that number usually depends on how much work or rest the No. 1 goalie desires. For the Avalanche this season, it’s all up in the air for a variety of reasons. Russian Semyon Varlamov, 28, is still Colorado’s No. 1..." September 23

  • Avalanche sign winger Jiri Tlusty to PTO

    Today's Slapshot "Colorado Avalanche have signed 28-year-old winger Jiri Tlusty to a PTO. Tlusty spent last season with the New Jersey Devils, but was limited to just 30 games due to a combination of injuries, most notably a ligament tear in his wrist which ultimately required surgery, ruling him out for the..." September 20

  • Canucks sign Jack Skille to PTO

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed right wing Jack Skille to a professional try-out contract. Skille, 29, appeared in 74 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season, registering 14 points (8-6-14) along with 11 penalty minutes. The 6-1,..." September 19

  • Mikko Rantanen Suffers Apparent Right Leg Injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "5:51pm: Mike Chambers reports that the injury is an ankle sprain and nothing serious. 5:16pm: According to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Colorado Avalanche prospect Mikko Rantanen was helped off the ice in today’s rookie tournament game with a right-leg injury. Chambers calls it “trouble”,..." September 18

  • Mikko Rantanen looks forward to his first full NHL season

    Denver Post "Mikko Rantanen made his NHL debut at age 18 last October, but considering what happened in the ensuing months, that wasn’t the highlight of his hockey season. The Avalanche’s 2015 first-round draft pick captained host Finland to the World Junior Championship gold medal in Helsinki before..." September 18

  • Mikko Rantanen to Miss 2-4 Weeks

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche’s top prospect Mikko Rantanen is on a mission to make the team’s opening night lineup. That plan hit a serious impediment Saturday when he was injured during a prospects scrimmage. Saturday, the team termed it a minor ankle sprain, and Sunday they announced that he’s..." September 18

  • Nikita Zadorov is a key piece to the Avalanche’s blue-line puzzle

    Denver Post "A year ago on the first day of Avalanche training camp, newly acquired young defenseman Nikita Zadorov was asked if he had any doubts on making the opening-night roster and playing the entire season in the NHL. The big Russian didn’t like the question, despite being just 20 years old and in the..." September 17

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost on different development paths for Avalanche

    Denver Post "In consecutive drafts, the Avalanche believes it selected a sure-fire future NHL player with the No. 10 pick. Colorado expects Mikko Rantanen (2015 draft) and Tyson Jost (2016) to become top-six forwards and have a chance for stardom. But because of where they come from, Rantanen, 19, is..." September 16

  • Report: With Roy gone, the Avs have hired a couple of analytics experts

    Pro Hockey Talk "Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but one month after Patrick Roy’s abrupt resignation comes a report that the Colorado Avalanche have hired a couple of analytics experts. OK, it’s probably not a coincidence. From BSN Denver: Earlier today, BSN Denver confirmed through various sources the..." September 15

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Bednar promises 'definite changes' to improve Avalanche

    NHL.com "Jared Bednar always believed he eventually would get an opportunity to reach the NHL as a coach, something that never happened for him as a player. Bednar, 44, who was hired as Colorado Avalanche coach Aug. 25, was formally introduced in the locker room at a Pepsi Center news conference..." September 01

  • Avalanche's Gabriel Bourque: Set to attend Avalanche's camp on PTO

    CBS Sports "Bourque will attend the Avalanche's training camp on a professional tryout agreement, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports." September 01

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Avalanche’s Jared Bednar joins long list of NHL coaches who came from AHL

    Denver Post "The new Avalanche coach had been waiting for a question about never having coached in the NHL before, and when it didn’t come, he brought up the subject himself as the news conference was about to end. “I was surprised that no one asked me a question about experience and stuff like that,” he..." August 27

  • Jared Bednar’s Avalanche staff uncertain; Patrick Roy’s support staff might be retained

    Denver Post "The Avalanche’s coaching staff could be completely overhauled or just tweaked at the top. New head coach Jared Bednar might keep Patrick Roy’s support staff or bring in his own crew. Avs general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday that Roy’s assistant coaches Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Nolan Pratt..." August 26

  • Bednar the Avs' 1st head coach with no previous ties to organization

    NHL.com "Jared Bednar was named coach of the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. "I was certainly happy to be considered and I'm ecstatic to have been named head coach and I'm looking forward to getting to work," the 44-year-old said. "When I started coaching, my ultimate goal was obviously to get to the..." August 26

  • Jared Bednar Hired As Avs Coach

    Columbus Dispatch "The Colorado Avalanche are on the verge of hiring Jared Bednar as coach, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger. Bednar was coach of the Blue Jackets' minor-league affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, winning the AHL's Calder Cup last spring." August 25

  • Avs Give Rene Bourque a PTO: Report

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Rene Bourque to a professional tryout (PTO), according to James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail. The former University of Wisconsin Badger most recently spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets, putting up three goals and eight points in 49 games last..." August 25

  • Boughner and Dineen ‘major candidates’ for Avs gig, Arniel out

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just weeks after Patrick Roy’s shock departure, Colorado’s search for a new head coach appears to be taking shape. There’s plenty to get into, so let’s go bullet points: • Per the Denver Post, a pair of assistant coaches — San Jose’s Bob Boughner and Chicago’s Kevin Dineen — have emerged as..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • The Avalanche core isn’t the problem, they just need some help

    Pro Hockey Talk "Three years ago the Colorado Avalanche came out of nowhere to win 52 games and surprisingly take the Central Division crown during the 2013-14 season. Even though there were a lot of red flags that came along with that success (they weren’t a good defensive team and they were one of the worst..." August 20

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