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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard had a tremendous game on Thursday, but it still wasn't enough. | 12/18/2014 9:40 PM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard had a tremendous game on Thursday, but it still wasn't enough.
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Impact
Pickard made 47 saves and helped the Avalanche force overtime in Pittsburgh. The Penguins were knocking on the doorstep for most of the third period and finally broke through in overtime. Pickard is 4-6-1 this season.
Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson scored a pair of goals in Saturday's loss to the Blues. | 12/14/2014 10:33 AM
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Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson scored a pair of goals in Saturday's loss to the Blues.
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Impact
Johnson registered a power-play goal in the first period and then scored again on even strength in the second period. He has six goals and nine assists in 29 games this season.
Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard played very well in place of the injured Semyon Varlamov on Tuesday. | 12/10/2014 9:43 AM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard played very well in place of the injured Semyon Varlamov on Tuesday.
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Impact
Pickard, however, still lost as Predators goalie and top Vezina trophy candidate Pekka Rinne posted a shutout. Pickard allowed on goal on 34 shots. Nashville won, 3-0, as they added two empty-net goals in the final two minutes. Pickard is worth adding in standard leagues.
Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard will start on Tuesday. | 12/09/2014 5:06 PM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard will start on Tuesday.
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Impact
Pickard has been decent this season, mostly filling in for the injured Semyon Varlamov. Pickard has a 2.49 GAA and .922 save percentage this season.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is dealing with another groin injury and is out. | 12/08/2014 4:07 PM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is dealing with another groin injury and is out.
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Impact
Varlamov has played 15 games this season, going 4-6-5 with a 3.22 GAA and .909 save percentage. Backup Reto Berra should get plenty of work and expect Calvin Pickard to return to the big club.
Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla scored his team's only goals in Friday's loss. | 12/05/2014 10:48 PM
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Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla scored his team's only goals in Friday's loss.
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Impact
Iginla scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season, but Colorado lost to Winnipeg, 6-2. Iginla was minus-two despite the two goals. He has 11 assists to go with the six goals in 27 games this season.
Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay had three points against the Stars on Saturday. | 11/30/2014 10:12 AM
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Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay had three points against the Stars on Saturday.
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Impact
Tanguay scored a goal and two assists versus Dallas with five shots. He now has eight goals and seven assists in 22 games this season.
Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard played well again on Saturday. | 11/30/2014 10:08 AM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard played well again on Saturday.
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Impact
Pickard made 22 saves on 24 shots to post a .917 save percentage, which is actually his lowest this month. Since taking over the starting role when Semyon Varlamov went down with an injury, Pickard is 3-1-0 with a .955 save percentage and a 1.41 GAA.
Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard faced 45 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Kings. | 11/27/2014 11:17 AM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard faced 45 shots in Wednesday's loss to the Kings.
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Impact
He stopped 42 of them, but it wasn't enough. Pickard is now 2-3-0 with a 2.24 GAA and .933 save percentage. He is not an option for owners.
Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard came in relief of Reto Berra, and earned a victory Tuesday against the Coyotes. | 11/26/2014 10:00 AM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard came in relief of Reto Berra, and earned a victory Tuesday against the Coyotes.
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Impact
Does this sound familiar? This is the second time in four days that Berra was awful to start a game, and Berra came on to lead Colorado to victory. Berra allowed three goals on eight shots while Pickard did not yield a single goal on 25 shots. Pickard is the goalie to own until Semyon Varlamov returns.
Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard came in relief of Reto Berra, and earned a victory Tuesday against the Coyotes. | 11/26/2014 10:00 AM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard came in relief of Reto Berra, and earned a victory Tuesday against the Coyotes.
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Impact
Does this sound familiar? This is the second time in four days that Berra was awful to start a game, and Pickard came on to lead Colorado to victory. Berra allowed three goals on eight shots while Pickard did not yield a single goal on 25 shots. Pickard is the goalie to own until Semyon Varlamov returns.
Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored twice to rally Colorado from three goals behind and beat the Coyotes, 4-3, on Tuesday. | 11/26/2014 9:55 AM
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Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored twice to rally Colorado from three goals behind and beat the Coyotes, 4-3, on Tuesday.
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Impact
Landeskog scored towards the beginning of the second period to jump start the Avalanche. He scored again less than two minutes into the third period, and Matt Duchene tied the game minutes later. Colorado won in overtime on Daniel Briere's goal. Landeskog has six goals and six assists this season.
Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard came in relief of Reto Berra, and earned a victory Saturday versus Carolina. | 11/23/2014 10:28 AM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard came in relief of Reto Berra, and earned a victory Saturday versus Carolina.
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Impact
Berra allowed three goals on 10 shots, before being lifted for Pickard. It was a good move by coach Patrick Roy, as Pickard stopped all 17 shots on goal, to pick up his first win of the season. Owners should leave him on the waiver wire, but it was a nice win nevertheless.
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon recorded three assists in Saturday's win against Carolina. | 11/23/2014 10:25 AM
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Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon recorded three assists in Saturday's win against Carolina.
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Impact
He now has 16 points through 21 games, which is solid. However, MacKinnon's -6 rating this season, should worry fantasy owners.
Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla had a solid game during Saturday's victory over the Hurricanes. | 11/23/2014 10:23 AM
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Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla had a solid game during Saturday's victory over the Hurricanes.
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Impact
He had one goal and one assist, along with two shots on goal and a +2 rating on the night. Owners are hoping this game gets Iginla going, because he has just three goals and 12 points through 21 games. We expect him to get on a hot streak rather soon.
Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored a goal and finished plus-one on Saturday. | 11/15/2014 10:39 PM
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Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored a goal and finished plus-one on Saturday.
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Impact
Duchene has six goals and seven assists with a minus-one rating this season. Colorado won, 3-2, on Saturday for its second straight game, so perhaps the Avalanche get rolling now. They have struggled out of the gate.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves to win his second straight game. | 11/15/2014 10:33 PM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves to win his second straight game.
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Impact
Varlamov and the Avalanche have had a very slow start to the season, but in the lost two games, Varlamov has 53 saves and a 2.5 GAA in two victories. He is 4-5-4 this season.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov earned a victory, in Thursday's shootout win against the Rangers. | 11/13/2014 9:54 PM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov earned a victory, in Thursday's shootout win against the Rangers.
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Impact
He stopped 30-of-33 shots on goal, and is now 3-5-4 on the season. Look for Varlamov to finally get going.
Avalanche center Matt Duchene recorded two points on Thursday. | 11/13/2014 9:50 PM
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Avalanche center Matt Duchene recorded two points on Thursday.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with a +1 rating on the night. Duchene now has 12 points on the season, but is -2 in 2014-15 as well.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov continues to struggle this season. | 11/11/2014 9:56 PM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov continues to struggle this season.
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Impact
Ranked one of the top 10 goalies prior to fantasy drafts, Varlamov has been a big disappointment. He is 2-5-4 this season and has not won since Oct. 30. Ironically, that was a 5-0 victory over the Islanders. New York shut out the Avalanche in the rematch on Tuesday, 6-0.
Colorado forward Maxime Talbot had a solid game in Saturday's loss to Philadelphia. | 11/09/2014 10:38 AM
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Colorado forward Maxime Talbot had a solid game in Saturday's loss to Philadelphia.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist against his former team, but should not be considered a relevant option moving forward, as Talbot has only four points on the season.
Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay scored his team-high sixth goal in Saturday's loss to the Flyers. | 11/08/2014 9:47 PM
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Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay scored his team-high sixth goal in Saturday's loss to the Flyers.
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Impact
He was also +1 on the night, and now has nine total points on the season.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov allowed five goals in Tuesday's loss to Vancouver. | 11/05/2014 9:10 AM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov allowed five goals in Tuesday's loss to Vancouver.
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Impact
He did make 32 saves, but it was not nearly enough as Colorado fell 5-2. Varlamov is now 2-4-4 with a 2.75 GAA and .925 save percentage.
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and an assist on Saturday. | 11/02/2014 11:00 AM
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Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and an assist on Saturday.
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Impact
MacKinnon has three goals and five assists in the first 12 games this season, but he is minus-five.
Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored and posted a plus-one rating on Tuesday against the Sharks. | 10/29/2014 10:44 AM
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Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog scored and posted a plus-one rating on Tuesday against the Sharks.
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Impact
Landeskog scored early in the third period to give Colorado a, 2-1, lead. San Jose tied it minutes later and won in a shoot out. Landeskog had five shots on net.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 49 saves against the Sharks on Tuesday but lost. | 10/29/2014 10:40 AM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 49 saves against the Sharks on Tuesday but lost.
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Impact
Varlamov and the Avalanche were clinging to a 2-1 lead when Logan Couture scored in the third period to tie the game. The Sharks won in a shoot out, 3-2. Despite the loss, Varlamov posted a .961 save percentage.
Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie had three assists on Friday against the Canucks. | 10/25/2014 11:05 AM
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Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie had three assists on Friday against the Canucks.
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Impact
Barrie has a bad plus-minus to start the season at minus-seven but he has six points after the outburst on Friday.
Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored his third goal of the season on Friday in Colorado's rout of Voncouver, 7-3. | 10/25/2014 11:05 AM
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Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored his third goal of the season on Friday in Colorado's rout of Voncouver, 7-3.
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Impact
Duchene also had two assists and a plus-two rating on Friday. Duchene had six shots on goal as well.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov returned to action on Friday and allowed three goals on 29 shots. | 10/25/2014 11:04 AM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov returned to action on Friday and allowed three goals on 29 shots.
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Impact
He was less than stellar again, but Varlamov won the game behind seven Avalanche goals. It is safe to plug him back into your lineup.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov returned to action on Friday and allowed three goals on 29 shots. | 10/25/2014 11:03 AM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov returned to action on Friday and allowed three goals on 29 shots.
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Impact
He was less than stellar again, but Varlamov won the game behind seven Avalanche goals. It is safe to plug him back into your lineup.
Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie had three assists on Friday against the Canucks. | 10/25/2014 11:02 AM
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Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie had three assists on Friday against the Canucks.
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Impact
Barrie has a bad plus-minus to start the season at minus-seven but he has six points after the outburst on Friday.
Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored his third goal of the season on Friday in Colorado's rout of Voncouver, 7-3. | 10/25/2014 10:56 AM
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Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored his third goal of the season on Friday in Colorado's rout of Voncouver, 7-3.
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Impact
Duchene also had two assists and a plus-two rating on Friday. Duchene had six shots on goal as well.
Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla scored two goals on Friday against the Canucks. | 10/25/2014 10:52 AM
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Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla scored two goals on Friday against the Canucks.
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Impact
Iginla had been held scoreless for the season until Friday. He scored early in the first period and then added a seventh Colorado goal with less than a minute left in the game. In addition to two goals, Iginla had an assist, plus-three rating and five shots on goal.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been activated from the IR and is ready to play Friday against the Canucks according to the Denver Post. | 10/24/2014 5:43 PM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov has been activated from the IR and is ready to play Friday against the Canucks according to the Denver Post.
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Impact
Colorado is off to a really slow start and Varlamov's performance is part of that. He is 0-2-1 with a .910 save percentage and a 3.80 GAA. His numbers can do nothing but go up, though, there are doubts are to whether he can repeat his stellar numbers from last season.
Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla is still looking for his first goal of the season. | 10/22/2014 10:05 AM
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Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla is still looking for his first goal of the season.
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Impact
He assisted on Alex Tanguay's third goal of the season, but has been unable to light the lamp as a member of Colorado. Iginla has four assists now, and owners should not panic yet, as he is bound to start putting the puck in the back of the net soon.
Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the season, but Colorado ultimately lost to Montreal, 3-2, on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 10:04 PM
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Avalanche center Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the season, but Colorado ultimately lost to Montreal, 3-2, on Saturday.
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Impact
Duchene scored a tip-in goal off a Jarome Iginla shot at the 17:29 mark of the third period. The goal cut the Montreal lead to just one, but Colorado could not muster another score. With the loss, the Avalance dropped to 1-4-1 on the season.
Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard will start in goal against the Canadiens on Saturday evening. | 10/18/2014 2:30 PM
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Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard will start in goal against the Canadiens on Saturday evening.
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Impact
Both Semyon Varlamov and Reto Berra are banged up, paving the way for Pickard to get the nod. However, Pickard will likely not see many more starts after this one, meaning he can be left on waivers.
Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau scored his first two goals as a Canadien. | 10/16/2014 10:34 PM
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Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau scored his first two goals as a Canadien.
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Impact
The second goal was an empty net, power-play goal. Parenteau also had 5 shots on goal, but a -1 rating on the night. He is looking to get to the 30-goal mark, yet again.
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had two assists and seven shots on goal in Thursday's loss to Ottawa. | 10/16/2014 10:21 PM
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Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had two assists and seven shots on goal in Thursday's loss to Ottawa.
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Impact
Owners are hoping this game gets him going, as MacKinnon had only one point coming into Thursday. There is no need to worry however, as he is a stud of a player.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is dealing with a groin strain and will be a game-time decision, according to a Denver Post report. UPDATE: Varlamov has been placed on injured reserve, and should be considered day-to-day. | 10/16/2014 6:01 PM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is dealing with a groin strain and will be a game-time decision, according to a Denver Post report. UPDATE: Varlamov has been placed on injured reserve, and should be considered day-to-day.
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Impact
Coach Patrick Roy will likely error on the side of caution. Backup goalie Reto Berra was excellent Monday stopping 27-of-28 shots and is a viable option for fantasy owners.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is dealing with a groin strain and will be a game-time decision, according to a Denver Post report. | 10/16/2014 2:55 PM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is dealing with a groin strain and will be a game-time decision, according to a Denver Post report.
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Impact
Coach Patrick Roy will likely error on the side of caution. Backup goalie Reto Berra was excellent Monday stopping 27-of-28 shots and is a viable option for fantasy owners.
Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla had two assists and four penalty minutes on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs. | 10/14/2014 10:36 PM
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Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla had two assists and four penalty minutes on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
Iginla also had a plus-one rating and one hit.
Avalanche goalie Reto Berra saved 27-of-28 opportunities in a, 2-1, victory over the Bruins on Columbus Day. | 10/13/2014 4:22 PM
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Avalanche goalie Reto Berra saved 27-of-28 opportunities in a, 2-1, victory over the Bruins on Columbus Day.
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Impact
Berra only allowed a power play goal. He could be a solid backup this season, playing behind starter Semyon Valamov.
Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn scored his first goal of the season on Monday against the Bruins. | 10/13/2014 4:15 PM
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Avalanche left wing Jamie McGinn scored his first goal of the season on Monday against the Bruins.
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Impact
McGinn finished plus-one with three shots on goal in the victory. It was the first win for Colorado this season.
Avalanche winger Daniel Briere scored his 300th goal with less than a second remaining to lift Colorado, 2-1, over Boston on Monday. | 10/13/2014 4:10 PM
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Avalanche winger Daniel Briere scored his 300th goal with less than a second remaining to lift Colorado, 2-1, over Boston on Monday.
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Impact
Briere scored with 0.5 seconds left in the third period. It was nice to finally see Colorado score some goals as Minnesota shut them out twice to start the season. Jamie McGinn had the other Avalanche goal. Briere was plus-one with four shots on goal.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will start on Saturday against the Wild. | 10/11/2014 1:04 PM
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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will start on Saturday against the Wild.
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Impact
Coach Patrick Roy pulled Varlamov in the season opener against the Wild on Thursday after he allowed five goals in the first two periods. Although Varlamov did not play well, the entire team did not perform. Look for a bounce back game from Varlamov.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is shuffling his top two lines for the Saturday night rematch against the Wild. | 10/11/2014 12:41 PM
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Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is shuffling his top two lines for the Saturday night rematch against the Wild.
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Impact
Colorado opened the season against Minnesota and lost 5-0, so Roy wants to shakes things up. Matt Duchene will move up to the top line to play with Ryan O'Reilly and Jarome Iginla while Gabriel Landeskog will move down to the second line to skate with Nathan MacKinnon and Alex Tanguay. All six forwards are very good, so for fantasy purposes, it really doesn't matter where Roy places there guys.
Avalanche winger Daniel Briere is not expected to make much of an impact in his new home. | 10/02/2014 4:44 PM
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Avalanche winger Daniel Briere is not expected to make much of an impact in his new home.
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Impact
He was almost non-existent during his only season in Montreal (25 points in 69 games), but is hoping a change of scenery will do the trick. Briere is 36-years-old, but hockey is a sport where players can produce well into their thirties. Do not expect much, but if he can get it going on the power play early in the season, Briere could push for 50 points in 2014-15.
Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay a bit of a wild-card heading into the 2014-15 season. | 10/02/2014 4:37 PM
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Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay a bit of a wild-card heading into the 2014-15 season.
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Impact
He was limited to only 16 games a season ago, after having to undergo knee surgery. However, if healthy, Tanguay should be able to produce around 50 points, with 60 points not being out of reach. He will most likely go undrafted, but owners should not forget his name, as a potential waiver pickup.
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon did not disappoint during his rookie campaign. | 10/02/2014 4:35 PM
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Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon did not disappoint during his rookie campaign.
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Impact
He won Rookie of the Year honors, after compiling 24 goals, 39 assists, and a +20 rating in 82 games. The sky seems to be the limit for MacKinnon, so dont be surprised if he is around the 80-point mark this season. He is valued as a third round selection, but it is not ridiculous to take him in the second.
Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly is yet another member of the team coming off a career-best season. | 10/02/2014 4:31 PM
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Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly is yet another member of the team coming off a career-best season.
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Impact
The 23-year-old had 28 goals and 36 assists for a career-high 64 points. O'Reilly will have the privilege to play alongside Nathan Mackinnon, and as a result will have a tremendous opportunity to improve on his impressive numbers from 2013-14.
Colorado right wing Jarome Iginla should be able to continue his consistent production. | 10/02/2014 4:27 PM
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Colorado right wing Jarome Iginla should be able to continue his consistent production.
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Impact
This guy is a point-scoring machine, and now playing with a young crew in Colorado, Iginla should benefit from the youth around him. He had impressive numbers all around last year in Boston (30 goals, 31 assists, +34 rating), and should have no issue at least duplicating those numbers with the Avalanche. Iginla is worthy of an early-to-middle round selection.
Avalanche center Matt Duchene should be in line for another big season. | 10/02/2014 4:20 PM
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Avalanche center Matt Duchene should be in line for another big season.
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Impact
He had a career-high 70 points (23 goals, 47 assists) in 71 games last year, and will be centering Colorado's top line in 2014-15. Duchene's assists number could continue to rise with newcomer Jarome Iginla now playing on his right wing. Owners could do a lot worse if they decide to draft Duchene within the first five or six rounds.
Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog should be drafted early in fantasy drafts. | 10/02/2014 4:14 PM
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Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog should be drafted early in fantasy drafts.
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Impact
He is only 22-years-old and is coming a career-best year, with 65 points (26 goals, 39 assists) and a +21 rating. It is not too early to start thinking about selecting Landeskog during the fifth round, as he should continue to improve. Landeskog begins the year playing on Colorado's top line, which only enhances his value.
Winger Cody McLeod agreed to a three-year, $4 million extension with the Colorado Avalanche according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. | 09/29/2014 5:55 PM
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Winger Cody McLeod agreed to a three-year, $4 million extension with the Colorado Avalanche according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
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Impact
McLeod had 13 points and 122 penalty minutes in 71 games in 2013-2014. He is now locked up through the 2016-2017 season.
Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau will look to improve in first season in Montreal. | 09/24/2014 5:02 PM
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Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau will look to improve in first season in Montreal.
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Impact
He has 33 points last season in Colorado, and while he could benefit from a change of scenery, a major increase in production should not be expected.
Colorado left wing Jamie McGinn missed the opening day of practice. | 09/20/2014 12:13 AM
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Colorado left wing Jamie McGinn missed the opening day of practice.
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Impact
Not unexpected as McGinn is recovering from offseason back surgery. With 19 goals, 19 assists, 30 PIM, 167 SOG McGinn has low-end fantasy value when healthy.
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.

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