Player News - Avalanche

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Daniel Briere is still not sure if he'll retire this summer.

"I’ll have to start thinking about it more and more in the next couple of weeks," Briere said. He's an unrestricted free agent after scoring eight goals and 12 points in 57 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He's a veteran of 973 contests and has scored 307 goals and 696 points.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 5:59 PM

Joey Hishon has inked a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Hishon had a goal and an assist in 12 games with the Avalanche in 2014-15. He also recorded 16 goals and 36 points in 53 AHL contests.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 27 - 2:09 PM

Carl Soderberg admitted that going to Colorado was an easy decision after the Bruins told him they wouldn't bring him back next season.

"I was waiting for Boston to come back to me," Soderberg, a casualty of the Bruins' salary cap problems, said in a phone interview from Sweden. "When they didn't have room for me, my agent told me Colorado was interested in me. There was no doubt for me. Colorado is a great hockey club. I said go ahead, and then everything went really fast."
Source: Denver Post
Jul 25 - 9:20 AM

Nikita Zadorov is projected to play alongside Tyson Barrie in 2015-16.

"I've played against him, and he's obviously a very good offensive player," Zadorov said, referring to Barrie. "I'm sure we'll work well together." The Colorado Avalanche acquired Zadorov as part of the Ryan O'Reilly trade. Zadorov had three goals and 15 points in 60 contests last season.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 23 - 7:54 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko, who was acquired by Colorado from Buffalo in the Ryan O'Reilly trade, is eager to work with Patrick Roy again.

Grigorenko played for the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts during Roy's tenure as their coach. He excelled in the juniors - and has continued to do so in the minors for that matter - but he's struggled to live up to expectations in the NHL. A change of scenery might significantly help the 21-year-old, but the fact that he'll be playing for a familiar coach should also be to his benefit. "I had my best years in Quebec and it was great having Patrick as a coach," Grigorenko said. "He was great to me and taught me a lot of things on and off the ice. I can’t thank him enough for what he's done for me already, and I can't wait to have him as a coach again."
Source: Denver Post
Jul 22 - 4:51 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have extended their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets.

The new deal will cover the next two seasons. "The Komet organization is honored and very excited about our new two-year affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche," Fort Wayne GM David Franke said. "We had a very good agreement with them last year and they were at the top of our list this summer to continue the relationship. "Craig Billington, assistant general manager, and David Oliver, player development director, are great to work with and they understand the value of a good affiliation to both the Avalanche and their AHL affiliate, San Antonio, and the Komets." Fort Wayne went to the second round of the 2015 ECHL playoffs, ultimately losing in seven games to the Toledo Walleye.
Jul 22 - 3:19 PM

Brian Willsie has decided to hang up his skates and instead work for the Avalanche's player development department.

Willsie had 52 goals and 109 points in 381 career NHL games. He hadn't played in the NHL since the 2010-11 campaign, but he continued his career in Europe, most recently playing for Sweden's Orebro HK.
Jul 20 - 8:06 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has signed a one-year, $675,000 contract with Colorado.

Grigorenko has managed to secure a one-way deal straight from his entry-level contract. He excelled in the minors, but had difficulty stepping up during his stints with the Sabres. Buffalo dealt him to Colorado on June 26 as part of the Ryan O'Reilly deal. Grigorenko is a former 12th overall pick and could easily tip the scales of that trade in favor of Colorado if he takes advantage of the change of scenery.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 16 - 6:54 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Mat Clark to a two-year, two-way deal.

Clark can earn $600,000 annually at the NHL level or 125,000 in the minors in 2015-16. His potential NHL salary will remain static in 2016-17, but he'll earn $175,000 at the AHL level. He was a restricted free agent with an arbitration hearing set for July 22.
Jul 16 - 6:31 PM

Andrew Agozzino has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Agozzino's new contract comes with a $600,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. He had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 20. He scored 30 goals and 64 points in 74 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 16 - 6:28 PM

Mat Clark's arbitration date is set for July 22.

Clark had a goal and seven points in 66 AHL contests in 2014-15. He also recorded an assist with Colorado in seven games.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 13 - 5:09 PM

The Colorado Avalanche and Andrew Agozzino have an arbitration date scheduled for July 20.

Agozzino had 30 goals and 64 points in 74 AHL contests in 2014-15. He's coming off of his entry-level contract that came with a $590,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 13 - 5:08 PM

Mikko Rantanen has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Rantanen had nine goals and 28 points in 56 games in Finland's top league last season. Colorado took him with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He's worth keeping an eye on during training camp as he has a legitimate shot of making the team.
Jul 13 - 4:12 PM

The Colorado Avalanche are putting an emphasis on speed and skating during their rookie development camp.

"I'm not into scrimmaging at the beginning of July," Director of Player Development David Oliver said. "I'm sure everybody standing up in the crowd would like to see them scrimmage. I'm all about the process of player development. That's my job. I take a lot of pride in it, and I don't want our guys ready to play hockey in July. I want them to play hockey in September and be at the top of their game. The emphasis on skating and training and your physical abilities, that will carry over into your play in September and give you an opportunity to be a good pro." Colorado's prospects have been working with Toronto-based skating coach Tracy Tutton throughout the week.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 11 - 9:34 AM

Mason Geertsen's nine-game stint with the AHL Lake Erie Monsters last season was an eyeopener for him.

"I learned that I thought I was a pretty big guy," Geertsen said. "Those guys were even bigger, so I definitely used that as my motivation for training in the summer, to get myself bigger and stronger." Geertsen is already 6-foot-4, 205-pounds. He had 38 points and 107 penalty minutes in 69 games with WHL Vancouver last season. He's projected to begin the 2015-16 campaign with the San Antonio Rampage, which is Colorado's new AHL affiliate.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 9 - 9:47 AM


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