Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Avalanche delivers three power-play goals in win at Ottawa

    Denver Post "Anybody have this Avalanche team figured out? Sure you do. After an 0-3-1 homestand in which the Avalanche looked even worse than that record might indicate, Colorado took advantage of a sizzling power play to jump to an early three-goal lead and then hung on for a 4-3 win over the Ottawa..." February 12

  • Gary Bettman praises the NHL’s new website and app (which are currently awful)

    Puck Drunk Love "If you haven’t noticed, the NHL has a new look on its digital properties. The reaction has been poor to say the least, but it goes beyond the usual criticisms that come with a major redesign. As fans struggle to find features they used to use and adapt to the new look, Gary Bettman is more than..." February 12

  • With winless home stand, Avs blow ‘good opportunity to pick up some big wins’

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Colorado Avalanche came out of the All-Star break, they were presented with a four-game home stand and a great chance to build an even bigger playoff cushion. Last night, that home stand ended with a 3-1 loss to Vancouver. In the four games, the only point they managed came in a 4-3 OT..." February 10

  • Canucks snap skid with win over Avalanche

    Vancouver Sun "It wasn’t the first so-called must-win game of late for the Vancouver Canucks. But this one was different. They actually won it. Desperately trying to remain in the Western Conference playoff hunt, the Canucks snapped a four-game losing streak and beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Tuesday..." February 10

  • Reading the trade market tea leaves

    TSN "Another week, another exercise in trying to put 10 pounds of fertilizer in a five-pound bag. It’s T-minus 19 days and counting to the NHL trade deadline, so let’s try to size up some of the situations/players we’ll be watching and talking about between now and then. In honour of the Dustin..." February 10

  • What if an NHL goalie has to go to the bathroom?

    SI "Unlike his fellow NHL players who tailor their game day meals with an eye on fuel and nutrition, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby follows his gut whenever he is scheduled to start. “It’s all based around what’s not going to make my stomach upset,” the current Vezina Trophy frontrunner says. “It’s..." February 10

  • Hutchinson delivers win for Jets over Avalanche

    Winnipeg Sun "This was a special delivery from backup goalie Michael Hutchinson. Looking for a spark, with five losses in the past six games, the Winnipeg Jets turned to Hutchinson. The reason for giving Hutchinson was given the nod was two-fold. First and foremost, he'd done a pretty good job in..." February 07

  • Jack Skille Out With Concussion for Avalanche

    Today's Slapshot "After being signed to a free agent contract by the Colorado Avalanche this summer, depth forward Jack Skille has produced seven goals and 12 points for the Central Division club this season. Now, though, he may have to sit out for a bit to recover from a head injury. Head coach Patrick Roy..." February 06

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    Terry Frei @TFrei

    Grigorenko will be on line with Duchene and MacKinnon vs Winnipeg

  • Avalanche loses to Dallas Stars in OT, but improve playoff standing

    Denver Post "Dallas defenseman John Klingberg scored 35 seconds into overtime Thursday night to beat the Avalanche 4-3 and end an eight-game losing streak to Colorado. The Stars, who had lost 11 of their previous 12 games to the Avs, also snapped a seven-game losing streak at the Pepsi Center. Still, the..." February 05

  • Semyon Varlamov will return to Avs' net against Winnipeg

    Denver Post "Semyon Varlamov will be back in the Colorado net against the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night. Patrick Roy confirmed that Friday, when 11 Avalanche skaters and Varlamov went through a mostly optional on-ice session at Family Sports Center the morning after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas..." February 05

  • Report: Majority of GMs would approve of play-in game for final playoff seeds

    The Score "First the coach's challenge, now a wild-card play-in game? Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday on NBC that 16-of-28 general managers polled would be in favor of the NHL borrowing another idea, and adopting an MLB-style single elimination play-in game to determine the final wild-card seed in each..." February 04

  • Blackhawks score twice in first period, hang on to beat Avalanche

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks weren’t looking for a fancy outing in their first game back from the All-Star break. They just wanted a simple game and a positive ending to erase some of the negative ones they had prior to the respite. Thanks to some early offense, they got it. Artemi Panarin scored his 18th..." February 03

  • Jury sides with Semyon Varlamov in civil case, awards Avs goalie $126k

    Denver Post "The jury in the civil trial of Evgeniya Vavrinyuk against Colorado Avalanche star Semyon Varlamov sided with the goalie Tuesday and awarded him $126,000 in damages. After the decision, Varlamov's lawyers said in a statement that Vavrinyuk's claims were "groundless and completely unsupported"..." February 03

  • Semyon Varlamov back on ice for Avalanche, civil case expected to go to jury

    Denver Post "After the civil trial in his former girlfriend's lawsuit against him adjourned for the day in Denver District Court, Semyon Varlamov was on the ice for the Avalanche's practice at Family Sports Center as the team reconvened following the four-day All-Star break. It was his first time on the ice..." February 02

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    Terry Frei @TFrei

    Pickard in net against Blackhawks, decision on Varlamov status tomorrow

  • 11d
    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    Brad Stuart had back surgery and will be out long term.

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    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    Roy said he'll use Iginla on a line with Duchene & MacKinnon tomorrow. Tanguay with Wagner & Martinsen.

  • John Scott, NHL All-Star Game set ratings record for NBCSN

    Yahoo! Sports "There was no doubt that the perfect storm of The John Scott Phenomenon and the NHL’s reinvigorated 3-on-3 All-Star Game format had provided an uptick in attention for the midseason classic. The only question was if that would actually translate into a spike in viewership as well, or if the..." February 01

  • MVP John Scott and new format win praise at NHL All-Star game

    Los Angeles Times "The least likely All-Star was voted the most valuable player of the NHL's first venture into three-on-three play at its midseason showcase, proving that the worst intentions can sometimes have an unimaginably good outcome. A ride that began when enforcer John Scott was jokingly promoted as the..." February 01

  • Chambers: Nathan MacKinnon worth big bucks

    Denver Post "If there was any fear about moving forward with the Avalanche, Nathan MacKinnon and his agent likely smiled before exchanging text messages last week after learning of Alexsander Barkov's contract extension with the Florida Panthers. Barkov, who was selected second in the 2013 NHL draft behind..." January 31

  • NHL players excited for 3-on-3 All-Star Game

    Tennessean "Few cities fully understand and embody the concept of entertainment like Nashville, which is evident by the flair that exudes from every event that it holds. That inherent flavor is why the Predators, who are hosting their first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, wanted to make..." January 30

  • Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov testifies in Denver civil trial

    Denver Post "Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov testified Friday that he restrained his longtime girlfriend when she attacked him in his apartment in late October 2013, but he never meant to hurt her. His testimony contradicted what his former girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, said days earlier in a civil trial..." January 30

  • There are barely any good NHL teams and it sucks

    New York Post "Parity? Yes. Good hockey? No. The prevalent idea that permeates down from the NHL offices on Sixth Avenue states having so many teams so closely bunched makes for good entertainment. As the All-Star break has begun, let us clarify that idea: The more teams that have a chance to make the..." January 30

  • Patrick Roy testifies Semyon Varlamov said girlfriend hit him

    Denver Post "After his then-girlfriend accused him of beating her, Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov told the team's managers that she hit him, and he moved her aside and locked himself in a bedroom, Avs head coach Patrick Roy testified Thursday. The story Varlamov told Roy and other team managers..." January 29

  • Avalanche sails into all-star break by rallying past L.A. Kings

    Denver Post "When Colorado trailed 2-0 after one period against the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night at the Staples Center, and were being outshot 18-5, it seemed as if the Avalanche was about to be routed for the second consecutive night in California. This was coming 24 hours after the Avalanche suffered..." January 28

  • Self-aware NHL all-star John Scott has many in his corner

    Toronto Sun "Midway through the second period, John Scott began to grow antsy. The hulking enforcer, who had been sitting for nearly 15 minutes in a 2-2 game, stood up, shook loose his legs, and looked pleadingly in the direction of the head coach. But it was no use. It was clear Scott’s place was on the..." January 28

  • Sharks stomp Avs, stay hot heading into break

    CSN Bay Area "There was no pre-All Star break sag for the San Jose Sharks, who completed the unofficial first half of their season with a decisive 6-1 victory over a previously hot Colorado Avalanche team at SAP Center on Tuesday. The Sharks (26-18-4, 56 points) go into the weeklong respite with an 8-0-2..." January 27

  • Majority of coaches remain in favour of challenge concept

    TSN "It's not that NHL coaches don't appreciate having the coach's challenge at their disposal this season for the first time ever... Well, actually, that's not entirely true as six of 27 NHL head coaches polled by TSN don't like the coach's challenge at all and would just as soon see it..." January 27

  • Semyon Varlamov told ex, "I could have killed you," she testifies at trial

    Denver Post "The former girlfriend of Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov testified Tuesday before a jury that after kicking, and dragging her, he told her "if we were not in America, I could have killed you." During the civil trial in Denver District Court, a sometimes tearful Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, testified..." January 27

  • How to Fix the NHL’s Coach’s Challenge

    The Hockey Writers "It’s no secret. The NHL’s coach’s challenge has not gone as smoothly as hoped in its inaugural season. It was put into place in order to give teams an option to challenge goals which they thought were not ‘good goals’ as deemed by the NHL rulebook. However, the two times when a coach can..." January 25

  • Canada’s falling dollar could be raising hopes for a Seattle NHL expansion team

    Seattle Times "It turns out the prediction of a January vote by Seattle City Council on a Sodo District arena was not only optimistic, but downright delusional. City Hall sources now indicate a vote to cede Occidental Avenue South for Chris Hansen’s project won’t happen before late March, early April at best...." January 25

  • Varlamov, Stempniak and Elliott named stars of week

    NHL.com "Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, New Jersey Devils right wing Lee Stempniak and St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 24. FIRST STAR – SEMYON VARLAMOV, G, COLORADO AVALANCHE Varlamov posted a 4-0-0 record with..." January 25

  • Escrow went up…again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Escrow has risen from 16 percent to 18 percent, according to multiple reports. No surprise there, given the Canadian dollar’s plunge. With seven of the NHL’s 30 teams in Canada, there was no way league revenues weren’t going to be affected. Some had predicted escrow would go up even..." January 25

  • Semyon Varlamov makes 42 saves in Avalanche's 3-1 victory at Dallas

    Denver Post "So it went like this Saturday night: With Colorado short-handed, the Avalanche's Swedish forward took advantage of a Dallas misplay to gain control of the puck, took off on a breakway and beat Dallas goalie Antti Niemi to the stick side. As a matter of fact, it went like that twice — with two..." January 24

  • Avalanche gets victory over Blues in Colorado's first shootout of the season

    Denver Post "Although Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon is 20 now, he still can sound like a wide-eyed teenager. "It's fun," he said after the Avalanche's 2-1 wild shootout victory over St. Louis at the Pepsi Center on Friday night. "Everybody on their feet, chanting, 'Varly, Varly.' I think we play this..." January 23

  • Blake Comeau misses Avalanche-Blues game for birth of second child

    Denver Post "Avalanche veteran winger Blake Comeau missed Friday night's game against St. Louis. He had a good reason. Comeau's wife, Lacey, early Friday evening gave birth to the couple's second child, daughter Finley. She joins an older sister, Zoie, in the Comeau household. Blake was expected to..." January 23

  • Avalanche Defeat Sabres Late In Third Period

    Mile High Hockey "Francois Beauchemin scored with 32 seconds left to give the Avalanche a 2-1 victory, their 5th win in the past six home games. On a night when much of the attention was on the return of Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado's young talent shone brightly and got major contributions from its most tenured..." January 21

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    Adrian Dater @adater

    Erik Johnson getting close to a return. Alas, not tonight

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    The NHL executive committee meeting on expansion is today in NY. No announcement should be made after. #tvasports

  • Carl Soderberg, Jarome Iginla score goals as Avalanche beats Jets

    Denver Post "Two days before Ryan O'Reilly's reunion in Denver, Carl Soderberg on Monday further proved his value as O'Reilly's replacement. Soderberg, if you recall, was acquired by the Avalanche from Boston a day before the Avs traded O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn to Buffalo in June. Soderberg was tagged as..." January 19

  • Blue Jackets score a lucky bounce against Avalanche

    Columbus Dispatch "As the crowd roared, the goal-horn blared and Nationwide Arena’s cannon was readied for faux explosion, Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson looked up to the rafters, his arms spread and his mouth agape. “I just couldn’t believe it went in,” Johnson said. Johnson’s goal with 1:07 remaining..." January 17

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    Mike Chambers @MikeChambers

    Calvin Pickard to start here in Columbus. Exact same lineup as Thursday in 3-0 win vs NJD. Semyon Varlamov will start Monday at WPG #Avs

  • ‘If I could lose 30 pounds, that’ll help,’ says Roy ahead of Avs, Red Wings alumni game

    Pro Hockey Talk "It sounds like Patrick Roy is getting back into the swing of things at the goalie position for the upcoming Colorado Avalanche – Detroit Red Wings alumni game at Coors Field on Feb. 26. As per NHL.com, preliminary rosters for the alumni game, which is part of the NHL Stadium Series, were..." January 16

  • St. Louis fans chant 'Kroenke sucks' amid ceremonial puck drop

    ESPN "St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman, wearing a St. Louis Cardinals jacket, and Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt III, wearing a Blues jacket, were at center ice for the Blues' game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night to drop the puck as a sign of support for the city of St. Louis. As..." January 16

  • NHL instates mandatory domestic violence and sexual assault prevention training for teams and players

    SB Nation "The NHL has finally begun to implement domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention training for its players and teams, per a report from the Associated Press. The NHL and NHL Players' Association partnered to ensure all 30 teams would go through "hour-long educational..." January 16

  • Calvin Pickard gets first career shutout as the Avs defeat New Jersey

    Denver Post "Correlation does not imply causation — which is a professor's way of saying that the Avalanche might have beaten New Jersey on Thursday night without making youth-oriented roster moves on defense the day before. The stop in Denver was the third on a four-game Western swing for the franchise..." January 15

  • Avs place Nate Guenin on waivers, recall Chris Bigras, Nikita Zadorov

    Denver Post "In the wake of a stinging 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay, the Avalanche Wednesday made several significant moves involving its corps of defensemen. In essense, the Avs went "young" on the blue line. Colorado recalled two 20-year-olds, Nikita Zadorov and Chris Bigras from the San Antonio Rampage of..." January 14

  • Stamkos scores twice; Lightning dominate Avs to win third straight, 4-0

    Tampa Tribune "Don’t look now, but the Lightning might finally — finally — be feeling it. Tampa Bay turned a good road trip into a great one by beating Colorado 4-0 on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center, picking up six of eight points on a four-game trip. The Lightning won the final three games of the trip,..." January 13

  • Jarome Iginla honored for 600th NHL goal

    Denver Post "Avalanche right winger Jarome Iginla, the 19th NHL player to reach 600 career goals, was honored prior to Tuesday night's game before he took on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Pepsi Center. Iginla, who reached No. 600 on Jan. 4 against the visiting Los Angeles Kings, was joined by his wife,..." January 13