Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Wild edges Avalanche with four-goal third period

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For two periods Thursday night, Wild fans back home in the Twin Cities had to be disgusted that they waited five months for their favorite team’s opening-night display. From goalie Devan Dubnyk on out, the Wild looked rotten against the Colorado Avalanche. The team that was so good defensively..." October 09

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic optimistic despite preseason drought

    Denver Post "The Avalanche is in the best division in the NHL, making it a bit less ignominious to have pulled off a first-to-worst fall in the seven-team Central last season that left it outside the playoff field. Thanks to frequent three-point games that create illusions in the standings, the 39-31-12..." October 08

  • Mikko Rantanen, 18, makes Avalanche opening-night roster

    Denver Post "The Colorado Avalanche established its opening-night roster Tuesday by reassigning forward Dennis Everberg to the minors and placing forward Jesse Winchester on injured reserve. NHL veteran forward Jack Skille, 28, was signed off his professional tryout (PTO) contract and rookie forward Mikko..." October 06

  • Colorado Avalanche scored one goal in final five exhibition games

    Denver Post "In its final five exhibition games, the Avalanche scored one (1) goal. L'un. Ein. Uno. Jeden. En. Regardless of the language, it all means one (1). Defenseman Tyson Barrie scored the only goal in those five games, and it came in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi..." October 06

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

  • Freddie Hamilton joins brother Dougie in Flames organization

    Calgary Sun "As youngsters, Dougie and Freddie Hamilton dreamed of eventually skating side-by-side on hockey’s biggest stage. And after the Calgary Flames made a move Sunday to add Freddie to their organization, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton — Doug and Lynn — could be dreaming of eventually catching up on their..." October 05

  • Duchene says Ryan O'Reilly 'was a good teammate ... at the rink'

    NBC Sports "It’s almost odd that it took so long for an Avalanche player to at least mildly criticize Ryan O'Reilly. To many, “ROR” leaving Colorado was a matter of when, not if, ever since that strange offer sheet drama fizzled out back in 2013. Matt Duchene provided somewhat spicy remarks – at least..." October 03

  • Sabres' O'Reilly's impaired driving case adjourned to Oct. 22

    The Score "Ryan O'Reilly's day in court has been pushed back once again. The Buffalo Sabres center's impaired driving case was adjourned to Oct. 22, according to Jane Sims of The London Free Press. O'Reilly was charged on July 9 after driving a vintage truck into a Tim Hortons location in Lucan,..." October 01

  • Avalanche sends more than $3 million in salary to the minors

    Denver Post "In separate moves Wednesday, the Avalanche trimmed its roster from 37 to 26 players and came close to identifying its Oct. 8 opening-night lineup. In the morning, goalie Calvin Pickard and five others were reassigned to San Antonio of the American Hockey League, and 2014 first-round draft pick..." October 01

  • Avalanche release 11-year veteran Meszaros from professional tryout

    The Score "Veteran defenseman Andrej Meszaros will have to look elsewhere for his next NHL job. The Colorado Avalanche released the 11-year veteran from his professional tryout, the team announced Wednesday." September 30

  • Curtis Glencross joins Colorado Avalanche in Calgary

    Denver Post "Forward Curtis Glencross, who signed a professional tryout (PTO) contract with the Avalanche on Monday, was expected to meet the team in Calgary on Tuesday and play a preseason game against the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Glencross, 32, has a home in Calgary, where he played for 6 ½..." September 30

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion

    NHL.com "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Nathan MacKinnon on a mission to be more aggressive for Avalanche

    Denver Post "In a one-on-one situation with a defenseman, two things typically happen when Nathan MacKinnon takes the puck wide and drives to the net. 1) He creates a scoring opportunity. 2) He draws a penalty. Pulling up and looking for a trailer above the circles usually does neither. If anything,..." September 27

  • Borna Rendulic playing with confidence for Avs, returning from fractured leg

    Denver Post "Borna Rendulic, the first Croatian-born player to score in an NHL game, has a good chance to be the only member of his country to score twice in the world's premier hockey league. Rendulic, 23, likely will begin the season in the minors, but he'll undoubtedly get his chance with the Avs when..." September 26

  • Roy says offense will continue to be the ‘identity’ of the Avs

    Pro Hockey Talk "In 2013-14, Patrick Roy’s first season behind Colorado’s bench, the Avalanche players couldn’t gush enough about their new coach’s philosophy– especially when it was compared to their old coach’s system, one in which they never really believed. “In the past, we played a lot of D-to-D,..." September 25

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Erik Johnson signs 7-year deal with Avalanche; has he earned it?

    Yahoo! Sports "Erik Johnson signed a seven-year contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, worth $6 million against the salary cap annually. The biggest upshot here, of course, is that the defenseman won’t get anywhere near unrestricted free agency next summer. No lingering contract drama..." September 23

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    7 year extension for Erik Johnson in Colorado. $6 mil per year. Ltd no trade.

  • Avs nearing long-term deal with Erik Johnson

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche are closing in on a long-term contract extension with defenceman Erik Johnson, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Johnson, 27, has played 456 career NHL games with the Avalanche and St. Louis Blues, scoring 48 goals and tallying 193 points with 301 penalty..." September 22

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    Mike Chambers @MikeChambers

    Andrej Meszaros NOT cut. Injured. Leg. Day to day #Avs

  • Erik Johnson, Avalanche veteran defenseman, said staying put "has to work for both sides"

    Denver Post "Veteran defenseman Erik Johnson, who can be an unrestricted free agent next July if he hasn't re-signed with the Avalanche, said Friday he won't talk about his contract situation. At least not after this. "I've maintained a very, very strong desire to stay in Colorado," Johnson said. "I really..." September 20

  • Winchester optimistic about getting his career back on track

    HockeyBuzz "Forward Jesse Winchester isn't taking anything for granted, but the fact that the Avalanche forward is feeling good about his ability to play this season is definitely a step in the right direction. Winchester, who turns 32 next month, managed to get through the first day of official on-ice..." September 19

  • Extension talks underway between Avs, Johnson

    Pro Hockey Talk "The latest on contract negotiations between Colorado and No. 1 defenseman Erik Johnson, per the Denver Post: [Head coach Patrick] Roy said negotiations for a contract extension with Johnson, the team’s only all-star last season, have been going well, although Roy is not directly..." September 19

  • Coyotes sign recently acquired d-man Elliott

    Pro Hockey Talk "Arizona has inked blueliner Stefan Elliott to a one-year, $650,000 deal, per General Fanager. Elliott, 24, was acquired from Colorado last week for Brandon Gormley, a flip of two young defenseman that have yet to establish themselves at the NHL level. Elliott was the 49th overall pick in 2009,..." September 19

  • Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard has chance to beat out Reto Berra

    Denver Post "The Avalanche's backup goalie position is open, coach Patrick Roy said Thursday. Calvin Pickard, who led the NHL in saves percentage for parts of last season when he was brought up from the minors to replace injured starter Semyon Varlamov, will battle against Reto Berra to serve as Varlamov's..." September 18

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • Conner Bleackley playing for contract at Avs rookie camp

    Denver Post "Nobody was dangling a carrot in front of Colorado's 2014 first-round draft choice, center Conner Bleackley, as he skated on the first day of Avalanche rookie camp Monday. That would have been symbolic, because Colorado has yet to offer him a three-year, entry-level contract — the kind of deal..." September 15

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

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    Mike Chambers @MikeChambers

    Jack Skille donning No. 8 for #Avs on second sheet. He's on PTO. #Avs haven't announced camp roster but D Andrej Meszaros likely same deal

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Mikko Rantanen a rising rookie

    Denver Post "Finnish forward Mikko Rantanen, who fell into the Avalanche's open arms with the No. 10 pick at the NHL draft in June, appears to have the size, skill and compete level to make his big-league debut at age 18. That summer-long speculation will become a full-fledged science project Monday when..." September 14

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    Mike Chambers @MikeChambers

    .F Jack Skille, 7 overall pick in '05 by CHI, been skating w #Avs & likely attend camp on PTO. Former UW Badger 30-31-61 in 239 NHL games

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    Told former #CBJ and #Avs D Jan Hejda has accepted a PTO agreement and will go to training camp with #Blackhawks

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Coyotes, Avs Swap Brandon Gormley and Stefan Elliott

    The Hockey Writers "In a late night move, the Arizona Coyotes have acquired defenseman Stefan Elliott in exchange for defenseman Brandon Gormley, who will be heading to the Colorado Avalanche. On the surface it looks like a “change of scenery” move. Part of the deal may be that Stefan Elliott has seen his stock..." September 10

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Will Butcher, NCAA team-drafted players out of Avalanche rookie camp

    Denver Post "In two weeks, the Avalanche begins its rookie camp, featuring many of its recent draft picks, recently signed young free agents and those on professional tryout contracts. What it will not include is team-drafted NCAA players such as Will Butcher of the University of Denver, Ben Storm of St...." August 30

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Ryan O'Reilly to have next court hearing for impaired driving charge Sept. 10

    Denver Post "Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly's court case in connection with an impaired driving charge has been continued to Sept. 10. The decision was made Thursday morning during O'Reilly's first hearing in London, Ontario, court. The 24-year-old player was not required to attend, and was..." August 21

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Former Stars, Avs F Vincour returns to KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tomas Vincour is on his way back to Russia. Vincour, who split last season with Colorado and its AHL affiliate in Lake Erie, has joined KHL team Sibir Novosibirsk on a one-year deal, per the club. Vincour, 24, returned to the NHL last season after a brief overseas stint with Ak-Bars Kazan in..." August 19

  • Nikita Zadorov fitting in here just fine

    Denver Post "Former Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles is impressed with newly acquired Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov, a 20-year-old Russian with expectations as big as his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame. Zadorov has been skating with Liles, now with the Carolina Hurricanes, and other local NHL players..." August 17

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17