Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Jesse Winchester (concussion) won't be rushed back into the lineup.

"We're not going to push on him," coach Patrick Roy said. "We'll follow the protocol and make sure he's 100 percent when he comes up. We're never going to force our players to come back. And we're certainly not going to push them to come back either." It was thought that Winchester could return on Thursday, but the Avalanche have apparently hit the brakes on that.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 30 - 12:24 PM

Dennis Everberg has been called up by Colorado.

He cracked the Avalanche's roster out of training camp and skated in five games with the big club before heading down to the minors.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 30 - 12:20 PM

Gabriel Landeskog has three goals in his last four games.

He scored in the third period to give Colorado a 2-1 lead, but San Jose won the game 3-2 in a shootout. Landeskog doesn't have any assists this season, but it's encouraging that the puck is starting to go in for him.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 29 - 2:04 PM

Jan Hejda contributed two assists in Colorado's 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Tuesday night.

The Avalanche defender has four helpers in 10 games this campaign, with three of them coming in his past three outings. Hejda has some value in deeper leagues that credit real-time stats (29 hits, 17 blocks), but other than that he shouldn't be on your radar.
Oct 29 - 1:58 PM

Alex Tanguay scored a shorthanded marker in the Avalanche's 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Tuesday.

The 40 year-old now has five goals and two assists during a six-game point streak. The Avalanche also a got a goal from Gabriel Landeskog while Jan Hejda collected two helpers in a losing cause. The Avs really left their goalie out to the wolves in this game as they were out-shot 51-33 on the night.
Oct 29 - 1:46 AM

Semyon Varlamov made 49 saves on 51 shots for Colorado but it wasn't enough in a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Tuesday.

Varlamov was outstanding all night long and kept his team in the game all the way until the shootout. The 26 year-old has just one win in his last four games but has backstopped his team to at least a point every one of those games. It appears he isn't the problem for a Colorado team that has started very slowly this year.
Oct 29 - 1:31 AM

Jesse Winchester has been medically cleared to return from a concussion he suffered in the preseason.

He's not expected to play Tuesday, but he might be available for Thursday's home contest against the New York Islanders.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 28 - 8:23 AM

Erik Johnson (head) practiced Monday and he's been cleared to play Tuesday.

He suffered a head injury in the third period of Sunday's game against Winnipeg and did not return. "I started feeling a lot better last night and this morning," Johnson said. "Things cleared up pretty fast and, I've been down that road before and didn't want to go down it again. I don't want to miss any hockey here."
Source: Denver Post
Oct 28 - 8:19 AM

Semyon Varlamov's ex-girlfriend has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Avalanche goalie beat and humiliated her for years.

She claims the incidents piled up before Varlamov's arrest in October 2013. According to the complaint, Varlamov's attacks happened after he consumed large amounts of alcohol and he always expressed remorse afterward. Evgeniya Vavrinyuk is seeking unspecified damages for her loss of income, injures and humiliation caused by the abuse. Varlamov chose not to comment on the situation.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 28 - 8:15 AM

Alex Tanguay earned an assist in Colorado's 2-1 overtime loss to Winnipeg on Sunday.

He collected a secondary assist on Jamie McGinn's power-play marker. In doing so, Tanguay extended his point streak (three goals, two assists) to five straight games.
Oct 27 - 12:27 PM

The Avalanche are refusing to relate Nathan MacKinnon's slow start with the dreaded sophomore jinx.

"It will happen for him," coach Patrick Roy said. "It doesn't have to be the perfect goal. Just put pucks on net and good things happen." Matt Duchene called the jinx a "bunch of crap" and said MacKinnon's offensive will take off if the second-year forward "keeps skating and working hard." The 2014 Calder Trophy winner had some lengthy goal droughts last season as well and he's gone goalless in his first nine games this year. MacKinnn has four assists, 24 shots and a minus-6 rating, but we recommend staying patient with him. His talent should take over once he gets the monkey off his back.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 27 - 12:10 PM

Semyon Varlamov allowed two goals on 28 shots as the Colorado Avalanche lost 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets in overtime.

Varlamov allowed was beat by Andrew Ladd early in the first period, but was perfect until overtime. The 26-year-old is now 1-2-2 and has a disappointing 3.19 goals-against-average and .911 save percentage this season. The Avalanche need to find a way to get their goaltenders more goal-support.
Oct 26 - 6:15 PM

Jamie McGinn scored a power play goal in Colorado’s 2-1 overtime loss to Winnipeg.

The goal was McGinn’s third of the season. The Avalanche have now scored just 20 goals in nine games this season. The Avs have been a bit of an enigma so far. They have so much firepower upfront but have been unable to generate much offense. Colorado now falls to 2-4-3 on the year.
Oct 26 - 6:08 PM

Jarome Iginla is confident that the Avs will be able to turn things around this season.

The Avalanche are 2-4-2 and have struggled to score goals most of the season. "It's been a slow start for the team and myself, but I think it's going to get better. I really do," said Iginla. "Not many teams in the league have not only our young talent, but talent, period. We're going to get it turned around. I'm going to find ways to score goals again, and hopefully we'll look back on this as being a better team for it. Every team goes through tough stretches during the year, and hopefully we can have this be our toughest." The 37-year-old has two goals and seven points in eight games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 26 - 10:55 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have been impressed with the play of Cody McLeod.

McLeod is a tough customer who brings a lot of energy to the Avs' lineup. "He's the guy you want to go out to battle with. He's the guy you want on your team," Landeskog said of McLeod. "He's not fun to play against but certainly the guys want him on your side of the trenches. It's testament to his character and who he is. He's got one of the toughest jobs, but yet he goes out there and does it year in, year out, day in, day out. He's a leader, and guys follow him."
Source: Denver Post
Oct 26 - 10:48 AM


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