Avalanche Rumors & News

  • MacKinnon, Palat, Johnson finalists for Calder Trophy

    CBSSports.com "On Wednesday the NHL named the three finalists for the Calder Trophy and two of them come from the same team. The Calder, which is given "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition," will be handed out to one of these three: Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado..." April 23

  • Bettman: Salary cap now estimated in $69 million-$70 million range

    CBSSports.com "The Stanley Cup playoffs have only just begun but it's never too early to look forward to next season, particularly for those teams who are already done and can do nothing but figure out how to get better. Essential to the offseason planning is knowing what the salary cap will be next season so..." April 23

  • Avalanche's Tyson Barrie out four to six weeks, injured by knee from Wild's Matt Cooke

    Denver Post "With Tyson Barrie expected to miss four to six weeks with a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee, the question becomes: Who replaces him in the Avalanche lineup? Coach Patrick Roy said after Monday's 1-0 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild in Game 3 that he will take the next two..." April 22

  • Marleau, O'Reilly, St. Louis voted Lady Byng finalists

    NHL.com "Forwards Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks, Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche and Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly..." April 22

  • Granlund lifts Wild past Avs in OT

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It took 65-plus excruciating, tension-filled, heart-palpitating, nail-biting minutes, but the Wild finally beat Semyon Varlamov. The Vezina Trophy contender brought his “A” game into Xcel Energy Center for Game 3 on Monday night, but so did Mikael Granlund. Finally, on the franchise..." April 22

  • Avalanche's Barrie injured, will not return

    NHL.com "Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie was injured early in the second period of Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Monday night. Barrie and Wild forward Matt Cooke made knee-to-knee contact near the blue line in..." April 21

  • Matt Duchene travels with Avalanche to Minnesota, could begin skating Monday

    Denver Post "Holding a 2-0 first-round series lead over Minnesota, the Avalanche didn't practice Sunday before convening at a private air terminal near Denver International Airport to catch a flight to the Twin Cities area. Among the traveling party were forwards Matt Duchene and John Mitchell, neither of..." April 21

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    Mike Chambers @MikeChambers

    It's Darcy Kuemper 4SURE in #mnwild nets tonight against #Avs for Game 3 in St. Paul

  • Avs' Stastny goes from trade bait to essential

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As the NHL trading deadline neared six weeks ago, Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny was getting anxious. There were rumors the team was looking to move him, but he wanted to stay. So on March 5, with the 3 p.m. Eastern time deadline approaching and the team in Detroit, Stastny attended..." April 21

  • Semyon Varlamov rock solid in goal for Avs

    Denver Post "Semyon Varlamov, Patrick's wall, smothered the screened shot, and on the Pepsi Center scoreboard, which is the size of Arvada, the camera zoomed in on Varly's steely blue eyes. They pierced through his facemask. They froze for a couple seconds, and yeah, this scoreboard makes even eyeballs the..." April 20

  • Roenick says MacKinnon is more dominant at 18 than Crosby was

    Pro Hockey Talk "When any player scores six points in two playoff games (and three in each respective contest), people get excited. When that guy is 18 years old and those two postseason contests rank as his first two games, the praise gets downright bold. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that Colorado..." April 20

  • MacKinnon is tying/breaking records with hot start

    Pro Hockey Talk "Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has participated in just two playoff games, but he’s already redefining what an 18-year-old is capable of doing in this league. He led Colorado to a 4-2 victory over Minnesota last night by becoming the third player in NHL history to post a four-point..." April 20

  • Wild focus on handling Avs’ speed

    Pro Hockey Talk "For casual observers, the Minnesota Wild’s checklist might boil down to “stopping Nathan MacKinnon.” After falling behind 2-0 in their first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche, the Wild pointed to a broader goal: to find a way to slow down the Avalanche. Both Norris-level defenseman..." April 20

  • Nathan MacKinnon leads Avalanche past Wild for 2-0 series lead

    Denver Post "Nathan's famous. As NHL goalie Roberto Luongo tweeted Saturday night, Nathan MacKinnon is in "arcade mode" for the Avalanche. The Avs' 18-year old rookie was trending nationally on Twitter by the end of the second period of Game 2 of the Avs' first-round playoff series against Minnesota. Six..." April 20

  • Avs' Matt Duchene unlikely to return for first-round series

    CBSSports.com "The Colorado Avalanche may have gotten by the Minnesota Wild in dramatic fashion in Game 1, but it sure would be nice for them to have leading scorer Matt Duchene back. That probably won't happen in the first round series according to head coach Patrick Roy. Duchene has been out since suffering..." April 20

  • MacKinnon takes first Stanley Cup Playoffs in stride

    NHL.com "Patrick Roy has been watching the Nathan MacKinnon show for three years, two in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and as Colorado Avalanche coach since training camp, and it never gets old. "I've been impressed with him from the first time I saw him play a game," Roy said Friday. "From..." April 19

  • Yeo argues Wild need to be more physical with rookie MacKinnon

    Pro Hockey Talk "Rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon didn’t wilt under the pressure of making his postseason debut. The 18-year-old forward had three assists to help Colorado earn a 5-4 overtime win over Minnesota on Thursday. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed by Wild coach Mike Yeo, who wants to see his team make an..." April 19

  • Paul Stastny OT goal gives Colorado Avalanche victory over Minnesota Wild in Game 1

    Denver Post "The #WhyNotUs Avalanche seemed to be headed toward a #BecauseThat'sWhy answer from the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Thursday night. A team that appeared nervous much of the night in a favored, home-ice role against the Wild regrouped to pull..." April 18

  • Pro Sports Daily's 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16

  • Florida wins ’14 NHL draft lottery, will pick first overall

    Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16

  • Sabres, Panthers have best odds for 2014 NHL draft lottery

    Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15

  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds: Bruins favored to win Cup

    CBSSports.com "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin Wednesday, Bovada revealed their odds for the postseason. The Boston Bruins, winner of the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champ and last year's Stanley Cup runner up, is the favorite to claim the top prize at the end of the..." April 14

  • A pair of legends celebrate together in Ducks' 3-2 win

    Los Angeles Times "In a regular season when so much has gone right for the Ducks, Teemu Selanne closed it perfectly Sunday by tugging a fellow Anaheim legend onto the ice for a final skate and embrace in front of an adoring sellout crowd. The Ducks (54-20-8) produced their NHL-best 26th comeback victory with a..." April 14

  • Amid injury concerns, Avs recall Elliott

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Colorado Avalanche are finishing the season strong, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to the injury concerns affecting other contenders. The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater reports that the team recalled defenseman Stefan Elliott in light of injuries to fellow blueliner Tyson Barrie and forward..." April 13

  • Havlat, Sharks bury Avalanche 5-1

    CSN Bay Area "Yanked from the lineup on Wednesday in Anaheim in the biggest game of the season, Marty Havlat returned to tally three goals and one assist in the Sharks’ 5-1 win over Colorado on Friday night at SAP Center. The Sharks, locked into the second seed in the Pacific Division regardless of the..." April 12

  • Avs clip Canucks to secure home-ice advantage for 1st round of playoffs

    Denver Post "Having already clinched the playoffs well before its 80th regular-season game Thursday night, the Avalanche learned 20 minutes into its game at Vancouver that beating the Canucks would be a big deal. Big deal, as in looking at raising a banner to the rafters in Denver — in addition to holding..." April 11

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    Jeff Paterson @patersonjeff

    Roy: PA Parenteau will not play for Avs tonight, but will return from knee injury tomorrow vs SJS #NHL

  • Avalanche publicly tones down David Backes-Nathan MacKinnon incident

    Denver Post "Our online story from Tuesday’s morning skate at Rexall Place looks at Avalanche coach Patrick Roy going with Jean-Sebastien Giguere against the Oilers and the status of injured forwards P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod. You don’t have to click there to know Roy is using the same lineup from..." April 09

  • Avs win at Edmonton, just two points out of first in Central Division

    Denver Post "Minus four every-night forwards for the fourth consecutive game Tuesday night, the Avalanche impressively added on to its season-best points streak at Rexall Place. Seven straight turned into eight (7-0-1) against the Oilers in Edmonton, which couldn't handle Colorado's speed or skill as the..." April 09

  • Penguins beat Avalanche in shootout, 3-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "There have been quite a few times lately when the Penguins really haven’t looked like themselves. Sunday night, they had a pretty good excuse for it. And they didn’t even need to use it. So never mind that the two points the Penguins earned in a 3-2 shootout victory against Colorado at..." April 07

  • Avs win 50th of the season with victory over Blues

    Denver Post "The Avalanche won its 50th game of the season Saturday in crushing the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues 4-0 on their home ice. The Blues were plenty frustrated by it, too, and got a pound of flesh at the end when Blues forward David Backes jumped on top of Avs star rookie Nathan..." April 06

  • Two NHL coach of the year candidates match wits today

    USA Today "Two of the top Jack Adams Award candidates will be facing each other this afternoon when the Colorado Avalanche visit the St. Louis Blues. We handicap our favorites to win coach of the year: 1. Patrick Roy (Colorado) The Avalanche were the Western Conference’s worst team last season, and..." April 05

  • Avs' Roy pushes Semyon Varlamov for Hart Trophy consideration

    CBSSports.com "This is the time of year where teams start stumping for their guys to win this award or that in the NHL. The individual awards are given out based on regular-season performance, so hitting the Pro Hockey Writers' Association and other various voting bodies for select awards with some facts is..." April 05

  • Tyson Barrie ties it, then wins it for Avs in shootout over Rangers

    Denver Post "At one point this season, he was an afterthought to Avs coach Patrick Roy. He wore the uniform of the Lake Erie Monsters for a time with no guarantee of getting out of the minors. Tyson Barrie is now one of Roy's first options when looking for a clutch goal, and Thursday night Barrie came through..." April 04

  • Avs rally late, then win in OT over Blue Jackets

    Denver Post ""Finding a way" has coincided with the Avalanche's opening-night motto "Why not us" all season, and Tuesday night the Avs fought hard enough to earn two points at Nationwide Arena. A fluke third-period goal by Brad Malone and a real nice one by captain Gabe Landeskog erased Columbus' two-goal..." April 02

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    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    INJURY UPDATE: Matt Duchene (knee) will be out roughly four weeks.

  • Young forward Gabe Landeskog fueling Avalanche's stunning turnaround

    Denver Post "Trends on Twitter have a limited shelf life. Trending nicknames, however, can last a lifetime, and #Mandeskog could be as in sync in Colorado hockey circles as St. Patrick, Super Joe and Peter the Great. Avalanche left wing Gabe Landeskog, the youngest team captain in NHL history, is building a..." March 30

  • Ryan O’Reilly’s penalty-free season is no more

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan O’Reilly no longer has a clean penalty record this season. On Saturday night during the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks, O’Reilly picked up his first minor penalty of the season. After playing in 71 consecutive penalty-free games, he was sent off on a minor..." March 30

  • Colorado Avs clinch playoff berth, but Matt Duchene hurts knee against Sharks

    Denver Post "Patrick Roy's somber postgame mood Saturday afternoon wasn't meant to downplay what the Avalanche had just accomplished. With Semyon Varlamov making 47 saves in a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks, the Avalanche clinched a playoff berth, reached a startling 100 points and took over second place..." March 30

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    Adrian Dater @adater

    Bad news from Avs: Duchene has a knee injury, won't return

  • Hockey shot-protection gear struggles to secure acceptance among NHL players

    Edmonton Journal "Matt Hendricks pointed to the interior of his right foot, where he had once been struck by a puck that left him with a broken bone, and declared: “two screws.” There have been other cracks caused by unyielding pucks, continued the Edmonton Oilers gritty winger during a discussion about exterior..." March 28

  • Avs win a fun game over the Canucks in OT

    Mile High Hockey "Well, that was an up-and-down game. It was a very odd feeling match, but the Avs managed to pull out the 3-2 OT win. The Canucks came into tonight on the second half of a back-to-back, so I was expecting to see a tired team, but they had a lot of jump for their style of play. We also had to..." March 28

  • Landeskog leads Avalanche to high-scoring win at Nashville

    Denver Post "Five players combined for eight goals Tuesday night in a double-troubling game for goaltenders at Bridgestone Arena. The Avalanche's execution was poor at times, but the result was perfect. Colorado emerged victorious over Nashville 5-4 in a shootout. The likely playoff-bound Avs (45-21-6) got..." March 26

  • Jean-Sebastien Giguere leaning toward retirement after season

    Denver Post "These are the final days for Jean-Sebastien Giguere in an Avalanche uniform and, quite possibly, in any NHL uniform. The Avs have informed the 36-year-old goalie he's not in their plans for next season, preferring that Swiss rookie Reto Berra serve as the backup to Semyon Varlamov in the near..." March 23

  • Avs F Nathan MacKinnon's rookie campaign turning into special one

    CBSSports.com "Had Nathan MacKinnon been born a mere 15 days later in September 1995, he would likely be playing in Halifax this year, tearing up the QMJHL for a third straight season, biding his time before his name could be called in the NHL Draft. Fifteen days later and Nathan MacKinnon would not have been..." March 22

  • Bruins clinch playoff spot with win over Avalanche

    WEEI Boston "The Bruins became the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot, as Chad Johnson picked up a hard-earned shutout with a 2-0 victory over the Avalanche. The win was Boston’s 11th straight, while it was the team’s seventh straight playoff berth. The win streak is Boston’s third-longest, as..." March 22

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    Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche

    Roy: Paul Stastny will play. John Mitchell (back) is day-to-day & won't play tonight.

  • Jets defeat Avalanche 5-4 in OT

    Winnipeg Free Press "They’d denied following their morning skate earlier it was a must-win. But nobody was denying it Wednesday night. With their backs to the wall, the Winnipeg Jets kept their slim playoff hopes on life-support at the MTS Centre Wednesday night as winger Blake Wheeler got his first goal in 10..." March 20

  • Avalanche center John Mitchell gets X-rays on his back

    Denver Post "Avalanche center John Mitchell was taken to a hospital Tuesday night for X-rays on his back after a scary collision into the boards. Mitchell was hurt after losing an edge on his skates while trying to check Montreal's Lars Eller. Mitchell slid back-first into the end boards and was down for a..." March 19

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    Adrian Dater @adater

    Stastny won't play tonight either, but not a big deal. No setback. Should be in lineup Friday