Avalanche Rumors & News

  • D-man Chris Bigras joins Connor McDavid on all-OHL first team

    Denver Post "Wish I was working this week, covering the NHL’s Western Conference finals or the men’s lacrosse NCAA Tournament Final Four in Philadelphia. Instead, I’m on vacation and will play hockey for the fourth time this week Friday, attend a good friend’s wedding Saturday, and then see if my boat floats..." May 24

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL

    CBSSports.com "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • Avalanche parts ways with assistants coaches Andre Tourigny and Mario Duhamel

    Denver Post "Avalanche coach Patrick Roy’s right-hand man, defensive coach Andre Tourigny, and video coach Mario Duhamel will both be replaced next season. Tourigny is seeking a head coaching position and Duhamel wants to get back behind the bench, an Avs spokesman said Monday night. Tourigny resigned and..." May 19

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • Avs sign big Norwegian power forward Martinsen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Colorado Avalanche have made an interesting signing — 24-year-old forward Andreas Martinsen, who spent the last three seasons playing in Germany. Martinsen, who’s represented Norway internationally on a number of occasions, scored 18 goals and 41 points in 50 games for Dusseldorfer last..." May 15

  • NHL learning curve: Nathan MacKinnon learns sophomore lessons

    The Chronicle Herald "Nathan MacKinnon is the first to admit his second NHL season did not go the way he expected it would. The 19-year-old from Cole Harbour struggled to find his groove in the first half and then suffered a season-ending broken foot on March 4. It was all quite frustrating for a guy who won the..." May 15

  • Can new NHL salary site be the next CapGeek?

    Sportsnet.ca "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as NHLNumbers.com offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07

  • Judge orders Bettman to testify on concussions lawsuit

    TSN.ca "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league. TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes..." May 06

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    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    All four #Avs have points in Canada’s opening game: Barrie: 1 assist Duchene: 1 goal MacKinnon: 1 goal, 2 assists O’Reilly: 1 assist

  • Avs captain Gabe Landeskog recovering from wrist surgery

    Denver Post "Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog and teammates John Mitchell and Jarome Iginla and assistant trainer Scott Woodward attended Friday’s 25th Shaka Franklin Foundation luncheon at the downtown Marriott City Center. Landeskog declined to play for Sweden at the upcoming World Championship because..." April 25

  • Agitator extraordinaire Ville Nieminen calls it a career

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the NHL’s more colorful characters is stepping away from the game. Ville Nieminen, who appeared in 385 career games with Colorado, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Calgary, San Jose, St. Louis and the New York Rangers, announced his retirement over the weekend after playing his final game in the..." April 20

  • List of pending UFA defensemen the Avalanche might pursue July 1

    Denver Post "As a follow-up to this story in Monday’s paper about improving the Avalanche blue line next season, here is a list for pending NHL unrestricted free agent defensemen. There are no superstars in the mix. Washington’s Mike Green is at the top of most lists, but his 19:06 average ice time with the..." April 18

  • Better puck-moving defensemen on Avs' wish list for next season

    Denver Post "Feeding the forwards was a problem for the Avalanche. Despite being the only NHL team to have six 50-point scorers this season, Colorado finished 27th in the 30-team league in shots per game (averaging 27.9). The Avs' shots-against average (33.2) ranked fourth-highest in the league. So the Avs..." April 13

  • Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly on upcoming contract extension talks

    Denver Post "At the Avalanche-Winnipeg game Thursday, I was among three reporters speaking with GM Joe Sakic, and I used his comments in the featurized game story that night and also in a supplementary blog. In the former, Sakic reiterated that the Avalanche would try to sign Ryan O’Reilly to a contract..." April 13

  • Avs Go Down Fighting, Beat Blackhawks 3-2 in Finale

    Mile High Hockey "Before we get into the meat of this season finale I want to extend a thank you to everyone who clicks, reads, comments, and contributes to Mile High Hockey. You guys make this a very special place and regardless of the result on ice you make MHH a great place to be all season. We'll do our best..." April 12

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    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    The #Avs have recalled Duncan Siemens from @monstershockey.

  • Jets fail to Clinch Playoffs - Fall 1-0 to Avalanche

    Mile High Hockey "I'll open with a couple fun facts about Winnipeg: 1) Winnipeg's NHL team is named after the fabled machine that flies people away from frozen hellscapes (like Winnipeg) 2) A while ago Winnipeg excitedly announced with great fanfare that the city had acquired some jointed busses...." April 10

  • Dennis Everberg out 6-8 Months with Shoulder Injury

    Mile High Hockey "Bad news for the Avalanche as Everberg heads for shoulder surgery and a 6-8 month deactivation. That prognosis already spells bad news for the 2015-2016 Avalanche's possession game. Everberg, despite low point totals has been a strong possession forward for the Avalanche this season, and his..." April 10

  • Hishon's first career goal lifts Avalanche to 3-2 win over slumping Predators

    Mile High Hockey "A strong games from some of the most talented players leads to a win against a top NHL squad. So the Thompson family missed the first period and the first 15 minutes of the second due to a variety of reasons. Some dude who needs to buy a vowel (Calle Jarnkrok) had apparently put the Preds up..." April 08

  • New Russian bill could ban Ovechkin, others from Olympics

    Sportsnet.ca "Proposed legislation in Russia could prevent a number of hockey superstars from ever competing at the Olympics again. According to the Associated Press, “Russian parliament will consider barring athletes from competing in more than two Olympics.” The bill, which was put forward by lawmaker..." April 07

  • Avalanche draftee Chris Bigras to turn pro and join Mason Geertsen in minors

    Denver Post "The Avalanche is high on 2013-drafted defensemen Chris Bigras and Mason Geertsen. Bigras will join Geertsen as a professional with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League this week. Bigras' season with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League ended Sunday, and Avs coach..." April 06

  • Avs' Jan Hejda, Jordan Caron wait to find out whether they'll be back

    Denver Post "Going into the pair of games in Southern California, Patrick Roy — perhaps because his team still had an infinitesimal chance of making the playoffs — Friday morning was reluctant to address his team's future or say if he was hoping to find out anything about his players in the final five games of..." April 06

  • Actual Crack Smoker Rob Ford Elected To Hockey Hall Of Fame Board

    Deadspin.com "Toronto’s former crack-smokin’, councilwoman-knockin’ mayor Rob Ford has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, according to the Canadian Press. Ford, who smoked crack while he was mayor, was elected to the board on March 25. A museum spokesman said Ford won’t be on the..." April 05

  • Sharks take over in third, crush Avalanche

    CSN Bay Area "The first home game back from a long road trip can be difficult, and the Sharks looked like they were deficient of energy early against Colorado at SAP Center on Wednesday. They eventually found their legs, though, and although it wasn’t exactly pretty, managed to get past the lethargic..." April 02

  • Spoiler Edmonton Oilers clamp down on Colorado Avalanche, beat them for second time in a week

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers blue-line was again splattered with greenhorns, most notably Brandon Davidson who proceeded to notch his first NHL goal against the desperate Colorado Avalanche. Richard Bachman, who hadn’t seen much in the way of game action since he was called up from the American Hockey..." March 31

  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson won't play against Edmonton

    Denver Post "Erik Johnson again was on the ice with the Avalanche at Monday's morning skate, but Colorado coach Patrick Roy later said Johnson wouldn't play against Edmonton. "Erik will practice fully (Tuesday), and then we'll make decisions after that," Roy said. Colorado, which could close to within..." March 30

  • Patrick Roy remains upbeat about Sabres' Grigorenko

    Buffalo News "Patrick Roy has seen Mikhail Grigorenko at his best. When the two were together in Quebec – Roy as the coach of the junior team, Grigorenko as the star player – the center was nearly unstoppable. The success hasn’t carried over to Grigorenko’s professional career, but Roy has little doubt..." March 29

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    Rick Sadowski @RickS7

    #Avs Johnson won't play tonight; Roy said "we'll see" about Edmonton on Mon. or at San Jose on Wed. "Getting very close." #Avalanche #Sabres

  • Patrick Roy: Avs learned lesson, will "come to camp ready and hungry"

    Denver Post "This "second" season has been a trying one for Patrick Roy, who as a rookie NHL coach won the Jack Adams Trophy as the league's coach of the year for 2013-14. It also has been a learning experience — for Roy, his coaching staff and the Avalanche's players. Complacency, even short-lived and..." March 28

  • Avs Dominate Early and Hold on Late. Beat Canucks 4-1

    Mile High Hockey "Gabe Landeskog and a big 2nd period performance led the Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks First Period: Moments before puck drop, there was no question which team looked better, as the Vancouver Canuck's donned their beautiful Vancouver Millionaires throwback jerseys...." March 27

  • Oilers pull out the win despite Avalanche comeback threat

    Edmonton Sun "Leave it to the Edmonton Oilers to turn a blowout win into a thriller. Or a choke job into a character-revealing win. On a night when the game was pretty much over after 10 minutes, and the only thing left to be determined was how badly Edmonton was going to beat up the Colorado Avalanche,..." March 26

  • NHL loses bid to dismiss retired players' concussion lawsuit

    Sporting News "A federal judge in Minnesota has rejected the NHL's motion to dismiss a concussion lawsuit brought on by retired players, the New York Times reported . The plaintiffs accused the league of failing to inform them of health risks caused by concussions as a result of repeated head trauma and are..." March 26

  • Players in NHL concussion case want Bettman deposed by July 1

    TSN.ca "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman should be forced to be deposed about matters relating to the NHL concussions lawsuit within the next three months, lawyers for a group of former players wrote in a legal filing. Lawyers for the former players wrote to the NHL on February 23 asking to set up a time..." March 26

  • Judge denies NHL's motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit

    CBSSports.com "The NHL's bid to have a lawsuit brought against the league by former players regarding concussions dismissed took a hit Wednesday. A judge in U.S. district court in Minnesota has denied the NHL's motion to dismiss litigation brought against the league by former players regarding concussions...." March 25

  • Calgary Flames snapshots -- What a rush! And it’s started by Karri Ramo save

    Calgary Sun "Karri Ramo didn’t get credit for an assist. No problem. What irked the Calgary Flames’ netminder was that he didn’t even get credit for the stop. Ramo stretched across his crease to rob Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog of a sure-goal on a wraparound attempt during Monday’s..." March 24

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    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    Roy said Johnson practiced for the 1st time w/ the team. He won't travel. He'll continue to skate in Denver. Could play next home game.

  • Matt Duchene supports 3-on-3 hockey for overtime periods

    Denver Post "Showcasing skill should not wait until shootouts. Going to 3-on-3 in NHL overtime makes sense for all involved. The skilled players want it. The coaches with skilled players want it. And the fans deserve it. "Give us 3-on-3 as much as possible," said Avalanche center Matt Duchene. Tuesday,..." March 22

  • All-Star Defenseman Erik Johnson close to returning for Avalanche

    Denver Post "Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson is not traveling with the team and will miss consecutive-night, two city games beginning Thursday at the Arizona Coyotes. Colorado's only selected NHL all-star has missed the past 21 games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in the days leading into..." March 19

  • Report: NHL to have 3-on-3 OT hockey, pending approval

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL is looking to decide the outcomes of more games before they reach a shootout and they believe moving to 3-on-3 hockey in overtime is the way to do it. The AHL recently incorporated 3-on-3 play in overtime and they’ve seen a drastic drop in games decided by the skills competition...." March 18

  • Avalanche Outlast Devils in Shootout

    Mile High Hockey "The Avalanche took on The New Jersey Devils Thursday night as Varly returned to action. few weeks ago The Avs turned around a few things, including puck luck. Despite missing Erik Johnson, the team started getting a few wins strung together. Coming off of a frustrating loss to the very hungry..." March 13

  • NHL GMs might curb shootouts

    CSN New England "This will hardly come as a shock to anybody that remembers just last week when Claude Julien famously said “they suck” when asked about NHL shootouts, but the Bruins coach is in favor of getting rid of them altogether. Darren Dreger said on NBCSN Wednesday night that the NHL general managers..." March 12

  • Semyon Varlamov missed practice Wednesday, but might start Thursday vs. New Jersey

    Denver Post "Game story from Tuesday’s 5-2 to the Los Angeles Kings is here. The Avs on Wednesday practiced like it was their last. Very spirited, intense practice. But no Semyon Varlamov, who was scratched Tuesday with another (or the same) groin injury. In his post-practice presser, coach Patrick Roy said..." March 12

  • These three Kings find win over Avalanche fulfilling

    Los Angeles Times "There was one King, combining on a nicely executed give-and-go with center Jeff Carter for their second goal. Another one of the Kings managed to score in close with one hand on his stick and the other on the stick of Avalanche defenseman Brad Stuart, who was none too happy with the..." March 11

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    Mike Chambers @MikeChambers

    UPDATED: Semyon Varlamov missed practice Wednesday, but might start Thursday vs. New Jersey: http://t.co/jk90Jg2R30 via @mikechambers

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    Mike Chambers @MikeChambers

    Calvin Pickard recalled for precautionary reasons. Semyon Varlamov (lower body) expected to participate morning skate Tue w LAK in town

  • Evgeny Romasko will become NHL's first Russian referee on Monday

    CBSSports.com "On Monday night in Detroit, when the Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers, Evgeny Romasko will make some history when he becomes the first Russian referee in NHL history when he joins Paul Devorski on the ice at Joe Louis Arena. The 33-year-old Romasko had some assignments earlier this season in..." March 09

  • Patrick Roy irate at Minnesota reporter, defends Cody McLeod

    Denver Post "Local hockey writer Chad Graff of our sister paper, the Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com, asked Avalanche coach Patrick Roy about Sunday’s game at the Xcel Energy Center. Here is Roy’s response: First of all, this morning I was reading an article by Mike Russo. I thought it was very unhealthy for..." March 09

  • There's no love lost between Wild, Avalanche

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There are some rivalries that almost seem manufactured to live up to the hype. That’s definitely not the case when it comes to the Wild and Colorado Avalanche, the two NHL Northwest Division leftovers in the Central Division. These combatants, who will face off for a fifth and final time this..." March 08

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    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    UPDATE: The #Avs have recalled Freddie Hamiltom from @monstershockey.

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    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    UPDATE: Nathan MacKinnon will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured foot.