Avalanche Rumors & News

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • Retirement decision looms for Daniel Briere

    ESPN "Not long ago, Daniel Briere took his two oldest sons to California for an annual summer camp run by CAA Sports agency for its young undrafted hockey clients. It was a nod to Briere’s standing with longtime agent Pat Brisson and partner J.P. Barry that Briere’s boys Caelan, 17, and Carson, 15,..." July 27

  • Avs ink former first-rounder Hishon to one-year deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Colorado has re-upped with RFA forward Joey Hishon — the club’s first-round pick (17th overall) in 2010 — to a one-year deal. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Hishon, 23, made his NHL debut during the ’13-14 playoffs and his regular-season debut last year, scoring two points in 13 games...." July 27

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Why Carl Soderberg wanted to come to the Avalanche right away

    Denver Post "New Avalanche center Carl Soderberg was acquired from the Boston Bruins on June 25, seemingly for what amounted to a bag of pucks. His contract was scheduled to expire July 1, at which time he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. But the softspoken Swede, 29, said he didn't..." July 25

  • Mikhail Grigorenko talks about reuniting with Patrick Roy, one-year contract with Avs

    Denver Post "Semyon Varlamov has been the Avalanche’s only Russian player since the goalie joined the team in 2011. Colorado has three Russians now with the additions of forward Mikhail Grigorenko and defenseman Nikita Zadorov. That story was published on Wednesday. Grigorenko, 21, gives a very good..." July 23

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Semyon Varlamov gets Russian company with two new Avs teammates

    Denver Post "Since joining the Avalanche in 2011, goalie Semyon Varlamov has been the team's only player from Russia. Verbal communication and his general comfort zone weren't ideal, particularly in the first of his four seasons in Colorado. He could have used a homegrown buddy. Being the only Russian on..." July 22

  • Veteran NHLer Willsie retires, joins Avs in player development role

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brian Willsie, who appeared in nearly 400 games over a 10-year NHL career, has retired from professional hockey to take a job with Colorado’s player development department. The move, reported by Willsie’s last pro team — Orebro HK of the Swedish Hockey League — comes after the 37-year-old spent..." July 20

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

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    Tim Wharnsby @TimWharnsby

    #Avs settle with: Andrew Agozzino 2015-16: $600,000 NHL, $150,000 AHL Mathew Clark 2015-16: $600,000 NHL, $125,000 AHL 2016-17: $600/175

  • Avalanche Signs Mikhail Grigorenko

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Grigorenko, who was a restricted free agent, was acquired from Buffalo on June 26 along with defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forward J.T...." July 16

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Ryan O’Reilly charged with impaired driving, failing to remain at scene

    Pro Hockey Talk "Newly acquired Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly has been charged with impaired driving and leaving the scene following an incident at a Tim Horton’s restaurant, according to Ontario’s AM 980 Radio. More: OPP [Ontario Provincial Police] announced Monday that O’Reilly, 24, from Bluewater,..." July 14

  • Avalanche sign first-round pick Rantanen

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Mikko Rantanen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Rantanen, 18, was Colorado’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft held last month. The top-rated international player according to NHL..." July 13

  • Frei: Avalanche emphasized speed in development camp

    Denver Post "The Avalanche returned to the NHL norm last week, reinstituting on-ice work at its annual development camp at the Family Sports Center in Centennial. For three days, the 19 prospect skaters — mostly Colorado choices from the past three NHL drafts — were divided into three groups for off-ice..." July 11

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Top 14 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07

  • Patrick Roy: New Avalanche coaching hires to be announced soon

    Denver Post "On the eve of the Avalanche’s development camp at Family Sports Center, the media availability session with the Avalanche’s top three 2015 draft choices has just ended at the Pepsi Center. I’ll have a feature on Mikko Rantanen soon, and a supplementary blog post on Nicolas Meloche and A.J...." July 06

  • Veteran d-man Gervais signs in German League

    Pro Hockey Talk "Journeyman Bruno Gervais has signed with Eisbaren Berlin of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the club announced on Monday. Gervais, 30, spent last season with Colorado’s AHL affiliate in Lake Erie, scoring 13 points in 71 games. " July 06

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration

    NHLPA.com "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Sabres sign Ryan O'Reilly to 7-year contract extension worth reported $52.5M

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres have locked up their new star center. Ryan O'Reilly has signed a seven-year, big-money contract extension, the team announced Friday. The talented, two-way center was acquired in a draft-day deal with the Colorado Avalanche that saw defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards..." July 03

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    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

    $2.4 million AAV for Comeau. Good for him. Have always felt Comeau to be an underrated player. Very effective, esp come playoff time

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    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

    UFA forward Blake Comeau headed to Colorado Avalanche. Three-year deal.

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    James Mirtle @mirtle

    Beauchemin to Colorado according to @GagnonFrancois.

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    Drew Spevak @DrewSpevak

    NHL list of #Avalanche that did not receive QO's: Jordan Caron, Mitchell Heard, Markus Lauridsen, Tomas Vincour

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Hearing Buffalo Sabres are very close to signing Ryan O'Reilly to long-term deal... likely a max deal which would be 7 yrs

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    Adrian Dater @adater

    If Avs sign Beauchemin, expect 3 year deal. Which would make him 38 at end

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Things change fast on UFA Day. Now hearing SJ no longer a top contender for Paul Martin. But COL will be in hard on Francois Beauchemin.

  • Free agent Beauchemin signs with Colorado

    Sportsnet "Colorado has improved in the area it needed to most. Unrestricted free agent Francois Beauchemin signed a three-year, $13.5-million deal with the Colorado Avalanche upon the opening of free agency Wednesday. Beauchemin’s new salary cap hit ($4.5 million) marks a raise from his $3.5 million..." July 01

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Colorado Avalanche falls back to gain picks

    Denver Post "Boston University forward A.J. Greer and two future draft picks will determine if the Avalanche made the right choice in trading the first pick of the second round in the NHL draft Saturday. The bottom line: Colorado blew its opportunity to select coveted defensemen Jeremy Roy or Brandon Carlo..." June 28

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    Aaron Musick @Avalangelist

    Hishon will be.

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    Aaron Musick @Avalangelist

    Jordan Caron will not be qualified, per Joe Sakic.

  • Mikko Rantanen selected by Colorado Avalanche at No. 10 in NHL draft

    Denver Post "Signing a big playmaking center, orchestrating the NHL's biggest trade of the day and drafting a big winger highlighted one of the biggest player-personnel days in Avalanche history before and during the first round of the NHL draft Friday in Sunrise, Fla. The bottom line: The Avs got much..." June 27

  • Trade moves O’Reilly to center stage with Sabres

    Buffalo News "The Sabres’ rebuild timeline changed radically Friday night with a blockbuster trade. Buffalo acquired budding star center Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche as part of a multiplayer package that had folks at the NHL Draft buzzing and Sabres fans looking toward rapid..." June 27

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Avalanche and Carl Soderberg fairly close to a contract. Could get done Friday.

  • Avalanche sign Carl Soderberg to five-year deal

    ESPN "The Colorado Avalanche have signed Carl Soderberg to a five-year deal worth an average of $4.75 million per season after acquiring the center's negotiating rights in a pre-draft trade with the Boston Bruins. According to a source, the contract includes a full no-trade clause in the first two..." June 26

  • Bruins Acquire A 2016 Sixth Round Pick From The Colorado Avalanche In Exchange For The Rights To Carl Soderberg

    NHL.com "Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 25, that the team has acquired a sixth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for the rights to Carl Soderberg. The 2016 sixth round pick is Boston's natural selection, as it originally belonged..." June 25

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    Nick Kypreos @RealKyper

    With new contract talks in ballpark of 60M for max contract to resign Ryan O'Reilly, #Avs feel like they have no choice but to trade him.

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process

    CBS Sports "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval

    CBS Sports "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million

    CBS Sports "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

  • Avalanche would like new defenseman to be lefty, but can adjust

    Denver Post "This has been obvious since the Avalanche's season ended ... or even earlier: Colorado's top priority in free agency this summer will be landing a defenseman to join Erik Johnson in the top pairing or to anchor the second. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy reconfirmed that in their Thursday conference..." June 22

  • Avalanche plan on choosing best player available with No. 10 pick

    Denver Post "Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic and coach Patrick Roy held a conference call Thursday, primarily to discuss the June 26-27 NHL draft in Sunrise, Fla. Colorado has the No. 10 pick, and Sakic said the team will choose the best player available, regardless of position, then draft based on need..." June 19

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Avs GM Joe Sakic said he's had talks with Ryan O'Reilly's agents at Newport. Hopes to get a deal done before the season...

  • Avalanche eyeing left-shooting defenseman in July 1 free agency

    Denver Post "The majority of the questions posed to Avalanche GM Joe Sakic and coach Patrick Roy during Thursday’s national conference call are addressed at the mothership. Please click here to get Sakic and Roy’s thoughts on next week’s NHL draft, the Ryan O’Reilly contract/trade situation, the rumored..." June 18