Avalanche Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Daniel Briere announces retirement at age 37

    Sportsnet "After 17 years in the NHL, Daniel Briere has announced his retirement at the age of 37. The Gatineau, Que., native spent the early part of his career with the Phoenix Coyotes before moving on to play with the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, and Colorado..." August 17

  • Liles curious to see if Zadorov will make the Avs next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former Avalanche d-man John-Michael Liles has been getting an up-close look at new Avalanche d-man Nikita Zadorov. The two players, along with some other NHLers, have been skating together in the Denver area during the offseason. Liles, now a 34-year-old member of the Carolina Hurricanes, is..." August 17

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Calvin Pickard signs one-year deal with Colorado Avalanche

    Denver Post "Goaltender Calvin Pickard signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced Thursday. More to come with this story." August 06

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • Sakic, Roy, Forsberg & Blake to play against Detroit’s best from 1996-2002 at Coors Field

    Denver Post "The Avalanche’s pre-sale ticket package for the Feb. 27 NHL Stadium Series game against the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field will include admission to a Feb. 26 alumni game between some of the biggest names from both teams during 1996-2002. Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake will..." August 04

  • 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