Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Duncan Siemens has agreed to a one-year extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

Siemens had seven points and 100 penalty minutes in 73 AHL contests last season. He also had no points and two penalty minutes in three games with Colorado.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 1:01 PM

Felix Girard has inked one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado acquired Girard from Nashville in January in exchange for Cody McLeod. Girard had 10 goals and 28 points in 73 AHL contests last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 12:59 PM

Gabriel Bourque has agreed to a one-year extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

Bourque had 10 goals and 33 points in 61 AHL games last season. He also appeared in six NHL contests, but didn't record a point over that span.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 12:58 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed Liam O'Brien to a one-year contract.

The deal is two-ways so O'Brien can earn $650,000 at the NHL level or $85,000 if he plays in the AHL. He had 10 goals, 30 points, and 117 penalty minutes in 64 AHL contests last season.
Jul 15 - 12:15 PM

Nikita Zadorov is hoping to get a longer contract offer from the Colorado Avalanche.

Zadorov has a deal on the table with the KHL's CSKA. He's reportedly planning to hold out until the end of July to see if the Avalanche will present him with a better offer and if they don't then he might end up heading to the KHL. The 22-year-old defenseman had 10 assists and 73 penalty minutes in 56 contests in 2016-17.
Jul 8 - 5:25 PM

Ray Bennett and Jussi Parkkila are joining the Colorado Avalanche's coaching staff.

Bennett has accepted a job as an assistant coach while Parkkila will serve as the goaltending coach. Bennett spent the previous 10 seasons as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues and before that he had a seven season run as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings. Parkkila is coming to North America after spending 12 years working as a goaltending coach in Europe, most recently with the Grazz 99ers in Austria. "Ray brings a tremendous amount of NHL experience and hockey knowledge to our team, and Jussi has a proven track record of working with goaltenders," said Avalanche GM Joe Sakic. "They're a great complement to our current coaching staff, and we're excited to have them join our organization."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 7 - 5:32 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko is heading to the KHL through a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow.

Grigorenko was taken with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he hasn't worked out in the NHL. The 23-year-old forward had 10 goals and 23 points in 75 games with Colorado in 2016-17. After that showing, the Avalanche decided not to make him a qualifying offer, which led to him testing the UFA market.
Jul 7 - 3:57 PM

Matthew Nieto has decided to file for salary arbitration.

Nieto had seven goals and 13 points in 59 games in 2016-17. He had a $735,000 cap hit in 2016-17.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:22 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Nail Yakupov to a one-year, $875,000 contract.

Yakupov became an unrestricted free agent after the St. Louis Blues decided not to present him with a qualifying offer. This deal makes a lot of sense for Colorado. Yakupov has been a bust since being taken with the first overall pick in 2012, but there's still a chance that he'll find his way and given the terms of the contract, this is a low-risk gamble for Colorado.
Jul 4 - 12:53 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes might not be willing to pay the price necessary to acquire Matt Duchene.

"When I get on the phone with GMs around the league, they’re asking for a top young defenseman," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. "They’re very hard to get and very hard to find. We have them, and we’re not going to give them up, especially for a player who has two years left and then he can walk away." Duchene can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign. Columbus has been cited as a possible destination for Duchene, but Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen also expressed caution when it came to making trades this summer. It could just be posturing though, so we'll have to see how events unfold in the trade market as the summer progresses.
Jul 4 - 4:19 AM

Although Columbus has been frequently cited as a possible trading partner for Matt Duchene, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen suggested that he would be cautious on the trade front.

"We have until the (trade) deadline next spring," Kekalainen said. "We’re always trying to improve our team, but we’ve always said we’re not going to go crazy and mortgage the future to try and get a short-term fix. We feel like our window is just starting to crack open. We’re a young team. We don’t see any reason to try and go crazy. We don’t want to be kicking ourselves two or three years from now." In addition to Columbus, Boston might also make a run for Duchene. Colorado controls Duchene through the 2018-19 campaign, so it's not imperative for him to be moved this summer, but the Avalanche could use some major changes after the disastrous 2016-17 campaign they endured.
Jul 3 - 4:31 AM

Colin Wilson is likely to line up on Colorado's third line.

It seems that Avs' GM Joe Sakic views Wilson as an excellent third-line player at either center or wing. That's not going to do wonders for his fantasy value. We would wait and see if Wilson is looking at a bottom-six assignment or if he can elevate his game enough to land on the Avs' second line before investing anything in him.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 2 - 11:31 AM

In addition to the Blue Jackets, the Bruins may be in the hunt for Matt Duchene.

If in fact young and promising defenseman Barndon Carlo is in play, the Bruins may have re-inserted themselves into the Duchene sweepstakes. For now, the Blue Jackets remain the favorites to acquire Duchene in a deal but that could change if the Bruins want to get serious.
Jul 2 - 11:24 AM

Rumors continue to be heard that the Columbus Blue Jackets are interested in trading for Matt Duchene.

The other team that was supposedly interested in Duchene's services was Nashville but the signing of Nick Bonino and the need to get Ryan Johansen signed could have taken them out of the running. The Blue Jackets would likely need to give up Ryan Murray who was drafted second overall in 2012 and a forward off the roster, plus one other asset to get Duchene. Duchene had a tough year with only 18 goals and 41 points but there was a lot of rumors swirling around trading Duchene out of Denver and it had to have taken its toll on the youngster.
Jul 2 - 8:08 AM

Joe Cannata signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Cannata split time between the AHL and ECHL for the Colorado Avalanche organization. He has no future in the NHL.
Jul 1 - 6:39 PM


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