Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Josi, Predators slip past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- James Neal's return from a four-game absence helped return the Nashville Predators to the win column. Neal scored his team-high 11th goal Tuesday night as Nashville salvaged the finale of a three-game homestand, holding off the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at Bridgestone..." December 07

  • McDavid, Crosby, Price and Kane lead All-Star voting through first week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Voting for the 2017 NHL All-Star game has been underway for more than a week now, and on Tuesday afternoon the league announced the early leaders from each division. The game, which will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, will feature the same format as last year’s game with the four..." December 06

  • Former Avalanche player Marek Svatos died of a drug overdose

    Denver Post "Former Colorado Avalanche winger Marek Svatos had codeine, morphine and an anti-anxiety medication in his system when he died of combined drug intoxication last month, the Douglas County Coroner’s Office said Monday. Svatos, 34, of Kosice, Slovakia, was living in Lone Tree when he died on Nov...." December 05

  • Lehtonen, Stars shut out Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Dallas was struggling on the road and Colorado couldn't win at home. Something had to give, and it was the Avalanche. Kari Lehtonen made 23 saves for his first shutout of the season and Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist as the Stars ended their road trip with a 3-0 victory over..." December 04

  • Gabriel Landeskog briefly joins Avalanche for morning skate

    Denver Post "The post-game news that Erik Johnson had suffered a broken fibula in the second period of the 3-0 loss to Dallas, and would be out 6-8 weeks, came after Johnson’s defensive partner, Fedor Tyutin, missed the game with a lower body injury. That offset some positive signs from earlier in the day,..." December 04

  • ‘We were awful’: Duchene calls out Avs

    Denver Post "The home-building malaise seems to have been contagious. From Nov. 23 on, the Avalanche and Denver Nuggets have combined to lose eight consecutive games at the Pepsi Center, with the asterisk and small print that one defeat — the Avalanche’s to Vancouver on Nov. 26 — came in a shootout, meaning..." December 04

  • Erik Johnson suffers broken fibula, out 6-8 weeks

    NHL.com "Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson sustained a broken fibula in their 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center on Saturday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Johnson was injured in the second period, and it's a damaging blow for the Avalanche, who lost all five games (0-4-1) of..." December 04

  • Saad, Bobrovsky help Blue Jackets stay hot

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- November was kind to the Columbus Blue Jackets. December is starting out pretty good for them, too. Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night. Boone Jenner and Nick..." December 02

  • NHLPA expected to reject offer to extend CBA for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL’s verbal offer of a three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement in exchange for Olympic participation has been rejected by the NHLPA. If NHL players are going to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, it’s not likely to come by way of extending the collective..." December 02

  • NHL Eyeing Exhibition Game In China; Continues History Of International Play

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to TSN’s NHL Insider Darren Dreger, the NHL is expected to play an exhibition game in China next season. While the NHL is easily the most nationally diverse of the “Big Four” North American sports leagues and has a history of playing international games, this would be their first foray..." December 02

  • Sakic maintains 'faith' in Avalanche's core

    Denver Post "This isn’t the start Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic was hoping for under first-year coach Jared Bednar. Colorado was 9-12-1 after Boone Jenner’s goal at 8:57 of the third period lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Thursday at the Pepsi..." December 02

  • Avalanche Place Eric Gelinas On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche have placed defenseman Eric Gelinas on waivers, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (Twitter link). Gelinas is in his first full season with Colorado after being acquired by the team at the trade deadline last year from New Jersey in exchange for a 2017 3rd round..." December 01

  • Rangers remain NHL’s most valuable team, according to Forbes

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Rangers have widened the gap atop the annual list of the NHL’s most valuable teams. According to Forbes, the Rangers’ franchise value has risen four percent in the last year to $1.25 billion. Meanwhile, the NHL’s second-most valuable team, the Montreal Canadiens, fell five percent..." December 01

  • Quick starts lift Predators over Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Nashville Predators limped into November after three straight losses. They head into December on a roll thanks to their quick-strike offense. Ryan Johansen scored a goal in the first minute of the third period and assisted on another goal seven seconds into the second, and the..." November 30

  • Granlund's shootout goal lifts Canucks past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Vancouver was down a defenseman and playing for the second night in a row, so getting to overtime seemed like a victory. The Canucks wanted more, and Jacob Markstrom made sure they got it. Markstrom stopped 32 shots and all three Colorado attempts in the shootout, Marcus..." November 27

  • With Varlamov injured, Pickard goes for Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Colorado Avalanche will be without starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov on Saturday when the team hosts the Vancouver Canucks due to an upper body injury. He is expected to miss at least a couple of games. That injury opens the door for backup Calvin Pickard to get another opportunity to..." November 26

  • Sure-thing Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla accepting third-line role with Avalanche

    Denver Post "With 613 career goals, Avalanche winger Jarome Iginla is 12 short of tying some guy named Joe Sakic for 15th on the all-time NHL list. He almost certainly will be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame the minimum three years after his retirement. Yet at age 39, and in the final season of his..." November 25

  • Colorado’s Jarome Iginla talks potential deadline trade

    Sportsnet "July 1, 2017 will be a big day for Jarome Iginla. On that day, The future Hockey Hall of Famer will celebrate his 40th birthday and unrestricted free agency. As with all impending free agents on bad teams, Iginla’s name is destined to make the rounds in trade rumours after Christmas, unless..." November 25

  • Four-goal third period pushes Oilers past Avs

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov got the best of Connor McDavid in the second period, but the Colorado Avalanche goalie couldn't stop the Edmonton Oilers' 19-year-old sensation all night. McDavid had one of four Edmonton goals in the third period, including the winner early in the period, and the..." November 24

  • Official NHL expansion draft exempt list contains surprises

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a name and they’re starting to get a better sense of who will be off limits when the expansion draft is conducted in June. Sportsnet has obtained a memo distributed from the NHL to its 30 teams on Tuesday night, which outlines the 66 players currently..." November 24

  • Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise

    TSN "These Knights will be Golden. As gold confetti blasted into Sin City’s neon-drenched night sky, owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity. The Vegas Golden Knights..." November 23

  • The Post-Burns Free Agent Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Unlike the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos saga of this past summer, the San Jose Sharks have spared hockey fans the drama and re-signed the top free agent on the market well before the trade rumors or free agency speculation could begin. Brent Burns inked an eight-year, $64MM extension..." November 22

  • Vegas NHL team finally unveils name tonight

    TSN "The NHL’s 31st franchise will unveil its name tonight with all the glitz and glitter you’d expect in Sin City. Owner Bill Foley will pull back the curtain on a tightly-kept secret with help from Cirque Du Soleil performers in a posh party outside T-Mobile Arena, just steps off the famous Las..." November 22

  • NHL team nicknames explained

    NHL.com "Five months after being awarded an expansion franchise, Las Vegas owner Bill Foley will announce the name of his team Tuesday. There has been plenty of speculation around what the team will be called, but that will end Tuesday when Foley not only reveals the team name, but likely explains what..." November 22

  • Duchene returns as Avs face Blue Jackets

    Denver Post "Matt Duchene is in. After the morning skate at Nationwide Arena, the Avalanche’s leading scorer confirmed he will return to the Colorado lineup against Columbus Monday night after missing four games in the wake of suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against Winnipeg. “I feel good,” Duchene said...." November 21

  • Avs top Blue Jackets on Duchene's OT goal

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Matt Duchene marked his return to the ice by scoring at 1:49 of overtime, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night at Nationwide Arena. One of Colorado's alternate captains, Duchene missed four games prior to Monday's..." November 21

  • Avalanche rally for 3-2 win over Wild

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- It took more than a month, but Nathan MacKinnon seems to be getting his groove back, which is a really good thing for the Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon, who struggled offensively for the first six weeks of the season, scored midway through the third period, completing a..." November 20

  • Avalanche’s Matt Duchene says he’s “close” and Erik Johnson’s horse wins a big race

    Denver Post "Matt Duchene and Gabe Landeskog again weren’t in the Avalanche lineup Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. Duchene missed his fourth consecutive game after suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against Winnipeg. As he did at Dallas Thursday for the first game on the..." November 20

  • McKenzie outlines critical issues in NHL-NHLPA escrow battle

    Fanrag Sports "Escrow. CBA. Lawyers. Ugh. No thanks. Anybody want to talk about politics instead? There may not be a more mind-numbingly awful subject to discuss for hockey fans than escrow. Truly. We’d generally rather devour a tasty dessert of trade rumors, but escrow and the CBA are the vegetables..." November 19

  • Stars hold off shorthanded Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Kari Lehtonen has been inconsistent through his first 10 games of the season, but on Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center, the Dallas Stars goaltender was in top form, stopping 34 of 36 shots as Dallas held on for a 3-2 victory. Dallas (7-6-5)..." November 18

  • Rapid two-goal burst pushes Avs over Kings

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche were trying to jump-start their struggling offense. Two quick goals did the trick against the Los Angeles Kings. Patrick Wiercioch and Rene Bourque scored goals 22 seconds apart, Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves, and Colorado beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1..." November 16

  • NHL, Stakeholders Discuss Possible Change To Draft Age

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Could the NHL change the draft age from 18 to 19? TSN’s Bob McKenzie spoke about the possibility on Tuesday night’s edition of Insider Trading. Former third-overall-pick Pat LaFontaine is leading a group of stakeholders that includes the NHL, NHLPA, CHL, USHL, Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, and..." November 16

  • NHL has new meetings to discuss participation in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Tribune "NHL meetings are set for this week to discuss whether the league will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. League officials will meet with the International Ice Hockey Federation in New York on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL hopes to learn if any traction has..." November 16

  • NHL Will Not Market Individual Rivalries or Players Because It's a Team Sport

    The Comeback "The NHL is done marketing individual rivalries. Speaking to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca, NHL Deputy Commissioner said the league is not marketing individual rivalries among players because “our sport is the ultimate team sport.” That’s a crock of BS for multiple reasons. First of all,..." November 15

  • Is NHL participation in 2018 Olympics really what’s best for hockey?

    Sportsnet "Wednesday’s meeting in New York City involving the NHL, its players and the IIHF to discuss involvement in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will resolve nothing. There will be no grandiose statements, fireworks and the singing of “We are the World”. What we will hear is that the nearly 20 million..." November 15

  • Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene will miss another game Tuesday

    Denver Post "Avalanche leading scorer Matt Duchene did not skate on his own or practice with the team Monday and will miss his second consecutive game Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Duchene, who suffered a head injury Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win over Winnipeg, was scheduled to skate..." November 14

  • Rask, Bruins blank Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Boston Bruins came into Denver tired and nearing the end of a long road trip. It didn't matter with the dominant season goaltender Tuukka Rask is enjoying. Rask stopped 21 shots for his third shutout of the season, David Krejci had a goal and an assist, and the Bruins..." November 13

  • Avalanche topple Jets in OT on own goal

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche were searching for a break to snap them out of their slump. They got a big one Friday night. Rene Bourque was credited with his second goal after Nikolaj Ehlers shot the puck into his own net 1:23 into overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2..." November 12

  • Avalanche's Matt Duchene: Leaves game to be evaluated

    CBS Sports "Duchene (undisclosed) left Friday's game against Winnipeg to be evaluated in the dressing room, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports. The nature of the injury is unknown, but Duchene did not return to the game after playing just 14:09 during the contest. " November 12

  • Matt Duchene has “concussion-like” symptoms, not on ice with Avalanche Saturday

    Denver Post "It was no surprise after Matt Duchene sat out the third period against Winnipeg Friday night after taking a hit to the head late in the second period, but the Avalanche’s leading scorer didn’t practice with the team Saturday morning at Family Sports Center. After practice, Avalanche coach Jared..." November 12

  • NHL, PA among groups meeting about Olympics

    TSN "The NHL and NHLPA are just two of the groups set to meet next week to discuss the NHL's involvement at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. THe IIHF as well as USA Hockey and Hockey Canada will also meet in New York City next week. The..." November 10

  • Not an ideal start: 5 NHL coaches on the early-season hot seat

    Ottawa Sun "There is a reason why hockey coaches spend the entire game standing behind the players’ bench. If they had a seat, most would be too hot to actually sit on. That’s the life of a hockey coach. The proverbial hot seat might rise and fall in temperature during the season, but most feel it at..." November 10

  • DeAngelo scores first NHL goal as Coyotes top Avs

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Anthony DeAngelo took a couple of shifts to settle down in his NHL debut. His excitement grew again when he marked the occasion with his first goal. DeAngelo started Arizona's rally with a milestone score, Jordan Martinook had two goals and the Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche..." November 09

  • Problem isn't with NHL DoPS, it's the rulebook

    TSN "The tin foil hats are on in Vancouver, chin straps done up nice and tight. Canuck fans are thoroughly convinced the NHL Department of Player Safety has it in for Daniel Sedin and the Canucks; that Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs are, as usual, benefitting from the league's Eastern bias..." November 07

  • Blues rough up Avs, 5-1

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Left winger Robby Fabbri's relief was obvious. Playing his 13th game of the season and still looking for his first goal, Fabbri didn't have to wait long on Sunday -- just 1:37 -- before he finally could celebrate that goal. It was followed less than two minutes later..." November 06

  • Avalanche center John Mitchell clears waivers, will remain with team

    Denver Post "The Avalanche, losers of four of its last five games heading into Saturday’s matinee against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center, will retain center John Mitchell, who cleared waivers Saturday morning. Mitchell, 31, was placed on waivers Friday in a move designed to get out of his contract...." November 05

  • Hossa, Crawford lead Blackhawks past Avs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford can't necessarily explain what has gone so right for him of late or if he has played better, but the Chicago Blackhawks goalie certainly won't complain about the results. Crawford registered his second shutout in the past five days and the 21st of his career with a..." November 04

  • Avalanche places center John Mitchell on waivers

    Denver Post "The Avalanche, losers of four of its last five games, placed fourth-line center John Mitchell on waivers Friday morning. The move is designed to get out of Mitchell’s contract. If he isn’t claimed by 10 a.m. Saturday, Mitchell will remain with the Avs or reassigned to the minors." November 04

  • Predators ice Avs, snap skid

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche came out scrapping to start the third period, looking for a spark after falling behind by two goals. The Nashville Predators kept their cool, survived a few chances and then buried Colorado. Craig Smith scored twice, Ryan Johansen had a goal and an..." November 02

  • Report: NHL may restrict All-Star Game to only ‘bona fide players

    The Hockey News "It looks as though the NHL is going to restrict the likes of John Scott from the All-Star Game by placing parameters around the definition of NHL player. Even though the NHL plans to continue to have populist voting for the All-Star Game, it’s still unclear whether or not the John Scott..." November 02

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