Player News - Avalanche

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Rene Bourque will reportedly sign a PTO with the Colorado Avalanche.

Bourque seems to have all the tools to be a successful NHLer, but he's struggled mightily in the last few seasons. The 34-year-old had just three goals and eight points in 49 games with the Blue Jackets in 2015-16. Even if he does make the team, Bourque won't have any fantasy value.
Aug 25 - 7:24 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have hired Jared Bednar to be their next head coach.

He replaces Patrick Roy, who re-signed earlier this month. "After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "Jared’s track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business." Bednar won the Calder Cup with the Lake Erie Monsters (Columbus' AHL affiliate) in 2016. The 44-year-old has 14 years of professional coaching experience in the ECHL and AHL.
Aug 25 - 1:42 PM

Patrick Bordeleau has signed a contract with the Cardiff Devils in the United Kingdom.

Bordeleau has played in 129 NHL games throughout his career. He spent the 2015-16 season with the San Antonio rampage of the American Hockey League. Bordeleau last played in the NHL with Colorado back in 2013-14.
Aug 24 - 2:56 PM

The Colorado Avalanche will likely name a new head coach this week.

The Avalanche are looking for a new bench boss because Patrick Roy quit earlier this month. Some of the reported candidates are Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar, Utica head coach Travis Green, Chicago assistant Kevin Dineen, Washington assistant Lane Lambers, Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel and San Jose assistant Bob Boughner. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday, according to beat writer Mike Chambers.
Aug 23 - 9:13 PM

Joe Sakic and the Avalanche are reportedly interested in at least four candidates to take over the team's coaching duties.

According to the Denver Post, those candidates are Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar, Utica head coach Travis Green, Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert and New York Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel. Because of the unique situation they're in (looking for a head coach in August), the Avalanche will have to speed up the hiring process. Click the link below to find out a little more about each of these four candidates.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 18 - 4:47 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Ben Smith to a one-year, two-way contract.

He'll earn $675,000 if he sticks in the NHL and $150,000 in the AHL. The 28-year-old spent last season with the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Smith scored two goals and six points in 22 games in 2015-16.He also has some international experience, as he won a bronze medal with Team USA at the World Hockey Championship in 2015. This is more of a depth signing for the Avs. Smith won't have any fantasy value.
Aug 16 - 12:11 PM

Joe Sakic and his staff are slated to meet Saturday to go over possible coaching candidates.

"We're going to put a group of candidates together and then start the interview process," Sakic said. "As you can probably all understand, this caught us all off guard. There's no timetable. Obviously, we'd like to have it done before training camp. But we want to interview quite a few people and see who we all feel is the best fit." He isn't considering one of the team's assistants
Source: Denver Post
Aug 13 - 5:44 PM

Colorado "will begin the search for a new head coach immediately," according to Avalanche executive vice president and GM Joe Sakic.

"Patrick informed me of his decision today," said Sakic referring to Roy's abrupt decision to resign from the team as head coach and vice-president of hockey operations. "We appreciate all he has done for our organization and wish him the best of luck in the future."
Aug 11 - 3:49 PM

Patrick Roy has resigned as head coach and vice-president of hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche.

"I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs to bring it to a higher level," Roy said in a statement. "To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-hockey operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team's performance. These conditions are not currently met. Though it saddens me, I have put much thought about this decision in recent weeks and have come to be fully comfortable with it." He posted a 130-92-24 record in three seasons with the Avalanche and won the Jack Adams Award in 2013-14. However, Colorado has missed the playoffs in each of the last two years.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 11 - 2:32 PM

Joe Colborne is slated to play on one of Colorado's top-two lines in 2016-17.

"They've mentioned they want me to play with some of their skill guys and bring a size and a net presence and puck control," Colborne said. "That's what I was given the opportunity down the stretch at Calgary and I had some really good results. Hopefully I can pick up where I left off." He finished the year with nine goals and 20 points in his last 20 games with the Flames.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 10 - 1:14 PM

Gabriel Landeskog talked about his experiences with head injuries and he had some great information for players to protect themselves and their teammates.

"I'm not only writing this article for NHL, college and junior players, but also for youth hockey players who might hear their friends complaining about headaches or the lights in the locker room bothering them," said Landeskog. "You shouldn't just let it go. Tell your coach or your parents what's going on with your teammate. One thing I've learned about leadership is that it's not always about being a rah-rah guy, or giving a great speech. Sometimes it's just about looking out for your teammates and understanding what they're going through. That includes the injuries that you can't see — that don't bleed all over your jersey like my broken nose did." He also talked about the importance of not rushing back because you have to protect your brain.
Aug 2 - 9:31 PM

Tyson Barrie is glad to have the security of a four-year contract.

"It's nice not to play for a deal every year," he said. "With that being said, I have a long way to go as a player, and I know that. There's another level to my game that I'm looking to take it to and really become that next-level defenseman in this league. This deal represents that, and it's something I'm going to take pride in." Barrie wants to become an all-around defender, who can be used against the top lines of the opposition while continuing to contribute offensively. He feels ready to step up and serve as a leader of the team.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 1 - 10:10 AM

Tyson Barrie has signed a four-year deal with the Avalanche.

His new contract has an annual average value of $5.5 million. The two sides had an arbitration hearing on Friday, but settled on a deal before the award was announced. Barrie got close to the $6 million pay day he was looking for and the Avalanche got some more term out of the agreement. The offensive defender scored 13 goals and 49 points in 78 games last season.
Jul 31 - 3:51 PM

Tyson Barrie is the first of this off-season's 25 arbitration filings to go to a hearing.

The two sides can still reach a deal on their own before the arbitrator's award is announced within 48 hours. According to earlier reports, Barrie is seeking $6 million on a one-year deal, while the Avalanche are looking for a two-year contract at $4 million and $4.25 million.
Jul 29 - 10:53 AM

Tyson Barrie is reportedly seeking $6 million for one season through arbitration.

The Avalanche have offered $4 million and $4.25 million, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Barrie's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday if the two sides can't agree to terms.
Jul 27 - 10:18 AM


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