Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Players who will play college hockey this season won't be participating in upcoming rookie camps.

The reason for this is because the players will lose college eligibility if there are veterans participating in the camp. For the Avalanche, that means that Will Butcher, Ben Storm and A.J. Greer won't be participating in camp. "It's a bummer that I don't get to get out there and show my skills up against some of the guys they have in the system," said Butcher, a defenseman who is beginning his junior year at DU. "But at the end of the day for me, it's about focusing on where I'm at right now with the University of Denver, getting better here and playing for my school. With the NCAA, it kind of inhibits the ability for the Avs to see me up against some of the guys in their system."
Source: Denver Post
Aug 30 - 9:16 AM

Tomas Vincour has signed with Sibir Novosibirsk of the KHL.

He agreed to a one-year contract after spending most of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors with Lake Erie. Vincour had 10 goals and 23 points in 38 AHL games and he picked up one assist in seven NHL outings with Colorado.
Aug 19 - 10:18 AM

Nikita Zadorov has spent his summer skating in the Denver area with a few fellow NHLers and getting used to his new home.

"It's kind of hard when you're moving to another city right away, but right now it's awesome. I got to know the city, got to know the people and I think it's a great city," said the prized piece of return in the Ryan O'Reilly trade. "Up in the mountains, it's hard to breathe. Just different weather, and right now I'm just getting used to everything." At 6'5 and 230 pounds, the Avs are hoping they found a defenseman ready to play top-four minutes right away.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 16 - 10:12 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has assisted Sidney Crosby in hosting the first Sidney Crosby Hockey School in their hometown, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

After winning the gold medal in the 2015 IIHF World Championships in May, both MacKinnon and Crosby have donated their winning checks to the young hockey organization in Cole Harbour. The two players teamed up to host the camp this past week for the first time and hope it continues for future years. Roughly 160 players attended the Crosby camp, who were between the ages 8 and 12 years old. After a somewhat disappointing sophomore season where MacKinnon scored just 14 goals and 38 points in 64 games played, the former Calder Trophy winner will look to bounce back in a big way in the 2015-2016 season. He’ll be just 20-years old for the upcoming season so we expect him to produce at his rookie levels where he scored 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games played.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 8 - 2:22 PM

The Colorado Avalanche alumni will be taking on the Detroit Red Wings alumni as part of the NHL's Stadium Series in February.

Colorado and Detroit will play a regular season game at Coors Field in Colorado on February 27th, but on the 26th the alumni from both teams will go head-to-head. "We have had an outstanding rivalry with the Red Wings during those years," Sakic said in a release. "We are looking forward to experiencing this grand outdoor setting and a special weekend of hockey in Denver." Some of the more notable names playing in the game will include: Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake for Colorado, while Chris Chellios, Brendan Shanahan, Nicklas Lidstrom and Igor Larionov will suit up for the Wings.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 8 - 9:29 AM

Calvin Pickard has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado.

According to a source, Pickard will make $850,500 at the NHL level. Pickard appeared in 16 games with the Avalanche over five stints last season. He recorded impressive peripherals with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage during that time. However, he's expected to spend most of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors if Semyon Varlamov stays healthy because the team has Reto Berra as its backup.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 6 - 4:22 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


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