Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Avalanche signs ECHL agreement with Colorado Eagles

    Denver Post "The Avalanche and Colorado Eagles of the ECHL announced an affiliation agreement Wednesday, allowing the Windsor-based Eagles to carry some Avalanche prospects who don’t play for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League. The ECHL — which formerly stood for the East Coast Hockey..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Avalanche adds a third on-ice assistant coach

    Denver Post "Former Avalanche defenseman Nolan Pratt, a two-time Stanley Cup champion who served as an assistant coach for the Calder Cup-winning Lake Erie Monsters this past season, has been hired by Colorado as its third on-ice assistant coach, the team announced Friday. Pratt, 40, will work alongside..." July 16

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Avalanche sign Nathan MacKinnon to seven-year deal

    The Hockey Writers "Restricted free agent Nathan MacKinnon has come to terms with the Colorado Avalanche on a seven-year contract extension. The team didn’t disclose details, but Elliotte Friedman reports that the deal carries an AAV of $6.3 million. That deal will make MacKinnon, the first overall draft pick in..." July 08

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque pleads guilty in drunken-driving case

    Sporting News "Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque pleaded guilty Wednesday in Massachusetts to a drunken-driving charge, NECN.com reported . The former Bruins star, 55, pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on operating under the influence of alcohol charges after the Mercedes-Benz he was driving rear-ended..." July 06

  • Avs Re-sign Calvin Pickard

    Mile High Hockey "The Avalanche announced today that RFA goalie Calvin Pickard has signed a 2-year contract. Adrian Dater is reporting that it’s a $1M AAV deal. Picks started the year with the Rampage but was called up for good in December when Reto Berra was injured and subsequently demoted. " July 05

  • Boedker opts for Sharks due to DeBoer, team success

    CSN Bay Area "A pattern emerged shortly after the Sharks hired Pete DeBoer last summer. One by one, nearly all of the new additions to the San Jose roster could be traced back to the head coach somehow. Martin Jones, Joel Ward, Dainius Zubrus and Nick Spaling all played for DeBoer at some point, while Roman..." July 03

  • Defenceman Nate Guenin signs two-way deal with Anaheim

    Sportsnet "The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenceman Nate Guenin to a one-year, two-way contract. According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, the deal comes with an NHL salary of $600,000 and an AHL salary of $250,000." July 03

  • Andrew Agozzino takes one year deal with St. Louis

    Today's Slapshot "Last summer, the Colorado Avalanche inked forward prospect Andrew Agozzino to a one year extension with the club after being given just one NHL game during the previous season. Now, though, he’s headed elsewhere. The St. Louis Blues picked up Agozzino, who became a category VI free agent..." July 02

  • Canucks Sign Michael Chaput, Borna Rendulic and Chad Billins to One-Year Contracts

    Hockey Fights "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenceman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract. Chaput, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL Lake..." July 02

  • Trent Vogelhuber declines Jackets offer, signs with Avs

    Columbus Dispatch "Trent Vogelhuber took a big step closer to playing in the NHL on Friday but left the only franchise he’s ever known. Vogelhuber, a Dublin native and Blue Jackets’ draft pick, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche on the first day of NHL free agency. The 27-year-old..." July 02

  • Avalanche sign Patrick Wiercioch to 1-year deal worth $800K

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche shored up their blue line on the first day of free agency Friday, signing defenseman Patrick Wiercioch to a one-year contract worth $800,000, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman." July 01

  • Avalanche Signs A.J. Greer

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward AJ Greer to a three-year, entry-level contract. Greer, 19, was Colorado’s second-round choice (39th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. He began the 2015-16 season with Boston University before joining the..." July 01

  • San Jose Sharks sign Mikkel Boedker to four-year deal

    Fear The Fin "I guess the Sharks weren’t done. San Jose signed forward Mikkel Boedker to a four-year, $16 million contract which just about fills all the skater holes the Sharks had entering the offseason. Boedker is a solid winger who played his entire career with Arizona before being traded to the Colorado..." July 01

  • Jets sign centre Shawn Matthias to two-year deal worth $4.3 million

    Winnipeg Free Press "The Winnipeg Jets dipped their toes in the NHL’s free-agency waters this afternoon. After an hour of a frenzy that saw teams spend more than $335 million in the first 60 minutes, the Jets agreed to terms with centre Shawn Matthias on a two-year deal about 90 minutes after market opening. TSN..." July 01

  • Avalanche sign Colborne to 2-year deal, Tyutin to 1-year deal

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche have signed free-agent forward Joe Colborne to a two-year, $5-million contract, reports TSN's Darren Dreger. A former first-round pick, 16th overall in 2008, Colborne exploded in a big way last season, scoring 19 goals and adding 25 assists in 73 games for the Calgary..." July 01

  • Canadiens agree to terms on a two-year contract with free agent Zach Redmond

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract (2016-17 and 2017-18) with free agent defenseman Zach Redmond. Redmond, 27, appeared in 37 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2015-16, registering six points (2..." July 01

  • Avalanche reportedly sign defenseman Patrick Wiercioch

    BNS Denver "According to Travis Yost of TSN, the Colorado Avalanche will sign former Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch when free agency opens in the next hour. Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. Wiercioch, 25, is a left-handed defenseman who played at the University of Denver from 2008-10...." July 01

  • Sakic says length of MacKinnon contract 'up in the air'

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche retained the rights of former No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon by giving him a qualifying offer Monday, and general manager Joe Sakic assured that the Calder Trophy winner "isn't going anywhere." Though a new deal is expected, the potential contract length of a new..." June 28

  • Avalanche qualify 5 including MacKinnon and Barrie

    Today's Slapshot "The Colorado Avalanche have a lot of cap space to work with and currently sit around $2 million below the salary cap floor. That will undoubtedly change as they worth through negotiations with the seven restricted free agents they qualified today. According to the team’s official Twitter account,..." June 28

  • Avalanche to buy out veteran Brad Stuart and get younger defensively

    Denver Post "The Avalanche will buy out veteran defenseman Brad Stuart and not replace him or recently traded defenseman Nick Holden with marquee free-agent defensemen, general manager Joe Sakic said Monday. Because of Stuart’s age (36), his buyout won’t provide salary cap relief, leaving $3.6 million on..." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Alexander Radulov won’t return to NHL, signs KHL deal

    Sportsnet "It looks like a return to the NHL isn’t happening for Alexander Radulov, after all. A few months after confirming his desire to return for the 2016-17 season, the Russian forward was not able to get a deal done with an NHL club according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, and has signed a KHL..." June 26

  • Joe Sakic says Avalanche made an offer to Tyson Barrie in Buffalo

    Denver Post "Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic on Friday said he presented a contract proposal to agent Don Meehan, who represents defenseman Tyson Barrie, on Thursday night in conjunction with the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y. “We presented a long-term proposal, and we’ll see where that goes,” Sakic said...." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Rangers Acquire Nick Holden From Colorado

    Blueshirt Banter "After a completely noiseless draft in terms of trades, the New York Rangers finally made a move and brought in a defenseman. According to an official team release, the New York Rangers have acquired Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a 4th-round draft pick in 2017. In terms..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Avalanche re-sign Andreas Martinsen to 1-year deal

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday. After coming to the NHL from Germany's DEL last year, Martinsen recorded four goals and seven assists in 55 games as a rookie. He also finished fifth among first-year NHLers with 155..." June 24

  • Avalanche trade G Reto Berra for F Rocco Grimaldi

    BNS Denver "As reported on Twitter by George Richards, Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra has been traded to the Florida Panthers for center Rocco Grimaldi. Florida drafted Grimaldi in second round (33rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 23-year-old comes in at just 5’6″ and 180 pounds. He’s gifted..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Pending UFA Boedker isn’t ruling out a return to the Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "The opening of free agency isn’t far off now, but it seems there is at least a chance pending unrestricted free agent Mikkel Boedker could return to the Colorado Avalanche. Acquired from the Arizona Coyotes at the trade deadline, Boedker had 12 points in 18 games for the Avalanche, which sent..." June 19

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic says team won’t be active in July 1 free agency

    Denver Post "The Avalanche will not be active July 1, when NHL free agency begins, general manager Joe Sakic told The Denver Post. “We’re not going to be looking that day,” Sakic said. “As the summer goes on, we’ll see what good fits are. But on the July 1, don’t expect us to go after any big long-term..." June 17

  • Avalanche to let Boedker and Matthias test free agency, but will bid

    Denver Post "Sakic said unrestricted free-agent forwards Shawn Matthias and Mikkel Boedker, who were acquired before the Feb. 29 trade deadline last season, will test the market beginning July 1 but the Avs will be among those bidding for their services." June 17

  • Avs GM Joe Sakic on Tyson Barrie trade rumor, Nathan MacKinnon contract talks

    Denver Post "In an exclusive interview Thursday, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic swept away rumors that young defenseman Tyson Barrie will be traded and discussed a handful of other issues, including Nathan MacKinnon’s pending contract extension and next week’s NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y. TSN’s Bob..." June 17

  • Avs not trading Barrie, says Sakic

    Pro Hockey Talk "The restricted free agent defenseman market sure has shifted over the last couple days. After Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said he’s not looking to trade Jacob Trouba, Colorado GM Joe Sakic has said the same about his d-man, Tyson Barrie. Barrie, 24, has been one of the league’s better..." June 16

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • Report: Avalanche willing to deal big names

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche appear to be open for business. After missing the playoffs for the second straight season, the club is looking to shake things up and - according to TSN's Darren Dreger - are willing to move just about anybody to do so. "No, it's not just noise," Dreger said on TSN..." June 14

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

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