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Colorado agrees to terms with Stefan Elliott | 07/17/2014 9:28 AM
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The Colorado Avalanche have signed Stefan Elliott to a one-year, two-way contract.
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Elliott had 14 goals and 28 points in 61 games last season. He'll earn $850,000 if he spends the entire campaign with the Avalanche.
Paul Carey signs two-way deal with Avs | 07/17/2014 9:27 AM
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Paul Carey has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
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Carey was kept off the scoresheet in 12 games with the Avalanche in 2013-14. He can earn up to $715,000 at the NHL level next season.
Colorado re-signs Karl Stollery | 07/17/2014 9:25 AM
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The Colorado Avalanche have signed Karl Stollery to a one-year, two-way deal.
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Stollery will come with a $605,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. He had seven goals and 30 points in 68 AHL games in 2013-14.
Semyon Varlamov suffers minor ankle injury | 07/15/2014 5:00 PM
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Semyon Varlamov has sustained what the Avalanche are calling a "very minor" ankle injury.
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This is just an FYI as Varlamov obviously has months to recover even if it turns out to be more serious. As it is, the Avalanche think Varlamov will be able to resume skating in the near future, so we aren't concerned.
Avs, O'Reilly likely to end up in arbitration | 07/10/2014 3:01 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche aren't likely to re-sign Ryan O'Reilly before his arbitration date of July 23.
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The two sides have been negotiating, but they seem to be at an impasse. If the Avalanche can't get O'Reilly to agree to a long-term contract, then it wouldn't be surprising to see them trade him rather than risk losing him for nothing when he finally becomes an unrestricted free agent.
O'Reilly's arb hearing will be on July 23 | 07/09/2014 4:07 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O'Reilly's arbitration hearing has been penciled in for July 23.
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That's one of the earliest possible arbitration dates, so obviously the Avalanche and O'Reilly need to move quickly if they want to avoid the hearing. The team elected for arbitration in an attempt to pay him less than the $6.5 million he earned in 2013-14. They might succeed in that goal, although given their history of contract negotiations with O'Reilly, it would be surprising if he gave them any kind of hometown discount once he's finally eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Avalanche sign Maxim Noreau from Swiss league | 07/08/2014 9:19 AM
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The Colorado Avalanche have signed Maxim Noreau to a two-year, $1.25 million contract.
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Noreau had eight goals and 24 points in 35 Swiss league games last season. The 27-year-old's previous attempt to make it in the NHL ended three years ago. He only ended up participating in six NHL games, but he was an effective offensive defenseman at the AHL level.
Avs might have taken lessons from Stastny | 07/07/2014 9:31 AM
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Watching Paul Stastny walk away might influence how Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic and head coach Patrick Roy handle the Ryan O'Reilly situation.
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The team elected for salary arbitration with O'Reilly, so the team is in control when it comes to whether or not they want him back for 2014-15. That being said, it won't be long before O'Reilly's an unrestricted free agent and given their negotiating history with him, it's unlikely that O'Reilly will give them a hometown discount when the time comes. The Avalanche might opt to trade him before it reaches that point rather than risk getting now in return, as was the case when Stastny walked.
Iginla hopes to finally win Cup with Avs | 07/06/2014 9:12 AM
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Jarome Iginla is hoping that there proves to be some parallels between his and Ray Bourque's career.
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Bourque had a tremendous career with Boston, but it wasn't until he joined the Avalanche at the tail end of his career that he finally managed to win the Stanley Cup. Iginla was similarly on course to make it into the Hall of Fame during his days with the Calgary Flames, but he still hasn't won the Stanley Cup. He's optimistic about his chances of winning it all with the Avalanche.
Avalanche turn focus to Ryan O'Reilly | 07/04/2014 9:03 AM
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With the free agent market dying down, the Colorado Avalanche can refocus on Ryan O'Reilly.
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Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic said that they want O'Reilly to stay in Colorado for a "long time," but signing him to a long-term contract might be tricky. As things are, the team has filed for arbitration to try and force the restricted free agent to take less than the $6.5 million he earned in 2013-14. We don't expect this matter to be resolved in the near future.
Sakic helped lure Jarome Iginla to Colorado | 07/02/2014 9:03 AM
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Jarome Iginla signed with Colorado in part because he liked the idea of playing for executive vice president Joe Sakic.
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Iginla and Sakic played together on Team Canada on multiple occasions. "I have a lot of respect for Joe. He's a winner," Iginla said. "So it definitely had a lot to do (with my decision). It's (also) the team, a great young team, playing against them, watching them, seeing the players they have, the goaltending they have, seeing the direction they're going, my buddy Alex Tanguay. ... I talked to him and Landeskog a few days ago, and (coach) Patrick Roy, so all that went into it." Iginla had 30 goals and 61 points in 78 contests with Boston in 2013-14.
Iginla didn't fit into the Bruins' budget | 07/02/2014 8:24 AM
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The Boston Bruins weren't willing to trade off players in order to free the cap space necessary to re-sign Jarome Iginla.
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"We tried to work on it right from when the season's stopped, and we knew there would be challenges. At the end of the day, I really wanted to try and keep most of this group together, and I wouldn't have been able to do that to sign Jarome [Iginla]," said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. "Those are hard decisions that sometimes you have when you are cap challenged, but I kind of like where we are." Iginla signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche instead. He turned 37 years old on Tuesday, but he still managed to score 30 goals and 61 points in 78 games last season.
After one season in Boston, Jarome Iginla has signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Avalanche. | 07/01/2014 8:26 PM
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After one season in Boston, Jarome Iginla has signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Avalanche.
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Iginla, who had 30 goals and 31 assists in 78 games last season, will provide a veteran presence on a team flush with young forwards. Paul Statsny signed with the Blues on Tuesday, but Iginla will still get a chance to play with either Nathan MacKinnon or Matt Duchene.
Colorado signs Ben Street | 07/01/2014 6:51 PM
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Ben Street has agreed to a two-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
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Street had an assist in 13 games with the Calgary Flames in 2013-14. He also had 28 goals and 60 points in 58 AHL contests.
Zach Redmond signs two-year deal with Avs | 07/01/2014 2:45 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Zach Redmond to a two-year/$1.5 million deal.
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Redmond did a great job of bouncing back this season after suffering a severe cut to his leg by a skate during a practice with the Jets. He is a bubble player on the Avs as he fights to be the seventh defenseman.
Iginla signs with Avs | 07/01/2014 2:22 PM
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Jarome Iginla has signed with the Colorado Avalanche for three years and $16 million.
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The Avs lost Paul Stastny to the Blues earlier in the day and needed to shore up their forward ranks and Iginla will certainly do that. It remains to be seen if he can keep up with some of the speedy and yonger Colorado forwards but Iginla can still finish as he did retain his scoring touch around the net with the Bruins last season. The three year term for a player of Iginla's age is a little troubling but overall this is a positive signing for the Avs and Iginla should get the chance to play with either Nathan MacKinnon or Ryan O'Reilly.
Avs sign Bruno Gervais to one year deal | 07/01/2014 2:00 PM
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The Avalanche have signed defenseman Bruno Gervais to a one-year contract.
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Colorado is shoring up their blueline by adding a number of depth guys in Gervais and Nick Holden. Gervais has no fantasy value.
Nick Holden re-signs with Avs | 07/01/2014 1:58 PM
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Nick Holden has re-signed with the Colordao Avalanche.
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Although he had a few spurts of brilliance last season, Holden is really a depth defenseman and has little or no fantasy value.
Avalanche ink Jesse Winchester to 2-year deal | 07/01/2014 12:29 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Jesse Winchester to a two-year/one-way contract.
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WHL coach: Bleackley's not ready for NHL | 07/01/2014 8:55 AM
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Conner Bleackley isn't ready to make the jump to the NHL according to his WHL coach, Brent Sutter.
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"Conner still needs to grow, especially with skating and defensive responsibilities," Sutter said. "His vision needs to improve. I'm not Colorado, I'm not Patrick Roy, but I feel like he's not NHL ready. There is growth in his game. There is a reason he went (23rd) and not in the top 10, but I do think he's a great prospect for that organization." Sutter also feels that Bleackley is mature for his age, as evidenced by the fact that he gave Bleackley the captaincy of the Red Deer Rebels. Bleackley had 29 goals and 68 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Paul Stastny still might re-sign with Avs | 07/01/2014 8:51 AM
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Paul Stastny's agent didn't want to rule out the possibility of his client re-signing with the Avalanche even as the start of the free agent period looms.
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At this point it would be mildly surprising if Stastny re-signed with Colorado. The Avalanche have made it very clear that they want Stastny back, but only if he is willing to sign within their parameters and from the outside looking in, it wouldn't be surprising if they end up getting outbid. Assuming Stastny is still unsigned by noon, he will be one of the top unrestricted free agents on the market.
Paul Stastny set to become UFA Tuesday | 06/30/2014 8:18 PM
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After a long set of negotiations, the Avalanche and Paul Stastny were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract.
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It's been expected all along that Stastny wanted to test the waters as a free agent on July 1st, but the Avs reportedly tried hard to convince him to stay. As one of the top available players on the open market, expect the suitors to be lined up on Tuesday.
Avs took a chance by selecting Kyle Wood | 06/29/2014 10:18 AM
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The Colorado Avalanche went way off the board when they took Kyle Wood with the 84th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Wood was ranked 191st by Central Scouting. Avalanche chief amateur scout Rick Pracey thinks that was due primarily to Wood being hurt for the first half of the 2013-14 campaign. "He's a great big, two-way defenseman who I think at the next level probably projects into that defensive (type) player," Pracey said. "We like that he's a bigger guy who takes his time and thinks with the puck. His playoff with North Bay was something that gave us comfort too. We just saw a player who got better and better."
Avalanche draft big guys in 2014 | 06/29/2014 10:16 AM
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The Colorado Avalanche didn't draft a single player that was shorter than six feet.
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"I think these things have an ebb and flow to them, and every organization on draft day wants to get better. And that was our primary focus. But as an organization, we did want to get bigger," Avalanche top scout Rick Pracey said. "When you hear teams discussing their philosophies, generally I think it is a right now in the NHL, and we share that thought." Their first pick was Conner Bleackley, who stands at 6-foot-2, and then they followed that up with 6-foot-4 defenseman Kyle Wood in the third round. As Pracey noted, the desire to get bigger certainly isn't exclusive to the Avalanche.
More suitors line up for Stastny | 06/28/2014 12:33 PM
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As the Avalanche and Paul Stastny continue to talk about a contract that would keep the talented pivot in Colorado, another team is now said to be interested in the UFA's services.
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The Jets, Wild and Blues were said to be three suitors. Now you can add the Stars into the mix according to TSN's Pierre McGuire. This should be interesting as we approach the July 1st free agency period.
Bleackley brings intangibles to Avs | 06/28/2014 12:27 PM
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Although many were surprised that the Colorado Avalanche selected Conner Bleackley with the 23rd overall pick in the entry draft, the Avs' scouting staff is thrilled with the pick.
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Bleackley may not have one outstanding skill but he does a lot of things well and the sum is greater than the parts when you look at his game. "One thing that attracted us to Conner is his hockey sense and strength on the puck," Avalanche director of amateur scouting Rick Pracey said in a news release. "We like his versatility, as we have seen him play all three forward positions". Bleackley registered a modest 68 points this past season in the WHL but he could still be a decent second-line NHL player in a few years. Maybe not one worth owning in fantasy leagues, however.
Avs take Conner Bleackley with 23rd pick | 06/27/2014 9:32 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche have selected Conner Bleackley with the 23rd overall selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Bleackley is a high-character forward who plays a strong-two way game. A natural leader, Bleackley was the captain of WHL's Red Deer Rebels at 17. He tallied 29 goals and 39 assists this past season as an 18-year-old, but his offensive upside won't be his calling card. He's a gritty, high-motor player who will battle in all zones. Bleackley is the type of glue guy all teams need because he brings energy and maturity to the lineup. He's a versatile forward, capable of playing in the top six, but it's more likely Bleackley fits in as a strong third-liner because he's defensively responsible and smart in all three zones.
Avalanche want to add size through draft | 06/27/2014 9:27 AM
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The Colorado Avalanche are expected to target big players in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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"If you look at the players we drafted last year, the size is there, they are good skaters and good character players. I think we're just going to continue in the same direction," Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "The draft is very important to us and we want to continue to do what we have been doing, which is build from the inside." Avalanche top scout Rick Pracey added that the team isn't looking to simply draft the best player available. Instead, they're going to factor in their own depth charts when making their decisions.
Lots of teams in the hunt for Paul Stastny | 06/26/2014 4:31 PM
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The Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly entered into the Paul Stastny sweepstakes.
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Stastny has been a popular player during the window shopping period prior to the start of the free agency, but a lot of teams may not be able to meet his price point. Stastny's camp is reportedly informing interested parties that he doesn't want to make less than the $6.66 million a year he earned in his last five seasons with Colorado.
St. Louis Blues reach out to Paul Stastny | 06/25/2014 2:13 PM
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The St. Louis Blues are among the teams looking into signing Paul Stastny.
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Stastny won't be an unrestricted free agent until July 1, but thanks to the new CBA, teams can already talk to him. The Blues have also been tied to the Jason Spezza trade rumor mill and they might feel like getting Stastny would be the better option given that they wouldn't have to sacrifice any prospect. Stastny is testing the market, but still regards the Colorado Avalanche as his first choice.
Patrick Roy earns the Jack Adams Award | 06/25/2014 8:42 AM
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Patrick Roy won the Jack Adams Award.
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Roy's rookie campaign as an NHL bench boss went spectacularly. He inherited a team that finished last in the Western Conference in 2013 and turned them into a serious playoff contender. The Avalanche finished second in the Western Conference in 2013-14 with a 52-22-8 record.
Paul Stastny plans on testing UFA waters | 06/25/2014 8:37 AM
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Paul Stastny wants to test the free agent market, according to Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic.
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That doesn't necessarily mean that Stastny's tenure with Colorado is done. In fact, it looks like Stastny is willing to give the Avalanche the opportunity to match another team's offer if he's close to signing elsewhere. That being said, the Avalanche seem to have a specific cap hit in mind for Stastny and so far it doesn't look like the team is willing to get into a bidding war to keep him.
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon is your 2013-14 NHL Rookie of the Year. | 06/24/2014 9:38 PM
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Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon is your 2013-14 NHL Rookie of the Year.
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The first pick in last year's draft didn't disappoint in his rookie season. In 82 games, MacKinnon produced 24 goals, 39 assists and a +20 rating while providing five game-winning goals. The 18-year-old from Nova Scotia has an extremely bright future in Colorado.
Ryan O'Reilly takes home Lady Byng Award | 06/24/2014 9:19 PM
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Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly was the runaway winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards Tuesday night.
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The Lady Byng is awarded to "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," and considering he was assessed only two penalty minutes in 80 games played, it's no surprise the Colorado forward received the honor. Martin St. Louis and San Jose's Patrick Marleau finished second and third in the voting, respectively.
Nathan MacKinnon wins Calder Trophy | 06/24/2014 8:41 PM
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Center Nathan MacKinnon was awarded the Calder Trophy Tuesday, given to the NHL's top rookie.
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This news hardly comes as a shock to the hockey world, as MacKinnon entered the night an overwhelming favorite to take home the hardware. With 63 points in his rookie campaign, the Colorado forward shone brighter than all other first-year players in 2013-14.
Paul Stastny, Avs continue contract talks | 06/24/2014 3:04 PM
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Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic isn't sure if the team will be able to sign Paul Stastny before July 1.
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Both sides will continue to talk leading into free agency, though. "We'll meet with the Avs this week," said Stastny's agent Matt Keator on Monday. "Had some good talks, and we will see where it goes." The 28-year-old center would probably find it much easier to get the money he wants in free agency, but he has expressed an interest in staying in Colorado.
Roy views O'Reilly situation as just business | 06/24/2014 2:55 PM
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Coach Patrick Roy doesn't think Ryan O'Reilly's rocky contract situation is anything personal.
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"At this time of the year, it's no different for other teams. It's an unpleasant time. It's a negotiation, and Ryan has to do what he thinks is the best," said Roy. "Obviously, as a team, you always wish players are buying into your structure, buying into your plan, and Joe (Sakic) is doing a super job. He's the one dealing with the contracts. From a coaching perspective, I don't see it as a problem." Sakic hasn't spoken with O'Reilly's agent, Pat Morris, since the team filed for salary arbitration.
No contact between Avs, Ryan O'Reilly | 06/23/2014 8:11 PM
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Joe Sakic said Monday that there has been contact between the Avalanche and Pat Morris, the agent for Ryan O'Reilly, since the team filed for arbitration earlier in the month.
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Sakic has previously stated that the Avs would like to keep O'Reilly in a Colorado uniform "for a long time", but the filing for arbitration was a calculated move by the club. Although the two sides haven't negotiated of late, there remains a decent chance he could re-sign with the team.
O'Reilly: Team arbitration was a 'smart' move | 06/23/2014 6:27 PM
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Ryan O'Reilly called the Colorado Avalanche deciding to file for arbitration against him a "smart" move on their part.
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O'Reilly admitted that he's a little frustrated that he's stuck in contract limbo again, but he's confident something will be worked out. The reason the Avalanche filed for arbitration was probably so that they could lock him up to something less than the $6.5 million he earned in 2013-14.
Forsberg will join the Hockey Hall of Fame | 06/23/2014 3:31 PM
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Peter Forsberg has been selected to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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Forsberg was an explosive player that unfortunately saw his career limited by injuries. He ended up with 249 goals and 885 points in 708 with Quebec/Colorado, Philadelphia, and Nashville. He ended up winning two championships with the Avalanche and claimed both the Hart and Art Ross Trophies for his 106-point 2002-03 campaign.
Patrick Roy likes the Avalanche's defense | 06/22/2014 9:23 AM
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Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy thinks highly of the team's defense.
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Roy acknowledged that it's not quite up to the level of the championship Los Angeles Kings' blueline, but he doesn't think it's far off. "I think the future of our franchise on the defensive side of the game is a lot better than people think it is," Roy said. The Avalanche might try to sign a complementary defenseman over the summer to help round out their top-six.
Avs center Ryan O'Reilly underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason. SOURCE: Denver Post | 06/21/2014 4:35 PM
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Avs center Ryan O'Reilly underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason. SOURCE: Denver Post
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The expectation is that O'Reilly will be recovered in time for the start of training camp in a few months. He posted a career-high 28 goals in 80 games last season.
Roy favorite to win top coaching honors | 06/21/2014 12:25 PM
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Colorado bench boss Patrick Roy is the oddsmakers choice to win the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's top coach.
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Roy is listed as a 1/5 favorite. Other candidates are Detroit's Mike Babcock at 9/2 and Tampa's Jon Cooper at 10/1. Roy had a tremendous first year as an NHL coach guiding the Avs to an oustanding 52-win season and a playoff berth.
MacKinnon odds on favorite for Calder | 06/21/2014 11:55 AM
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It looks as if Nathan MacKinnon will take home the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie next week in Las Vegas.
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The oddsmakers list Mackinnon as an overwhelming favorite at 1/16, while Lightning fowards Tyler Johnson (12/1) and Ondrej Palat (11/1) are not regarded as serious contenders. He led all first-year players in NHL scoring with 63 points.
Hishon gets qualifying offer from Avs | 06/21/2014 11:49 AM
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The Avalanche have extended a qualifying offer to froward Joey Hishon.
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Hishon spent the entire regular season with Lake Erie of the AHL scoring 10 goals and registering 24 points in 50 minor league games. He did get a chance to play in two playoff games with Colorado, however, earning an assist in a Game 7 loss to Minnesota. Hishon has no fantasy value going forward.
O'Reilly favorite to win Lady Byng next week | 06/21/2014 11:29 AM
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Ryan O'Reilly is the favorite to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
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O'Reilly, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is listed as the 2/3 favorite by oddsmakers. Patrick Marleau (who has been nominated for the Byng before) is listed as 5/1, while three-time winner (including last season) Martin St. Louis is listed as 14/1. The Trophy will be awarded in a tape-delayed broadcast from Las Vegas next week.
Habs to face Avs in Quebec City in preseason | 06/20/2014 10:09 PM
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Quebec City hockey fans will get a great chance to show the NHL how hungry they are for a hockey team when the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche square off in the eastern Quebec capital this fall for preseason action.
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The Quebec Nordiques relocated to Colorado in 1995 and Quebec hockey fans have been clamoring for hockey's return to the city ever since. That dream recently became a possibility with the construction of a new 18,000 seat stadium which is due to be finished in 2015. Even with the new stadium, the NHL has not guaranteed Quebec a franchise. But the league's return to Quebec City might make sense, based on the successful rebirth of the long lost Winnipeg Jets in 2011.
Agent: Paul Stastny wants to stay in Colorado | 06/20/2014 3:27 PM
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Agent Matt Keator said that Paul Stastny's preference is to re-sign with the Avalanche.
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Colorado's executive vice president Joe Sakic wants the same thing, but cautioned that he won't overpay to make that happen. "We will keep talking with Joe throughout the process and give them every chance to retain Paul," Keator said. "We will meet next week and see where things go." Stastny scored 25 goals and 60 points in 81 games in 2013-14.
Ryan O'Reilly recently had shoulder surgery | 06/19/2014 6:48 PM
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Ryan O'Reilly apparently had shoulder surgery recently, which he is still recovering from.
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He's expected to be ready for training camp, but it will be interesting to see which team he'll be playing for by then. He appears to be embroiled in another sticky contract situation with the Avalanche and there's a possibility that he could be traded.
Colorado inks Jamie McGinn to 2-year contract | 06/19/2014 6:32 PM
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Jamie McGinn has signed a two-year extension with the Avalanche.
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Financial terms weren't disclosed. He had a salary cap hit of $1.75 million in his last two-year contract. "Jamie is coming off a very good season and played an important role for our team," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. "We're excited to have him under contract for another two years." During the 2013-14 campaign, he generated 19 goals and 19 assists.
Colorado 'hopeful' that Stastny will re-sign | 06/19/2014 4:14 PM
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Paul Stastny and the Avalanche are expected to engage in serious contract talks next week.
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"We're hopeful we can sign Stastny.....but if he chooses to go to (FA), that's his right," said Colorado's Executive Vice President of hockey operations Joe Sakic. Negotiations between the two sides looks like it could go down to the wire, which may end up in Stastny heading to another team via free agency on July 1.
Avs would like to lock up Ryan O'Reilly | 06/19/2014 4:06 PM
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Executive Vice President of hockey operations Joe Sakic says the Avalanche intend to have Ryan O'Reilly signed for a "long time."
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The relationship between Colorado and O'Reilly has turned a bit sour again with regard to his perceived monetary value. "We just have a different point of view on where the starting point is," said Sakic. "His agent, Pat, seems to think he signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal and forgot about the $3.5 million first year." Contract negotiations were contentious between the two sides before he signed a two-year, $10 million deal after the lockout ended in 2013. It wouldn't be surprising if it all resulted in O'Reilly being traded elsewhere, but for now the Avalanche appear to be focused on re-signing him.
Darcy Tucker officially off Leafs' books | 06/18/2014 8:53 PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have finally finished paying off Darcy Tucker, as the gritty winger's annual $1 million buyout payments are off the books as of this summer.
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The Leafs bought out the feisty winger in 2008 at a cost of $6 million over the next six years as penalty for terminating his contract three years prematurely. Tucker went on to play for Colorado and eventually retire in 2010. The 39 year old played eight productive seasons in Toronto as was an essential part of the Leafs' playoff runs between 1999-2004. Toronto gains a little more financial flexibility by not having to send an annual payout to an old player anymore.
Colorado might trade Ryan O'Reilly soon | 06/17/2014 5:09 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche might want to trade Ryan O'Reilly sooner rather than later.
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The Avalanche have already file for club-elected salary arbitration with O'Reilly in the hopes of forcing him to take less than the $6.5 million contract he would have gotten had Colorado qualified him instead. Coming off a 28-goal, 64-point season, O'Reilly might counter by signing another offer sheet with another club. That would put the Avalanche in a position where they would either have to match the deal or accept draft picks in return for the 23-year-old forward. Given that those draft picks won't be particularly appealing if O'Reilly signs with a good team, it's probable that Colorado will match the deal, but that would put them in a position where they won't be able to trade him for a calender year. O'Reilly's window to sign an offer sheet is from July 1-5, so this could play out very quickly.
Report: Avs offer Stastny a multi-year deal | 06/16/2014 4:22 PM
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Paul Stastny was reportedly offered a multi-year contract from Colorado a couple of weeks ago.
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The two sides haven't spoken since then, but they expected to come together soon and it could come later this week. Stastny' agent, Matt Keator, reportedly wasn't looking to start contract negotiations with the Avalanche until this Friday anyway, according to a report from the Denver Post.
Report: Parenteau back on the trade block | 06/16/2014 10:32 AM
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According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Colorado is "shopping" P. A. Parenteau.
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He has two seasons left on a deal which pays him $4 million per year. In 55 games during the 2013-14 campaign, Parenteau notched 14 goals and 33 points. He also added three points in seven playoff contests. He was rumored to be on the trade block during the season, but the Avalanche kept him after losing Alex Tanguay to injury.
Avs file for arbitration with Ryan O'Reilly | 06/15/2014 6:44 PM
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The Colorado Avalanche filed for salary arbitration with pending free agent forward Ryan O'Reilly.
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They would have needed to qualify him to a tune of $6.5 million, so it's easy to see why the two sides are engaged in another awkward contract negotiation situation. Other teams can send him an offer sheet and Colorado could still sign a deal with him in the interim. He scored 28 goals (six GWGs) and 64 points last season, so one way or another, he won't be cheap.
No outdoor game for Denver next season | 06/14/2014 6:04 PM
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NHL sources have said that Denver will not get an outdoor game during the 2014-15 season, but the city is likely to get one in 2015-16.
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It isn't clear yet if the Colorado Avalanche will get to host the Winter Classic or a Stadium Series game. If they do get an outdoor game in the near future then it would probably take place at Coors Field.
Stastny talks might not start until 11th hour | 06/08/2014 9:35 AM
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Paul Stastny's agent, Matt Keator, reportedly isn't looking to start up the contract negotiations with the Avalanche until June 20.
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In other words, he'd like to push this process close to the start of the unrestricted free agent period to put pressure on the Avalanche. Colorado would ideally like to bring Stastny back, but the team's already deep up the middle so they might be able to spend that money more effectively elsewhere. He had 25 goals and 60 points in 71 contests in 2013-14.
Nothing going on with Stastny negotiations | 06/01/2014 11:37 AM
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Another week has passed with absolutely nothing going on between the Avalanche and the representatives for Paul Stastny.
Denver Post

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Although there is a month to go before July 1st and Stastny officially becomes an unrestricted free agent, this is not a good sign. It is looking more and more as if the talented pivot will test the free agent market.
Avs ink goaltender Roman Will to ELC | 05/30/2014 9:20 AM
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Roman Will has signed an entry-level deal with Colorado.
Denver Post

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In 20 games this past season for Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic, he posted a 16-4 record with a 1.84 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. He also played 63 games for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL in 2011-12.
Avalanche agree to terms with Borna Rendulic | 05/30/2014 9:15 AM
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Borna Rendulic has agreed to an entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
Denver Post

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He suited up in 57 games with HPK Hameenlinna in the SM-liiga this past season, where he compiled 11 goals and 32 points.
Colorado signs Samuel Henley to ELC | 05/30/2014 9:10 AM
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Colorado has inked Samuel Henley to an entry-level contract.
Denver Post

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In 51 contests with Val-d'Or, the 20-year-old winger recorded 30 goals and 69 points. He also added 28 points in 24 playoff matches for the QMJJHL champion Foreurs. The Val-d'Or native was never drafted.
Avalanche sign Swede Dennis Everberg | 05/30/2014 9:04 AM
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Dennis Everberg has signed an entry-level deal with Colorado.
Denver Post

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He appeared in 47 games with Rogle in Sweden's second division (Allsvenskan), where he put up 17 goals and 17 assists.
Troy Bourke, Avs agree to entry-level deal | 05/29/2014 6:12 PM
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Colorado has signed Troy Bourke to a three-year, entry-level deal.
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He netted 29 goals and added 56 assists in 69 contests with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. Bourke also accounted for seven points in 15 appearances with Colorado's AHL affiliate in Lake Erie at the end of the year. He was chosen in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2012 draft.
Report: Mark Olver is heading to the KHL | 05/27/2014 12:33 PM
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Mark Olver has reportedly signed with KHL Sochi.
Darryl Wolski on Twitter

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Olver had 49 points and 82 penalty minutes in 65 games with the AHL Lake Erie Monsters in 2013-14. He was scheduled to become a restricted free agent.
Report: Jean-Sebastien Giguere set to retire | 05/26/2014 3:34 PM
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Jean-Sebastien Giguere is reportedly ready to call it career.
Sportsnet.ca

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According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the veteran netminder still has to speak to his agent and the NHLPA before something official is announced. He posted an 11-6-1 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.62 goals-against average in 22 appearances with Colorado this past season.
'Nothing imminent' for Paul Stastny contract | 05/26/2014 2:37 PM
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Paul Stastny's agent, Matt Keator, told the Denver Post that "nothing is imminent" regarding a new deal with the Avalanche.
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"I talked to Keator, and he said nothing is 'imminent' yet on this signing," said Dater on his Hockey Talk podcast. "I think the Avalanche are interested in re-signing him, but I think it's really touchy right now." He registered 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games in the last season of his five-year, $33 million contract. Stastny can be an unrestricted free agent in July.
Report: Avs and Paul Stastny to meet soon | 05/18/2014 6:17 AM
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Adrian Dater of the Denver Post is reporting that the representatives of Paul Stastny will meet with the Colorado Avalanche in the near future.
Denver Post

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The two sides have not met since the NHL trade deadline in March as Stastny's side decided to hold all talks off until the off-season. The unrestricted free agent to be had 10 points in seven playoff games after a 60 point regular season so his services will be highly sought after should he decide to test the market. Stay tuned.
Avalanche might pursue defensive help | 05/11/2014 9:03 AM
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It wouldn't be surprising if the Colorado Avalanche go after a top defenseman on the free agent market this summer.
Denver Post

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One prime candidate could be Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen, provided the Penguins can't re-sign him. Niskanen broke out in 2013-14 with 10 goals, 46 points, and a plus-33 rating. He's likely to command an annual salary of at least $5 million, but the Avalanche are in a fairly healthy cap position, so they might be willing to do that.
MacKinnon registers assist in Canada's loss | 05/10/2014 11:54 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon registered an assist in Canada's 3-2 shootout loss to France at the IIHF World Hockey Championships Friday.
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He set up Erik Gudbranson for Canada's second goal. MacKinnon is likely to take home the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2013-14 and will make an excellent mid-round selection in hockey pools next season.
Roy, Babcock, Cooper nominated for Jack Adams | 05/06/2014 12:41 PM
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Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is one of the three finalist for the Jack Adams Award.
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Mike Babcock and Jon Cooper are the other two nominees. The Avalanche finished last in the Western Conference in 2013, but under Roy's guidance, the team did a complete 180 this season. They won the Central Division with a 52-22-8 record.
Nathan MacKinnon will play for Canada at WHC | 05/05/2014 11:21 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon has been added to Canada's World Championship roster.
Denver Post

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He will join Team Canada in Zurich on Monday where they will prepare to play in Minsk, Belarus later this week. The outstanding rookie generated 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games this past season. MacKinnon also posted 10 points in seven playoff matches.
Avs' RFA Ryan O'Reilly could earn big deal | 05/05/2014 11:15 AM
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Restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly could become the highest-paid player on the Colorado Avalanche.
Denver Post

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O'Reilly received a two-year, $10 million deal during the lockout-shortened season after holding out and he has plenty of bargaining power this time around too. He led the team with 28 goals and produced 64 points in 80 games. Matt Duchene will earn a team-high $6 million next season, as his new contract extension will kick in. It isn't clear if the Avalanche can keep O'Reilly and potential unrestricted free agent Paul Stastny.
Jan Hejda played with two broken fingers | 05/05/2014 11:03 AM
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Jan Hejda played in Colorado's opening round series against Minnesota with two broken fingers and a pin in his thumb.
Denver Post

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He didn't have a point and posted a minus-6 rating in seven contests, as the Avalanche were bounced from the postseason in the first round. Hejda has one year remaining on his current contract.
Avs keen to re-sign Stastny | 05/04/2014 10:56 AM
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Paul Stastny increased his market value with a strong season and playoff.
Denver Post

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The unrestricted free agent scored five goals and registered 10 points in the seven-game series against the Wild and scored 25 goals and registered 60 points in the regular season. Those numbers will certainly catch the attention of a number of general managers looking to upgrade their forward corps. However, Stastny may be willing to give the Avs a hometown discount to stay in Denver. Stay tuned. These negotiations should be interesting.
Hejda not likely to be back in Denver | 05/04/2014 10:50 AM
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Jan Hejda, who had such a great first half of the 2013-14 season, is not a sure bet to return to Denver for the 2014-15 campaign.
Denver Post

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He slumped badly in the second half and the Avs have a number of young defensemen who are chomping at the bit to make the team next season, including Stefan Elliott, Duncan Siemens and Chris Bigras.
Benoit likely will walk as UFA | 05/04/2014 10:45 AM
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It is unlikely that Andre Benoit will be back in Denver next season.
Denver Post

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He is an unrestricted free agent and the Avs seem content to make a few changes on their blueline. Teh re-signing of Benoit and fellow UFA Cory Sarich are not viewed as Colorado priorities.
Barrie is a priorit signing this off-season | 05/04/2014 10:41 AM
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Tyson Barrie will be a priority signing for the Avalanhce this off-season.
Denver Post

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The 23-year-old rearguard, who is a restricted free agent, led the Avs in goals (13) and points (38) from the blueline, and anchored the team's power play. Barrie is a budding star and is sure to get a healthy raise.
Gabriel Landeskog to miss the Worlds | 05/03/2014 6:31 AM
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Gabriel Landeskog will not play for Sweden at the World Hockey Championships due to a hand injury suffered in the first round.
Denver Post

Nathan MacKinnon has plenty of room to grow | 05/02/2014 8:44 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon finished Round 1 of the playoffs tied for the most points among all skaters even though Colorado didn't win their series against Minnesota.
Rotoworld.com

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Entering Round 2, MacKinnon leads the pack with eight assists and 10 points in seven games. Remarkably, he didn't get a point in four contests versus the Wild, including Games 6 and 7. The 18-year-old still has plenty to learn at the NHL level, but the talent and the drive is certainly there.
Patrick Roy thanks his players after Gm 7 | 05/01/2014 12:00 PM
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Coach Patrick Roy is disappointed not to be moving on in the playoffs, but he's proud of what his players accomplished this season.
Denver Post

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"One quality we had all year: We were never satisfied. Certainly not going to start tonight. It was a great experience all year," he said after Game 7's overtime loss to Minnesota. "It was fun to be part of it. I didn't want to see it end. I just want to say thanks to them. They made it fun. It's hard to talk like this right now, because everyone knows how much I like to win, but it was a great year. Next year in the playoffs, I think guys will react a little more calm in those situations. The toughest part will be not coming back tomorrow, preparing for Chicago. I'm sure tomorrow's going to hurt more." He went on to say that the Avs weren't ready to challenge for the Stanley Cup yet. Roy will be a favorite to win the Jack Adams Award, as coach of the year, after he helped guide the Avalanche to the Central Division title in 2013-14.
Joey Hishon picks up his first NHL point | 05/01/2014 11:37 AM
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Joey Hishon earned his first point in the NHL in Game 7 versus the Minnesota Wild.
Denver Post

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He set up Jamie McGinn in the first period to give Colorado a 2-1 lead after the opening frame. The Avalanche eventually lost 5-4 in overtime. Hishon suited up in three games for the Avalanche in the postseason. He should get a chance to make his regular season debut with the big club next fall out of training camp.
Matt Duchene had 2 assists in Game 7 defeat | 05/01/2014 11:32 AM
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Matt Duchene recorded two assists in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Minnesota.
Rotoworld.com

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The defeat ended the Avs' season in Game 7 of the opening round of the playoffs. Duchene played in the last two games of the series after sitting out for nearly a month due to an MCL injury and he picked up three helpers.
Ryan O'Reilly laments Game 7 loss | 05/01/2014 11:27 AM
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Ryan O'Reilly and the Avalanche were a dejected bunch after losing Game 7 in overtime Wednesday night.
Denver Post

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"Home ice is great, a good thing to have. But who cares? You don't win a Cup," he said. "That's the only thing that matters. We had moments where we played like a Cup team but other times when we didn't look like we belonged at all." Colorado had four leads in Game 7, but couldn't fend off the Wild and eventually lost 5-4 in the first extra session. O'Reilly posted six points in the series.
Varlamov not sharp in loss to Wild | 05/01/2014 3:26 AM
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Semyon Varlamov allowed five goals on 35 shots in Colorado's 5-4 overtime loss to Minnesota in Game 7 of their first round playoff series.
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It wasn't a nice way to end his season after he played a tremendous regular season. He is one of the finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Varlamov played seven postseason games with a 2.78 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
McGinn scores in loss | 05/01/2014 3:21 AM
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Jamie McGinn scored a goal and registered an assist in Colorado's 5-4 overtime loss to Minnesota Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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McGinn ended his season with two points and he had five points overall in the playoffs. He played his best season yet in the NHL and he is looking to continue his strong performances next season also. Erik Johnson, Nick Holden and Paul Stastny also scored a goal for the Avalanche, while Matt Duchene and PA Parenteau both added two helpers in the loss.
Avalanche put Joey Hishon back in lineup | 04/30/2014 1:42 PM
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Joey Hishon will be back in the Avalanche's lineup for Game 7.
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Hishon didn't participate in Game 6. He's projected to be on the third line with Jamie McGinn and Maxime Talbot.
P. Stastny has a chance to increase his value | 04/30/2014 9:05 AM
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Paul Stastny could increase his value with the Avalanche if he continues to play well in the playoffs.
Denver Post

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He has four goals and five assists in six games against Minnesota. A good showing in Game 7 would be a great way to put an exclamation point on the first round. Stastny is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer. He notched 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games this season. "This year, for me, was a fresh start. It was a new team, with new coaches, new management," he said. "It was almost like a tryout. And you wanted to see how it went."
Gabriel Landeskog hopes for home ice surge | 04/30/2014 8:45 AM
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Gabriel Landeskog believes home ice advantage will help push the Avalanche in Game 7.
Denver Post

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"When we're at home, it's like we have one or two extra players out there. The crowd has been unbelievable," Landeskog said. "It's probably hard to imagine for (nonplayers), but when we're on the ice every single rush, every odd-man rush, every backcheck, you feel the crowd. They're so into it, and you want to push that extra mile when you hear that." The Colorado captain has three goals and one assist in six games versus Minnesota in the series. Landeskog has earned one helper in his last four outings.
Duchene will play with O'Reilly, Parenteau | 04/29/2014 3:10 PM
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Matt Duchene will start Game 7 on a line with Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau.
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Duchene returned to the Avalanche's lineup in Game 6 after missing nearly a month due to an MCL injury. He began the game on the fourth line, but ended up logging 18:52 minutes.
Matt Duchene gets an assist in his return | 04/29/2014 8:19 AM
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Matt Duchene registered an assist and logged 18:52 of ice time in his return to the lineup in Game 6.
Denver Post

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"It's a start, I guess," said Duchene, who was playing in his first game since March 29 because of an MCL injury. "You've got to learn to trust an injury like that coming back, and as the game went on I felt more confident with it. There's still a long way to go for me. But next game is Game 7, so you lay it all on the line." He started on the fourth line, but ended up back with Ryan O'Reilly as the game progressed.
Ryan O'Reilly picks up 2 assists in Game 6 | 04/29/2014 8:14 AM
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Ryan O'Reilly assisted on both of Colorado's goals in a 5-2 loss to Minnesota in Game 6 on Monday night.
Rotoworld.com

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He has one goal and three assists during his current three-game point streak. O'Reilly will try to keep that going in Game 7 on Wednesday night. He has six points in six games in the series.
Alex Tanguay took to the ice on Sunday | 04/29/2014 7:55 AM
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Alex Tanguay (hip) was on the ice for Colorado's optional skate on Sunday.
Chicago Tribune

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He isn't expected to be back in the lineup until next season, but it's a positive sign that he was able to get back on the ice. Tanguay underwent hip surgery in February and he appeared in just 16 games during the regular season.
Varlamov and Avalanche lose | 04/29/2014 3:21 AM
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Semyon Varlamov let in three goals on 21 shots in Colorado's 5-2 loss to Minnesota in Game 6 of their first-round series.
Rotoworld.com

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Varlamov played a solid game and couldn't do much for Parise's two goals, which were both deflections in front of the net. Varlamov now has a 2.45 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in the postseason.
Stastny scores in loss | 04/29/2014 3:16 AM
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Paul Stastny scored a goal in Colorado's 5-2 loss to Minnesota in Game 6 of their first round playoff series on Monday night.
Rotoworld.com

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Stastny scored a shorthanded goal in the first period and he now has nine points in six games in the playoffs. Defenseman Nick Holden scored the other goal for the Avalanche and Matt Duchene assisted the goal in his return from his injury.
Matt Duchene IN for Avalanche Monday | 04/28/2014 9:01 PM
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Matt Duchene will suit up for Colorado in Game 6 of their opening round playoff series with the Wild on Monday.
Rotoworld.com

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It's not yet clear who his linemates will be, but he's certain to be a big boost for the Avs nonetheless. Joey Hishon will be a healthy scratch to make room for the young phenom.
Matt Duchene is a game-time call for Monday | 04/28/2014 2:22 PM
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Matt Duchene (knee) will be a game-time decision Monday night in Game 6.
Denver Post

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He skated hard in the morning and will participate in the pregame warmup. It isn't clear where he'll play if he ends up dressing. He was with Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau during the morning skate, but Jamie McGinn and Cody McLeod missed the session even though they are expected to play.
Nathan MacKinnon seeks success on the road | 04/28/2014 11:52 AM
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Nathan MacKinnon says the Avalanche "have to play with a little more poise" on the road against Minnesota.
Denver Post

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"We were rushing plays. Other than the crowd, everything's the same," said the 18-year-old rookie. "We have to get off to a better start, that's for sure." MacKinnon has turned heads during the playoffs with two goals and 10 points in five games. All of his scoring has been done at home, as the Wild have held him check in their own building. For the Avalanche to close out the series in Game 6 Monday night, MacKinnon will have to find a way to break through in Minnesota.
Cody McLeod nets goal vs. Minnesota | 04/27/2014 9:11 AM
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Cody McLeod scored a goal in a 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota on Saturday.
Denver Post

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It was McLeod's first goal and point of Colorado's playoff run. He had five goals and eight assists in 71 contests in the regular season.
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