Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Patrick goes No. 1 in TSN's post-season mock draft

    TSN "Nolan Patrick is on pace to make history – twice. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button projects the Brandon Wheat Kings’ centre going first overall to the last place Colorado Avalanche – provided it wins the draft lottery scheduled to take place April 29 – in the TSN post-season mock..." April 11

  • Joe Sakic says full steam ahead, Jared Bednar included

    Denver Post "Around Joe Sakic in the American Airlines Center hallway Saturday, Avalanche players worked on their sticks and prepared for their penultimate game of the season. Sakic then addressed the lost season, repeating that the plan is in motion to get younger and faster in 2016-17, and also making it..." April 10

  • Seguin's shootout goal sends Stars past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Tyler Seguin scored the only goal in the shootout and the Dallas Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Saturday night at American Airlines Center. Kari Lehtonen was perfect in the shootout and stopped Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen to seal the win in..." April 09

  • Sobotka scores in NHL return as Blues beat Avs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- After a couple of years of trying to get Vladimir Sobotka back from the Kontinental Hockey League, he was in the lineup for the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night and immediately made his presence known, just in time for the playoffs. Sobotka, playing his first game in the NHL..." April 09

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Wild hold on to beat Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- A quick start and a crazy finish has Minnesota on the brink of franchise history. Jason Zucker scored 10 seconds into the game and the Wild survived Colorado's final push, including a disallowed goal in the final 1:14, to beat the Avalanche 4-3 on Thursday night. Nino..." April 07

  • Denver's Will Butcher wins 2017 Hobey Baker Award

    NCAA "The Hobey Baker Memorial Award announced Friday that the 2017 recipient of college hockey’s top individual prize is Will Butcher from the University of Denver. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago..." April 07

  • Five players to watch in the NCAA Frozen Four

    Sportsnet "Now that the NCCA men’s basketball championship has been decided, it’s time to move on to the next one. No, the American college hockey Frozen Four doesn’t get nearly the attention that its winter sport counterpart does. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t stories to follow or players to keep an..." April 06

  • Avalanche rally from three-goal deficit to defeat Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche are headed for another early vacation; but, against one of the top teams in the league, they played like they want to get there on a roll. Erik Johnson scored at 1:57 of overtime and the Avalanche rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • Haula, Koivu lead Wild past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Shortly before his team faced off against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday evening, Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was still seething over his team's uninspired shutout loss at Nashville on Saturday. Asked what his message to the team would be, Boudreau said, "We've..." April 02

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Avalanche halt seven-game skid with shootout win

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Tyson Jost of the Colorado Avalanche got to experience a win in his NHL debut. He also got to watch the St. Louis Blues clinch a playoff spot, which has been out of reach for the Avalanche for some time. Calvin Pickard had 27 saves through overtime and two in the shootout as the..." April 01

  • Caps top Avs, move closer to Metro title

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche shut down Alex Ovechkin, but the rest of the Washington players stepped up to deliver another big win for the Capitals. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist each, and the streaking Capitals beat Colorado 5-3 on Wednesday night...." March 30

  • Avalanche sign Jost to entry-level deal, will join club for rest of season

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Tyson Jost (JOH-st) to a three-year, entry-level contract. Jost is scheduled to join the Avalanche for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. Jost, 19, was Colorado's first-round selection (10th overall) in the..." March 30

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • Flames, Monahan hand Avalanche 4-2 loss

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- The rough start that Sean Monahan and the Calgary Flames endured is a distant memory. Monahan had his most productive game of the season on Monday with a goal and three assists to lead the Flames to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Scotiabank Saddledome...." March 28

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Oilers, Brossoit beat Avalanche again

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- Laurent Brossoit made his NHL debut in April 2015. He had to wait until January 2017 to get his first NHL win. Now, in the space of three days, he's got career wins two and three. Brossoit made 23 saves as Edmonton beat last-place Colorado 4-1 on Saturday at Rogers..." March 26

  • 20 years later: Red Wings vs. Avalanche fight night is still the best

    USA Today "It has been called “Bloody Wednesday,” “The Brawl at Hockeytown” and “Fight Night at the Joe.” And if one were to borrow a movie title to describe what happened on the banks of the Detroit River that spring evening, “There Will Be Blood” would be apropos. Today marks the 20th anniversary of..." March 26

  • Oilers rally to beat Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Zack Kassian was shocked he was the only one to see the puck sitting in front of the Colorado net, so the Edmonton Oilers forward rushed toward the easy scoring chance before the ref blew his whistle or someone covered it up. "I saw it there, I was probably 10 strides away and I..." March 24

  • Senators, Avalanche to play pair of games in Sweden

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will play two regular-season games in Stockholm on Nov. 10 and 11 as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, the League announced Friday. It will be the sixth time the NHL has played a regular-season game in Europe, the first time since 2011. These..." March 24

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Blues beat Avs to keep streaking

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Blues thought they were ready for the final game of a tough road trip, but when the Colorado Avalanche came on strong, St. Louis scrambled to stay in the game. Thanks to goaltender Jake Allen, the Blues are headed home with a big win. Allen made 26 saves, Magnus Paajarvi..." March 22

  • Avalanche's Johnson: 'We're the worst team in 20 years'

    Denver Post "Erik Johnson, who turned 29 Tuesday, is signed through the 2022-23 season, at $6 million per year. The Avalanche’s top defenseman is not untradable, but probably close to it. So his assessment of how things have gone in this horrible season comes in a context of mutual long-term..." March 22

  • Bettman: 'Assume' NHL not going to Olympics

    TSN "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman is advising fans to brace for the 2018 Winter Olympics to take place without NHL players in Pyeongchang. Speaking to Reuters in New York on Tuesday at the Sports Business Summit, Bettman said “people should assume” the NHL is not going to play in..." March 21

  • Blackhawks stun Avalanche with third-period binge

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- For the better part of 50 minutes Sunday night, it appeared the Chicago Blackhawks' winning streak had reached its end. But in a span of 34 seconds, everything changed, as a flurry of sudden offense allowed the Blackhawks to keep rolling. The Blackhawks went from down two goals to..." March 19

  • Tatar tallies twice as Red Wings rout Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- No longer is anyone asking Tomas Tatar about his goal-scoring slump. The left winger scored twice to reach the 20-goal plateau for the third time in four seasons as the Detroit Red Wings dumped the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, on Saturday. Tatar scored only four times through..." March 18

  • Compher, Soderberg score in 3rd as Avs top Wings

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- J.T. Compher gave the Colorado Avalanche a glimpse into the future with a big goal against a bitter rival. Compher's first NHL goal gave Colorado the lead early in the third period, Carl Soderberg scored 1:55 later, and the Avalanche beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Wednesday..." March 16

  • Smith sets Coyotes shutout record in win over Avs

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Smith was not aware he was within striking distance of the Coyotes' franchise shutout record when the season began. On Monday, he took sole possession of it. Brendan Perlini scored his 13th goal of the season and Smith made 22 saves to record his franchise-record 22nd..." March 14

  • Duchene on slump: Crazy how bad it's gone

    TSN "Colorado forward Matt Duchene was held without a point for the 11th straight game on Monday night as the Avalanche were shut out by the Arizona Coyotes. The 26-year-old, who was the subject of trade rumours throughout the month of February, owns 16 goals on the season, but just one in his past 25..." March 14

  • Senators, Anderson shut down Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Alexander Burrows has become Ottawa's good-luck charm -- especially when it comes to playing the Colorado Avalanche. Burrows scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and added an assist, Craig Anderson stopped 14 shots to become Ottawa's all-time wins leader, and the..." March 11

  • Avalanche slip past Devils with late goal

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche have experienced a trio of two-game winning streaks this season but have failed to extend them to three. They'll get a fourth crack at it Saturday after a nail-biting win Thursday night. Francois Beauchemin scored the tiebreaking goal at 18:46 of the..." March 10

  • Barrie helps Avalanche snap four-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche haven't had many opportunities to celebrate on home ice this season, so they savored Tuesday's rare chance. Tyson Barrie had a goal and two assists, Gabriel Landeskog also scored and the Avalanche rallied for two quick goals in the second period to beat the..." March 08

  • Colin Campbell ‘nervous’ as unchanged offsides rule looms ahead of playoffs

    Sportsnet "Colin Campbell refers to it as Mike Murphy’s Law. A nod to his right-hand man, yes, but also the NHL’s penchant for finding itself in some kind of rules quagmire at the most important time of year. Consider it a by-product of a game played with a bouncing piece of rubber on ice. "We always..." March 08

  • NHL Will Not Change Definition Of Off-Side

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though it was discussed heavily at the GM Meetings this week in Boca Raton, Florida, the NHL will not change the off-side rule according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. The idea theorized was that the player wouldn’t need to have his skate blade on the ice to be considered on-side, just breaking the..." March 07

  • Stastny's first goal vs. Avs helps Blues earn win

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Paul Stastny waited 11 games to finally score against his former team, and he got the goal with a captive audience right in front of him. Stastny scored early in the first period to the delight of his family, Jake Allen had 27 saves to make it stand up, and the St. Louis Blues..." March 05

  • Jets rout Avalanche 6-1

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Colorado Avalanche dodged a bullet Saturday night, but still took a serious shot to their waning confidence as they remain in the cellar of the NHL standings. The Avalanche were a mere 15.4 seconds away from being blanked for an 11th time this season, as the Winnipeg Jets..." March 04

  • Duchene’s contract could complicate things for Avs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Any team that acquires Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche will want to keep him for more than two years. And therein lies a potential problem for Avs GM Joe Sakic. Duchene is only signed for two more seasons, and he’s not eligible to ink an extension until the summer of 2018. To..." March 03

  • Burrows shines in Senators debut

    The Sports Xchange "OTTAWA -- One day past the NHL trade deadline, rookie Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion is looking pretty shrewd. His much-criticized decision to deal a top prospect for a 35-year-old winger paid immediate dividends when Alex Burrows scored both goals in Ottawa's 2-1 win over the..." March 02

  • Prices for Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog were too high for potential trading partners

    Ottawa Citizen "As the clock struck 3 p.m. Wednesday, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog were on the ice with their Colorado Avalanche teammates at Canadian Tire Centre. Duchene neither crossed the hallway to join the Ottawa Senators, nor did he pack his bag to head to the Montreal Canadiens, New York..." March 02

  • Kings working on potential Iginla deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jarome Iginla‘s time with the Colorado Avalanche could be on the verge of coming to an end, and it could lead to a reunion with one of his former coaches, Darryl Sutter. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Los Angeles Kings are showing interest in the veteran forward and that Iginla — whose..." March 01