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Matt Duchene throws Ryan O’Reilly a backhanded compliment

The Ryan O’Reilly/Colorado Avalanche contract negotiations were a slog. There’s no other way to say it. He was finally traded to the Buffalo Sabres this past off season to end that difficult chapter for the Avalanche. Mike Chambers of the Denver Post talked to O’Reilly’s former teammate Matt Duchene on the matter, and Duchene kept largely to the hockey code of talking in...
Via Puck Drunk Love
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former voice of the Colorado Avalanche doesn’t think they are a playoff team

Norm Jones, the former radio voice of the Colorado Avalanche, joined Gil Whiteley and he didn’t pull any pushes when it came to Colorado’s playoff chances. “They’re probably the last place team, at least these are the predictions, the last place team in the Central Division. They’re not a playoff team”, Jones said. Colorado’s biggest problem early in the preseason...
Via Mile High Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche season preview: The Central Division's too strong for the Avs

Plus: The Colorado Avalanche have a potent mix of forwards that can put the puck in the net. The Avalanche were the only team in the NHL last season that hosted five forwards with 50 or more points. One of those forwards, Ryan O’Reilly, was shipped to the Buffalo Sabres in a five-player trade this offseason. Nikita Zadorov came to Colorado in that deal, and he gives the Avalanche...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy has high praise for Calvin Pickard

Last season Calvin Pickard won the hearts of Colorado Avalanche fans. During his late season call up he played in 16 games, posting a team-leading 2.55 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Although his record was sub-.500 (6-7) fans could see the future was bright for rookie. When training camp started, there was plenty of buzz surrounding the competition for the backup...
Via Mile High Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Colorado Avalanche too low in Fox’s NHL power rankings?

The Colorado Avalanche got no love from the folks at Fox. In their initial NHL power rankings Colorado is sitting at No. 23. Having finished last in the Central Division this might be expected but Joe Sakic has done a great job this offseason addressing the team’s needs. Colorado signed veteren defensemen Francois Beauchemin to anchor the blue line and moved Ryan O’Reilly for...
Via Mile High Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche roster moves turn up pressure on remaining roster battles

  The Colorado Avalanche made their latest round of roster reductions today, sending seven players to their next destinations. Andrew Aggozino, Chris Bigras, Joey Hishon, Andreas Martinsen, Maxim Noreau, and Calvin Pickard were all re-assigned to San Antonio of the American Hockey League (AHL). Conner Bleackley was sent to his junior team, the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey...
Via BSN Denver
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Roundtable: How will new overtime rules impact the Avalanche?

    The Avalanche have been the most successful shootout team in the NHL since its inception. Will they be equally dangerous in the 3-on-3 overtime?   Austin: The Avalanche are 63-35 since the NHL adopted the shootout, so they are going to have to be lights out in 3-on-3 hockey if they want to match that 64% all-time win rate. Despite the lofty standard, I believe they have...
Via BSN Denver
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: Tough Decisions Looming For Patrick Roy if He Wants His Avs to Play Fast

  During his first two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, Patrick Roy has grown fond of several hard-nosed hockey players who have utilized workmanlike hockey to earn NHL roster spots. They are the type of guys that were the backbone of the NHL in years past. Players with grit. Players who pay the price. Players who lack the high end skill to get the job done with dazzling stick...
Via BSN Denver
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon Work The Tim Horton’s Drive Thru

Tim Horton’s, the Canadian doughnut institution, unveiled a new ad campaign with Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche. The two players decide to try their hand at working the drive thru at a Tim Horton’s establishment. There are a whole series of them that you can find here, but I’ll give you my favorite of the bunch: In many of the ads...
Via Food and Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Central Division Preview- Colorado Avalanche

By @GreekGoalie35 If there’s any team that’s displayed a bigger roller coaster over a period of three seasons more than the Avalanche, I’d like to be see it. Colorado began this ride by finishing dead last in the conference in the lockout-shortened 2013 season. That summer, they won the lottery and drafted Halifax Moosehead dynamo Nathan MacKinnon with the 1st ...
Via Predneck Nation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Erik Johnson extension a breath of fresh air for the Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche signed Erik Johnson, the longest-tenured defenseman on the team, to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension that kicks in next year. That will make Johnson the highest-paid player on the Avalanche next season, tied with Matt Duchene, and will make him 11th-highest cap hit among defensemen across the league. "Erik is a big part of the core of this team...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche, Erik Johnson agree to 7-year contract extension

  The Colorado Avalanche have locked up Erik Johnson through the 2022-23 season, signing the defenseman to a seven-year contract extension Tuesday. Johnson scored a career-high 12 goals last season before missing the final 34 games with a knee injury. He also made his first NHL All-Star team but couldn't play due to the injury. General manager Joe Sakic says the 27-year-old is a...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: Colorado Avalanche

Last Season: 39-31-12, last in Central DivisionCoach: Patrick Roy (91-23-20, third year)Key Departures: F Ryan O'Reilly, F Daniel BriereKey Additions: D Francois Beauchemin, F Carl Soderberg, F Blake Comeau, F Mikhail GrigorenkoKey Player: F Nathan MacKinnonTwenty-year-old MacKinnon will look to return to his rookie form after a bit of a sophomore slump last season. The...
Via The Sports Quotient
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Briere retires after 17-year NHL career

Danny Briere’s long and productive NHL career has come to an end. The 37-year-old forward announced his retirement Monday after 17 seasons in the NHL. He played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche. “After taking a few weeks to think about it, it’s time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home...
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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