Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Budaj helps Kings top Avalanche to snap 3-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Peter Budaj has found a groove again -- and some luck. Budaj stopped 24 shots and got some fortunate bounces against his former team as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Tuesday night. Tyler Toffoli and Trevor Lewis had goals to help Budaj win for the..." February 22

  • Avs' Zadorov out for season after suffering ankle fracture at practice

    Denver Post "On the Avalanche’s last drill Monday, and on the same day top defenseman Erik Johnson resumed practicing with the team, young defenseman Nikita Zadorov became tangled with forward Mikko Rantanen, fell to the ice and required assistance to get to the trainers’ room because of a leg injury. Hours..." February 21

  • Drouin's OT goal lifts Lightning over Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Jonathan Drouin was nearly out of gas, but he found enough in his tank to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a big win. Drouin scored unassisted at 2:27 of overtime, and the Lightning beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Sunday night. Ben Bishop made 27 saves, Brayden Point and..." February 20

  • Let’s rave about Rantanen

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even with a 2-1 OT win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, the Colorado Avalanche remain easily the worst team in the NHL. They have 34 standings point while only one team (the unevenly tanking Coyotes) is even under 50 with 47. Their -77 goal differential is worse than the next two..." February 18

  • Avs top 'Canes in OT to snap 5-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- With by far the NHL's worst record, the Colorado Avalanche have had few bright spots this season. Overtime has been one of them. Mikko Rantanen scored with 36.4 seconds left in overtime as the Avalanche snapped their five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the..." February 17

  • Avs should trade Nathan MacKinnon

    BNS Denver "Would it be the worst thing in the world if the Avs traded Nathan MacKinnon? If you just fainted and fell back in your chair, I apologize. The Avs are rumored to be trying to move Matt Duchene and Gabe Landeskog. That’s fine. But the asking price is reportedly very high, which is also fine...." February 17

  • Avs expect Varlamov will ‘be fully healthy next year’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Almost lost in their disastrous campaign is the fact that, in late January, the Avs shut down No. 1 netminder Semyon Varlamov so he could have season-ending groin surgery. To hear GM Joe Sakic explain it, the move was designed so Varlamov could get a head start on next season. “I expect him..." February 16

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic continues to listen to offers as trade deadline approaches

    Denver Post "As Joe Sakic spoke during Avalanche practice in the KeyBank Center Wednesday afternoon, two weeks remained until the NHL trading deadline. The Avalanche general manager predictably was coy about what he might do up until 1 p.m. on March 1, but also made it clear that the one certainty is that..." February 16

  • Jarome Iginla is eyeing a trade to a contender -- but his cap hit could be a hindrance

    ESPN "Who doesn’t want to see Jarome Iginla escape the Colorado Avalanche and get another playoff run under his belt before he retires? The 39-year-old winger has publicly stated his desire to join a playoff team if at all possible. Could a reunion with his former Calgary Flames coach/GM Darryl..." February 15

  • Possible Islanders Trade Packages for Duchene

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche have a decision this trade deadline — whether or not they trade former first-round pick Matt Duchene. The New York Islanders have an even more important decision: do they trade away pieces of their valued defensive core and youth in order to get him? The Isles have one of..." February 14

  • Devils grab 3-2 win over Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- Since the end of November, the New Jersey Devils have more losses than wins. They are hardly in a position to take anyone lightly, even the lowly Colorado Avalanche with a starting goaltender making his NHL debut. If the Devils are to stay in the playoff hunt, they need to..." February 14

  • More teams than we know want Duchene and Landeskog

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL trade deadline is two weeks away, and Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog continue to attract interest across the league. Hockey Insider Elliotte Friedman was part of an NHL Network panel discussion Monday, and was quizzed about the potential asking price for one of those..." February 14

  • 4 Avs Vegas Fans Should Be Watching

    The Hockey Writers "The Avalanche haven’t been much to watch this season, even for the most diehard Colorado fans. A two hour flight from Denver however, and you’ll find a fan base that’s very interested in what is going on with the worst team in the National Hockey League. Vegas Golden Knights faithful should be..." February 14

  • Current Avs-Sens trade scenario 'wouldn’t make sense' for Ottawa: Dorion

    Ottawa Sun "Don’t go out and purchase a Matt Duchene jersey if you’re an Ottawa Senators fan. Senators GM Pierre Dorion, speaking on TSN 1200 after the club’s skate at the Canadian Tire Centre Monday, confirmed he has held talks with Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic about a possible trade but indicated a..." February 14

  • Isles pull away from Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- In a span of 12 weeks, the New York Islanders have gone from the worst team in the NHL to a playoff contender, doing what it has to do in beating up on the worst team in the NHL. Anders Lee scored a pair of third period goals Sunday as the Islanders continued their recent surge..." February 12

  • Canes eyeing Duchene?

    TSN "An unlikely candidate may be emerging in the trade rumours swirling around Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reported that according to league executives, the Carolina Hurricanes may be making the hardest push for the Avs' forward. However, any package for..." February 12

  • Pittsburgh Penguins rumoured to have interest in acquiring Matt Duchene

    HockeyBuzz "Tonight during the Sportsnet broadcast the Headlines panel talked about Matt Duchene as a trade target. That really isn't surprising. There has been a lot of buzz around the possibility of a Duchene trade. Things got interesting when the panel linked Pittsburgh to Matt Duchene. You may be..." February 12

  • Lundqvist earns 400th win as Rangers defeat Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK, NY -- Henrik Lundqvist became just the 12th goaltender to win 400 career games in the National Hockey League Saturday as the New York Rangers rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in front of a celebratory crowd at Madison Square Garden. "I'm proud, for sure, but I..." February 11

  • Hornqvist, Murray power Penguins past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Sidney Crosby didn't get the two points he needed but his team picked up a valuable pair despite an off night. Patric Hornqvist scored two goals, Matthew Murray had 27 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Thursday night. Crosby had chances but..." February 10

  • With playoff hopes gone, Avalanche has a new goal

    Denver Post "Avalanche players realize they have virtually no chance of making the playoffs with this team, thus the every-day goal is not the postseason. Instead, it’s to feel good about themselves. A two-game winning streak that started Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Winnipeg and then continued..." February 10

  • Rantanen's hat trick lifts Avalanche past Canadiens

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche skated off the Bell Center ice in Montreal at the lowest point in a season full of futility. The 10-1 loss to the Canadiens on Dec. 10 turned into motivation for the rematch in Denver, and Mikko Rantanen made sure the Avalanche had a different ending...." February 08

  • NHL Players To Rate Ice Conditions

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL is finally doing something to remedy the increased complaints of bad ice surfaces around the league. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA are creating a subcommittee to monitor and address poor ice issues. The subcommittee—called the Playing Environment..." February 07

  • NHL trade deadline 2017: Top 10 players who could be on the move

    USA Today "The most talked-about player in the NHL trade market isn’t the most likely to be dealt before the March 1 deadline. Several teams want Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, but piecing together an in-season deal could be too complicated. Some Duchene suitors are playoff teams, and meeting the..." February 07

  • Expansion draft plays into trade-deadline deals for Avalanche

    Denver Post "What happens in Las Vegas on June 20 ties into what might happen before the NHL’s trade deadline March 1. Make no mistake, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights could dramatically dictate how trades play out this month, and in Colorado, the cellar-dwelling Avalanche must be careful how it rebuilds..." February 05

  • Impending demolition weighing on Avs' core

    TSN "Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday, making it eight long weeks until spring for the Colorado Avalanche ¬- or the merciful end of their season. Just about every day has felt like Groundhog Day in Denver, where this season has swirled into one of the worst in NHL history. Only..." February 05

  • Iginla, Avalanche beat Jets for rare home win

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Jarome Iginla has made no secret of his desire to chase a Stanley Cup this season. With the trading deadline less than a month away, the 39-year-old veteran made a case for a contender to add him for a playoff run in the spring. Iginla had a goal and an assist, Matt Nieto scored..." February 04

  • NHL close to finalizing games in Sweden, China

    Sportsnet "The NHL is close to finalizing talks with the players’ association that would bring games to Sweden and China next season, according to ESPN’s Scott Burnside. If approved, Stockholm, Sweden would play host to the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche for two regular-season games in November,..." February 04

  • Pierre Lacroix interested in Avalanche return

    Bleacher Report "The Colorado Avalanche have turned into the NHL's laughingstock, a once-proud franchise that is 4-22-1 in its last 27 games, a team openly advertising some of its remaining top players on the trade market. At 13-33-2, the Avs have the NHL's worst record, by a wide margin. They are in desperate..." February 03

  • Budaj, Kings shut out Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- With an upcoming four-game road trip, the Los Angeles Kings believed it was crucial to start well after the All-Star break. Mission accomplished the past two nights. Jeff Carter scored twice and goalie Peter Budaj recorded his sixth shutout as the Kings crushed the..." February 02

  • ‘Fragile’ Colorado Avalanche face crucial NHL trade deadline

    Sportsnet "Barring an unforeseen change of plans, there is no lifeboat coming for Nathan MacKinnon. The 21-year-old forward is strapped to the Good Ship Avalanche and the vessel is taking on water at a furious pace. He will see teammates and friends abandon ship these next few weeks – Jarome Iginla,..." February 02

  • Colorado Avalanche claim Mark Barberio

    Fanrag Sports "The Montreal Canadiens cleared up more room on their blue line on Wednesday morning when they waived defenseman Mark Barberio – but instead of heading to the minors, he’ll be heading out of the organization altogether. It was confirmed on Thursday at noon that Barberio, who has been skating..." February 02

  • Iginla would like to ‘go somewhere’ at the trade deadline

    Sportsnet "Jarome Iginla may not be long for Colorado. In an interview with Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy blog, Iginla said quite frankly that he wants to get dealt to a playoff contender at the March 1 deadline. “I would like to, at the deadline, go somewhere,” Iginla said. “I would like to be in the..." February 02

  • Ducks send Avalanche to eighth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jakob Silfverberg's return from a head injury provided immediate dividends for the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Silfverberg had two goals and an assist to lead the Ducks' 5-1 rout of the Colorado Avalanche at the Honda Center. "He's huge for us," Anaheim..." February 01

  • NHL players called ‘puppets’ in major lawsuit

    Detroit News "Court documents unsealed in Minnesota reveal the NHL calling former players who filed a lawsuit over concussion claims “mere puppets” of a public-relations company when they provided statements to the media about the case, TSN reported Tuesday. In seeking access to correspondence between the..." February 01

  • 2017 All Star Game earns highest overnight rating since 2004

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL All Star Game is a constant source of debate. Some fans love it, others hate it – and yet more think it’s a dying source of entertainment. If the NBC overnight ratings hold any weight, though, it’s possible that the declining interest may not be as true as fans think: According to..." January 30

  • NHL Stars Support Going To Olympics In 2018

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Alexander Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews, and Sidney Crosby all agree. The NHL should go to the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018. Now it’s just up to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and IOC President Rene Fasel to hammer out a deal. Toews told TSN’s Frank Seravalli “quite frankly, to..." January 30

  • Bettman argues that Olympic participation hurts NHL product

    Pro Hockey Talk "Gary Bettman reiterated his criticism of the International Olympic Committee today, as prospects of a deal to send NHLers to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remain in doubt. In an interview with Sportsnet’s Ron MacLean, the commissioner also said that the NHL owes it to the fans to..." January 30

  • NHL appears unlikely to participate in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the NHL will participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the topic was discussed for “about 10 seconds” at the Board of Governors meeting Saturday, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters, “As of..." January 29

  • NHL All-Star Skills competition breakdown: Who’s competing in each event

    Sportsnet "The NHL has announced the all-star assignments for Saturday’s 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ in Los Angeles. The all-stars from the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions will compete against the Pacific and Central Divisions throughout the night for points in the overall..." January 28

  • In support of Mr. 101, who just missed the NHL’s all-time list

    Sportsnet "The 101st greatest NHL player to ever live got shafted Friday night in Los Angeles. Not only did he miss out on an opportunity to swap war stories with Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr and Red Kelly, mingle with Jaromir Jagr in a black-tie setting, and consume what we can only assume was some epic..." January 28

  • Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agree that Gordie Howe was the best NHL player ever

    Fox Sports "On Friday night in Los Angeles, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux sat on a platform just prior to the NHL100 presentation at All-Star Weekend — an event aiming to identify the best 100 players in the league’s 100-year history. While some may try to argue that any one of the three..." January 28

  • NHL brings hockey world together with top 100 players of all-time

    TSN "Jonathan Toews struggled to find the words. His search, moments after being named to the NHL’s list of 100 greatest players, was a genuine aw-shucks moment - not the humble hockey player shtick where he does anything to avoid talking about himself. Toews could not believe he was minted as..." January 28

  • Baertschi leads Canucks past Avs

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Sven Baertschi is starting to make scoring on the Colorado Avalanche a habit, and the Vancouver Canucks are enjoying the trend. Baertschi scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the Canucks beat the Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night. Markus..." January 26

  • How do you solve a problem like Semyon Varlamov?

    Denver Post "Calvin Pickard was back in the Avalanche net Wednesday night and made 38 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, with 21-year-old Spencer Martin backing him up after getting consecutive starts in the home-and-home set with the San Jose Sharks. It’s the final game for the Avalanche before..." January 26

  • Clarification Please: The NHL's offsides review still a work in progress

    Yardbarker "Welcome to Clarification Please, an ongoing series in which Yardbarker will take a look at rulings that have players, coaches and fans a bit puzzled. Whether it is regarding old "unwritten rules" or a new subsection IV schedule, these are some rules in which we would like to get more..." January 26

  • Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov will undergo season-ending surgery

    Denver Post "Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will undergo hip surgery in Vail Thursday, and his 2016-17 season is over. The operation is an attempt to eliminate the troublesome groin muscle issues that periodically have plagued Varlamov in recent years and made him unavailable to the Avalanche for several..." January 26

  • Avalanche center Matt Duchene “open” to trade that could move him out of last-place Colorado

    Denver Post "We watched Matt Duchene grow up in Colorado. Now it’s time to let him go. He joined the Avalanche as an immensely talented and admittedly naive 18-year-old center who unabashedly idolized Joe Sakic, the general manager now shopping Duchene as the Feb. 28 trade deadline approaches. As the..." January 26

  • Avs Changing Things Up For Second Half

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche is changing up the way it does things moving into the second half of the season. Now that the leisurely pace of the NHL schedule is behind the squad, the second half of the 2016-17 campaign features a break-neck sprint that essentially has the Avalanche playing a game..." January 26

  • Duchene ‘started laughing’ when people wondered if he’d been traded

    Denver Post "Avalanche center Matt Duchene, who missed Monday’s game against San Jose because of illness, was at the Pepsi Center Wednesday morning and said he will play against Vancouver. “I was just really sick,” Duchene said. Duchene added he also was ill for the Saturday game at San Jose against the..." January 25

  • Marleau (four goals) helps Sharks jolt Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "By Michael Kelly, The Sports Xchange DENVER -- Patrick Marleau entered the week seven goals shy of 500 with the hope of reaching the milestone before season's end. If the 19-year veteran was given another 20 minutes Monday, he might have reached the mark in one night. Marleau put..." January 24

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