Avalanche Rumors & News

  • Some NHL stars are packing less punch this season; why?

    USA Today "Jamie Benn, a scoring champion in 2014-15 and 41-goal scorer last season, has 11 goals in 43 games this season. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, averaging 28 goals per season in his career, has seven this season. Future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton has scored only three goals and each..." January 21

  • Avalanche crack; Ducks rally for 2-1 victory

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks survived a frustrating first period, an unusual delay and the loss of one of their key players to enhance their lead in the Pacific Division. Nick Ritchie scored with 2:02 to play as the Ducks rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on..." January 20

  • NHL announces details of the 2017 All-Star Skills Competition

    Sportsnet "The NHL All-Star skills competition is coming up in Los Angeles on Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET and on Thursday, the league announced details of the event. The following events will be part of this year’s skills competition: · Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™ · Honda NHL Four Line..." January 19

  • Blackhawks come back to beat Avs

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Joel Quenneville shook up his line combinations looking for a spark on offense. The Chicago Blackhawks coach got it, but not from the usual players. Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice in a span of 3:10 of the third period, and the Blackhawks rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4..." January 18

  • Colorado Avalanche shut down Semyon Varlamov through all-star break

    Sportsnet "When it rains, it pours. The Colorado Avalanche, currently last place in the NHL, will be without goaltender Semyon Varlamov at least through the all-star break at the end of January. Varlamov has a groin injury after allowing five goals on 26 shots against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday..." January 18

  • A statistical look at the 2016-17 Selke candidates

    Fanrag Sports "Halfway through the NHL season, it’s pretty obvious who some of the awards favorites are. Unless Auston Matthews falls off the face of the earth, he’s likely to be taking home the Calder Trophy in June. The same can be said of Brent Burns and the Norris Trophy, as he’s on pace to top Erik..." January 18

  • Landeskog has no desire to leave floundering Avs

    Denver Post "Gabe Landeskog is between a rock and the Avalanche locker room, a tough place to be these days. The captain for the NHL’s worst team is trying to lead a demoralized squad he may not play for much longer. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic has been open about considering trading virtually..." January 17

  • Nathan MacKinnon confirms he was briefly benched – and Avalanche center says he got the point

    Denver Post "Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon missed several shifts in the first half of the second period against Nashville Saturday at the Pepsi Center, and he acknowledged after practice Sunday that he wasn’t injured and had been benched by coach Jared Bednar. “I wasn’t playing that good and just needed..." January 16

  • Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson likely won’t return until at least mid-February

    Denver Post "The Avalanche’s only injured player remains defenseman Erik Johnson, who suffered a broken fibula Dec. 3. At the time, Colorado coach Jared Bednar said Johnson would be out six to eight weeks, but amended that recently to eight to 10 weeks. After the Thursday morning skate in advance of the..." January 14

  • Predators overcome travel woes to beat Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- A trade and travel trouble made for an eventful 24 hours for the Nashville Predators. They turned the whirlwind day into one of their most satisfying wins of the season. Filip Forsberg and Mike Fisher scored goals in the third period, Pekka Rinne had 28 saves and the..." January 14

  • Avalanche losing and all that goes with it are getting to Matt Duchene

    Denver Post "Matt Duchene was the last off the ice at Avalanche practice Friday. He lingered beyond the typical post-workout messing around for a lengthy chat with assistant coach Tim Army, Duchene’s confidant under three different head coaches. While Duchene always has been a rink rat, I’ve gotten the..." January 14

  • Fixing the Avs’ defense through trades will prove tough

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Colorado Avalanche are desperate to upgrade their defense. They aren’t alone. And that right there is why Joe Sakic’s got such a tough job ahead of him. Yes, he’s got some big chips to play in Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, but the price of top-4 defensemen has perhaps never been..." January 14

  • Rakell, Perry lead Ducks past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Anaheim Ducks were rolling without Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry scoring. Both of them joined the fun against the reeling Colorado Avalanche. Rakell had a goal and an assist, Perry scored for the first time in 14 games, and Anaheim beat the Avalanche 4-1 on Thursday..." January 13

  • Avalanche did McLeod 'favor' with trade to Nashville

    Denver Post "The Avalanche Friday morning traded its longest-tenured player, winger Cody McLeod, to the Nashville Predators for center Felix Girard. Girard, 22, is in his third season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL and will join the Avalanche’s affiliate in the same league, the San Antonio Rampage...." January 13

  • As Avalanche begin rebuilding, stars Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene could be on the table

    ESPN "The last-place Colorado Avalanche have made the organizational decision to re-boot their franchise, which is obviously why trade whispers involving the Avs making the rounds through the league. Colorado has begun the process of gauging the trade market to see what other teams are willing to..." January 13

  • Predators acquire forward Cody McLeod from Avalanche

    Tennessean "The Predators acquired veteran forward Cody McLeod in a trade with the Avalanche on Friday for forward prospect Felix Girard. McLeod, 32, had spent his entire 659-game NHL career in Colorado and was the team's longest-tenured player, scoring 117 points in 10 seasons. He's known for his..." January 13

  • NHL unveils jerseys for All-Star Game

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League's Centennial, the Los Angeles Kings' 50th anniversary, previous NHL All-Star Games and the Hollywood setting all influenced the design of the jerseys that will be worn during the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29. All..." January 11

  • Report: Teams are balking at Avs’ asking price for Landeskog

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Colorado Avalanche expect to move captain Gabriel Landeskog, they might have a better chance of doing so during the off-season. That’s one takeaway from an interesting edition of TSN’s Insider Trading on Tuesday. TSN’s Darren Dreger spells out the asking price for a trade in a more..." January 11

  • NHL announces 2017 All-Star rosters

    Sportsnet "The NHL released its 2017 All-Star Game rosters on Tuesday. A fan vote determined each division’s team captain, the results of which were released last week. The four head coaches for all-star weekend will be Michel Therrien of the Montreal Canadiens (Atlantic), Bruce Boudreau of the..." January 10

  • Friedman points out which NHL teams are hungry to make trades

    Fanrag Sports "Somebody. Anybody. Make some trades. Hockey fans are anxiously waiting for even a trickle of trade activity in the National Hockey League, but it’s been gravely disappointing on that front for awhile. “I have to tell you, I think there’s teams that really want to do something,” explained..." January 10

  • Avalanche pick up first home win since November

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche home locker room has been somber for nearly two months as the losses piled up. For the first time since Nov. 15, it was a place to celebrate. The Avalanche finally broke through at Pepsi Center. Nathan MacKinnon scored with 16.1 seconds left in overtime..." January 07

  • Joe Sakic says Mackinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost are safe from trades

    Denver Post "This isn’t an upset: Joe Sakic isn’t pleased. Not at all. Yet before the Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Nathan MacKinnon‘s 4-on-3 power-play goal with 16.1 seconds left in overtime Friday at the Pepsi Center and snapped losing streaks of 10 at home and five overall, Colorado’s..." January 07

  • Latest Colorado Trade Talk

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche have been in discussions with the Boston Bruins regarding left winger and captain Gabriel Landeskog, reports longtime Colorado writer Adrian Dater, currently with Bleacher Report (all links to Twitter). The Avs are in need of quality young defensemen and asked for rookie..." January 06

  • Backlund keeps streaking in Flames win vs. Avs

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- Mikael Backlund continued his torrid scoring streak at the expense of the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Backlund ran his goal-scoring streak to five straight games as the Flames downed the Avalanche 4-1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "When you get rewarded the..." January 05

  • Sakic has major challenge in trying to turn around Avalanche

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was a theory heading into the 2016-17 season that there wouldn’t be a truly terrible team in the NHL. It was a reasonable theory, given there wasn’t a draft-eligible player like Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews to be intentionally bad for. But that theory’s been blown out of the water..." January 05

  • Matt Nieto Claimed by Colorado After Sharks Put Him on Waivers

    NBC Bay Area "Matt Nieto has been claimed by the Colorado Avalanche, after he was placed on waivers by the Sharks on Wednesday. TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie originally reported the news, which was later confirmed by the Sharks. The Sharks expected Nieto to be claimed by another club. Colorado would have had..." January 05

  • One last Jarome Iginla move seems likely as Avalanche struggle

    The Globe and Mail "For the first 16 years of his distinguished career, it looked as if Jarome Iginla would spend its entirety with the Calgary Flames, the team that acquired his rights in a 1995 trade before he ever played an NHL game. Iginla became the face of the Flames franchise, and meant to Calgary what Daniel..." January 05

  • Jarome Iginla uncertain of future, trying to focus on ending Avs' slide

    Calgary Sun "He’s uncorked thousands of slapshots in this old haunt, cranked countless opponents and likely dripped enough sweat to fill Sikome Lake. Maybe twice. But this, Jarome Iginla’s 641st National Hockey League contest on Saddledome ice, could be his final game in the rink where he was a..." January 05

  • Baertschi's two goals carry Canucks to fourth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Being a healthy scratch 10 games ago created an attitude adjustment for Sven Baertschi. Baertschi scored his second goal on a power play late in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. It was..." January 03

  • Are the NHL outdoor games still must-see TV?

    Yardbarker "The plan here for New Year’s Day was about the same as it has been for the last couple of years: Curl up into a ball and watch the first of the NHL outdoor games until the NYE-induced champagne headache finally faded. A couple years ago, there was a sizable amount of people that did the exact..." January 03

  • Avalanche Prefer To Trade Duchene Over Landeskog

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s often said that NHL GMs are liable to throw an anvil to a struggling NHL team instead of a life preserver. Joe Sakic probably knows that better than anyone. The Colorado Avalanche GM is taking calls on several key players on his team, including Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Tyson..." January 03

  • Kreider's hat trick lifts Rangers over Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Henrik Lundqvist showed some rust in his first game back but by the end of the night, he was making highlight-reel saves and entering the record books. Chris Kreider had three goals for his first hat trick of the season, Henrik Lundqvist returned from a two-game absence for a..." January 01

  • Avalanche are ‘prepared to listen’ to offers on core players

    Sportsnet "The Colorado Avalanche are struggling and the vultures are circling. With the team in 30th place in the NHL, general managers are reportedly contacting Joe Sakic and the Avalanche with inquiries about how they plan to proceed with player personnel decisions. “A lot of teams are calling..." January 01

  • Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov making progress … slow progress, but progress nonetheless

    Denver Post "Avalanche coach Jared Bednar Friday said that goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who hasn’t been available since a Dec. 22 loss to Toronto because of groin muscle issues, is making progress toward a return. “We expect him back on the ice (with the team) in the next couple of days,” Bednar said after..." December 31

  • Seguin carries Stars past struggling Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Before Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars had been unable to string together three consecutive wins this season. However, thanks to six combined from Tyler Seguin (two goals, assist) and Jamie Benn (three assists), that futility is history, as the Stars..." December 30

  • Gaudreau, Backlund power Flames past Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Calgary Flames turned a quick business trip to Denver into a successful one. Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund had two goals and an assist apiece, and the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 Tuesday night. Kris Versteeg added a goal and an assist, and Sam Bennett..." December 28

  • Avalanche's Bednar after upset win: 'It's time to start building something'

    Denver Post "Holiday handshakes between coaches and players were exchanged Friday night inside the visiting locker room at the United Center, after the NHL’s worst team upset one of the league’s best in another strange twist for first-year Avalanche coach Jared Bednar. In its last game before the NHL’s..." December 25

  • Avs end skid with win in Chicago

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- On the night of Corey Crawford's big return, it was the backup goalie from the visiting, last-place team who got the win. Calvin Pickard, playing for the injured Semyon Varlamov, saved 38 shots in the Colorado Avalanche's 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Nathan..." December 24

  • Avalanche analyst compares team to overcooked salmon

    Awful Announcing "Sports analysts routinely use analogies to explain and describe how a team is performing to help relate the situation to ones fans may encounter in their everyday life. Sometimes those analogies get really weird and don’t really make much sense, as seen in this example from Colorado Avalanche..." December 24

  • Leafs clobber Avs, 6-0

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Frederik Andersen had 38 saves for his first shutout of the season, Nazem Kadri had two goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the reeling Colorado Avalanche 6-0 on Thursday night. James Van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist and rookie Auston Matthews stayed hot with a goal. He..." December 23

  • Patrick Roy has left building, and Avs exec Joe Sakic should be next out the door

    Denver Post "So when does Joe Sakic quit? He loves the Avalanche too much to let this go on. The worst team in the NHL suffered a complete meltdown Thursday night, losing 6-0 to Toronto. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating right now,” said Gabe Landeskog, captain of the NHL’s worst team...." December 23

  • Dubnyk, red-hot Wild shut out struggling Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Few NHL teams are playing as well as Minnesota the past few weeks. Few goaltenders are as hot as the Wild's Devan Dubnyk. Both the Wild and Dubnyk extended those trends Tuesday against Colorado, finally besting the Avalanche for the first time in three tries this season...." December 20

  • Ehlers breaks in Jets' win vs. Avs

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Patrik Laine knew Nikolaj Ehlers was about to break out of his slump, but it wasn't from anything the young Dane had been doing on the ice. The rookie Laine shrugged when asked about his linemate scoring a pair of goals -- his sixth and seventh of the season -- to lead..." December 18

  • Panthers pick up 3-1 win on the road

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Jaromir Jagr didn't have a point, but the Florida Panthers are heading home happy anyway. Jason Demers had a goal and an assist, James Reimer posted 30 saves and the Panthers beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Friday night. Reilly Smith had a short-handed goal early in the..." December 17

  • Flyers top Avs for 10th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Wayne Simmonds does plenty of damage with his stick, but he used his body to preserve a win after giving up his blade in a wild finish Wednesday. Roman Lyubimov and Brayden Schenn scored goals 1:46 apart early in the third period, and the Flyers survived a chaotic ending to beat..." December 15

  • Varlamov ‘day-to-day’ with groin injury; Avs recall Martin

    Pro Hockey Talk "Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar announced on Tuesday afternoon that goalie Semyon Varlamov is out on a “day-to-day” basis after tweaking his groin. With Varlamov sidelined, that means the Avalanche will have to recall goaltender Spencer Martin from the San Antonio Rampage of the American..." December 13

  • Team insider speculates on Edmonton Oilers trading for Jarome Iginla at deadline.

    Edmonton Journal "This in, Oilers announcer and insider Bob Stauffer speculating as he does on the radio about who the Oilers might trade and who they might acquire, with Stauffer’s speculative interest today focused on Jarome Iginla of the Colorado Avalanche. Said Stauffer: “In spite of the loss of Darnell..." December 13

  • Varlamov's 51-save effort leads Avs past Leafs

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Colorado Avalanche in general, and goaltender Semyon Varlamov in particular, experienced a weekend of extremes. Varlamov allowed six goals on 16 shots Saturday night in relief of Calvin Pickard in a blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens. He came back Sunday night and made 51..." December 11

  • Iginla on controversial Emelin hit: ‘Doesn’t matter if it was clean’

    Sportsnet "lex Emelin is known for his hard hits and especially for his hip checks, which can sometimes end up on the borderline of being too low and illegal. On Saturday night Emelin was again a focal point for a hard check he threw, this time on Colorado’s Joe Colborne. As the Avalanche player was..." December 11

  • Jarome Iginla may waive no-trade clause to take run at Stanley Cup

    Sportsnet "Jarome Iginla is playing in his 1,500th NHL game Saturday night, one he’ll probably want to forget as soon as possible, and although he’s a likely future Hall of Famer, Iginla has not won a Stanley Cup in his 20-year career. He’s in his third season with the Colorado Avalanche, and although..." December 11

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