Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Colorado inks defensive prospect Anton Lindholm

    Pro Hockey Talk "After establishing himself in the Swedish league, Anton Lindholm will head to North America. The Colorado Avalanche announced that they have signed the 21-year-old defenseman to a three-year, entry-level contract. They selected Lindholm in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. More of..." May 25

  • Tyson Barrie reportedly available via trade, would satisfy Rangers’ desire to get younger

    New York Daily News "There hasn’t been this much reason to be excited about a Tyson since Evander Holyfield had his ear bitten off. Tyson Barrie, the smooth-skating and puck-moving Colorado Avalanche defenseman set to hit restricted free agency on July 1 and turn 25 on July 26, reportedly could be available via..." May 18

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Avs lose another to Europe, as Everberg signs in Sweden

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just four days after Joey Hishon signed with KHL club Jokerit, another Colorado player has inked overseas — on Friday, SHL club Vaxjo announced it had agreed to terms with Dennis Everberg. Everberg, 24, appeared in 70 games over the last two seasons with the Avs. His best effort came during the..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Avalanche plans don't seem to include college players

    Denver Post "The Avalanche is not interested in free agent Drake Caggiula, the NCAA Frozen Four MVP from North Dakota. Caggiula, who scored two of his four Frozen Four goals against Denver in the national semifinals this month, has whittled down a long list of suitors to the Sabres, Blackhawks, Oilers,..." May 01

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Avalanche Signs JT Compher

    NHL.com "JT Compher will forego his his senior season at the University of Michigan. The Colorado Avalanche signed the forward to a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday. Compher captained of the University of Michigan Wolverines last season in a standout junior campaign that saw him put up 63..." April 25

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Varlamov: Avalanche are ‘waiting’ on Radulov

    Pro Hockey Talk "Semyon Varlamov would love to have Alexander Radulov join the Colorado Avalanche for next season. The Avs’ starting goalie, over in Russia for the world championship, said so to Russian newspaper Sport Express." April 22

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Nathan MacKinnon's knee injury revealed as left MCL sprain, worse than expected

    Denver Post "It turns out the knee injury that cost the Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon the last 10 games of the season was worse than he initially thought. MacKinnon revealed Saturday that he suffered a left MCL sprain and couldn't have played even if the Avs made the playoffs. He said he gave..." April 10

  • Joe Sakic says Patrick Roy will return: 'We're in this thing together'

    Denver Post "It was more a formality than a surprise, but Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic Saturday confirmed that Patrick Roy will be back as coach next season. On the recent final road trip of the season, the Avalanche had said Sakic wouldn't comment on season-ending issues — or anything else — until..." April 10

  • Ducks dunk Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Anaheim Ducks hoped for a Pacific Division title, but finishing strong was more important. They did that with a solid win over the Colorado Avalanche, and they hoped they have something to play for Sunday. Jakob Silfverberg scored twice, John Gibson had 29 saves and the..." April 09

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    Terry Frei @TFrei

    Sakic availability pregame just started. I asked if Patrick Roy would return next season. Sakic said yes.

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Matt Duchene also representing Canada at the World Championship next month in Russia.

  • Erik Johnson on Avs missing the playoffs: ‘a lot of that falls on my shoulders’

    Denver Post "Erik Johnson's seven-year, $42 million contract extension kicks in next season, tying him up through the 2022-23 season — when the Avalanche defenseman will be 35. The deal implies that he is expected to be a top-pair, cornerstone player at the position, matching up against top lines, logging..." April 09

  • Stars beat Avalanche, inch closer to West's top spot

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars didn't clinch the Central Division or the top spot in the Western Conference with a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday at American Airlines Center, but they did take a step in that direction. Colton Sceviour scored the eventual game-winning goal..." April 08

  • Roy has no plans to leave Avalanche bench

    Denver Post "Colorado coach Patrick Roy still was recovering from a case of apparent food poisoning as he stood behind the bench Thursday, when the Avalanche closed out its road season with a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. The defeat was the fifth in a row for Colorado (39-38-4), while the Stars remained..." April 08

  • Jarome Iginla plans to return next season to Avalanche

    Denver Post "At age 38, Avalanche winger Jarome Iginla went into Thursday night's game against the Stars with 21 goals, including 13 on the power play. That's his lowest total in a full NHL season since he scored 13 goals with the Calgary Flames in 1997-98, his second season in the league. His career total..." April 08

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Roy: ‘Unacceptable’ Avs missed playoffs — ‘our core needs to show more leadership’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The day after being eliminated from the playoffs for the second straight year, Colorado head coach Patrick Roy went on Denver’s 104.3 The Fan and — in a lengthy, occasionally contentious interview — had some pretty harsh assessments of his team. “I think our core needs to show more leadership,”..." April 06

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Dreger: Roy comments will fuel Duchene trade speculation

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 on Monday afternoon. As part of a larger discussion on the aftermath of Patrick Roy’s comments over the weekend about Matt Duchene’s goal celebration in a losing effort: “The whole thing was a little bizarre and all it does is fuel and breed ongoing..." April 05

  • Nilsson, Blues shut down Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Anders Nilsson was added as insurance when he was acquired from Edmonton on Feb. 26. St. Louis cashed in his policy Sunday, and the goaltender came through when starter Jake Allen went down. Nilsson stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced in the last 40 minutes, and the Blues..." April 04

  • Avalanche won’t get to 90 points; is the Duchene/Roy relationship on thin ice?

    Denver Post "The Colorado Avalanche lost 5-1 to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night at home. Center Matt Duchene scored the team’s lone goal, his 30th. Duchene, asked about that goal, which came when St. Louis led 4-0 late in the third period, said all of the right things. Later, Patrick Roy blasted Duchene..." April 04

  • Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov injured by this massive Tom Wilson hit

    CBS Sports "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is one of the most ferocious hitters in the NHL. In the second period of Friday's game in Colorado, Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov was on the wrong end of one of his hits, resulting in a head injury." April 02

  • Capitals hand Avalanche damaging loss

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Washington Capitals tuned up for the postseason by delivering a big blow to the Colorado Avalanche's playoff hopes. Alex Ovechkin had a goal, Braden Holtby made 17 saves and the playoff-bound Capitals beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Friday. Jason Chimera, T.J. Oshie..." April 02

  • Nikita Zadorov has been diagnosed with a concussion

    CBS Sports "Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said Saturday that Zadorov is concussed. The young defenseman sustained the injury in Friday's game against the Capitals, ending his night after just 8:43 of ice time. " April 02

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  • Matt Duchene expects to return for Avalanche against Capitals

    Denver Post "The Avalanche's chances of making the playoffs aren't zero ... but at least are negligible. Under those circumstances, did the Avs or Matt Duchene consider shutting down their leading scorer for the rest of the season — which at this point is five games? "No, I didn't," Duchene said..." April 01

  • Unsealed emails: NHL owners tried to warn Bettman about head injuries

    The Score "More than one NHL owner cautioned commissioner Gary Bettman about the need to crack down on headshots before the league was sued by former players in 2013. Emails published this week by The Globe and Mail and later examined by James Mirtle after being unsealed in the ongoing concussion lawsuit..." March 31

  • Blues defeat Avalanche for fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Every time it seems the St. Louis Blues have had a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the Central Division, they look up and see that the Dallas Stars have won again. "Welcome to the Central Division," said David Backes. "It's win and keep pace and lose and..." March 30

  • Unsealed emails reveal NHL executives were aware of link between hockey and brain trauma in 2011

    SB Nation "While the NFL dominates most of the concussion and head injury talk in sports, the NHL has also been tackling the topic on a slightly smaller stage. In 2013, over two dozen former NHL players proposed a class action lawsuit against the league. Since the start of the lawsuit, more than 100..." March 30

  • Avalanche cling to playoff hopes after win

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Equal parts optimism and realism, the Colorado Avalanche know their road to a Western Conference playoff spot remains steep. But Monday night's 4-3 win over the surging Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena at least allows Colorado to dream the unlikely dream of..." March 28

  • Avs coach Patrick Roy wants veterans to oversee young players

    Denver Post "Young Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov will play big minutes paired with Francois Beauchemin on Monday night against the Predators and fellow youngster Chris Bigras will do the same with partner Erik Johnson. Bigras celebrated his 21st birthday last month and Zadorov will turn 21 next..." March 28

  • Avalanche's Duchene, MacKinnon to miss at least next 2 games

    The Score "f the Colorado Avalanche are going to climb back into a playoff spot, they'll have to press on without two of their best players. Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, both of whom are dealing with knee injuries, have been ruled out of at least the next two games, the team announced Sunday." March 27

  • Avalanche won't burn 1st year of Rantanen's contract

    Denver Post "I met with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic after Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild to talk about rookie Mikko Rantanen, who had just played in his ninth NHL game. He will not play in his 10th game this season, Sakic told me, to preserve the first year of his entry-level contract (three years). His..." March 27

  • Wild takes it to Avs again

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Zach Parise saves his best for the Colorado Avalanche. So does the entire Minnesota Wild team, and that domination has moved it closer to the postseason. Parise followed Thursday's hat trick with two goals, Devan Dubnyk had 29 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, and the..." March 26

  • Flyers score three in third to sink Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Philadelphia Flyers were on the verge of another heartbreaking loss when things turned around in a hurry. Now they are poised to finish off a road trip with a playoff spot in their grasp. Radko Gudas and Claude Giroux scored 19 seconds apart late in the third period, and..." March 25

  • 30 Thoughts: Clearing up expansion draft questions

    Sportsnet "The first thing that crossed my mind when Eugene Melnyk unleashed his frustration across the Ottawa organization: how much of a surprise was this to Dave Cameron? The two have a long history. Melnyk bought the OHL’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in 2001, one year into Cameron’s tenure as head..." March 23

  • Are 50-goal scorers a thing of the past?

    ESPN "It all rests on Alex Ovechkin ... again. Only he can save the NHL from going without a 50-goal scorer for the first time in a full season in the salary-cap era. "Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Ovi ripped off eight goals in the last however many games they have left,'' Lightning captain..." March 23

  • NHL, former players await key ruling in concussion lawsuit

    TSN "The National Hockey League and former players suing the league over its handling of concussions are back in court Tuesday arguing over an issue the NHL hopes will lead to the case’s dismissal — pre-emption. The NHL contends that concussions are a health and safety issue, and these issues are..." March 22

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