Player News - Avalanche

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Colorado has cut loose assistant coaches Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Francois Allaire.

The Avalanche announced on Tuesday that Army, Farrish and Allaire would not be back next season. They were inherited by head coach Jared Bednar after Patrick Roy chose to leave, but now he can help hire his own assistants for his staff.
Source: Denver Post
May 24 - 11:00 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has been a dominant force at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

He leads Team Canada in scoring with 14 points and is tied for second among all players in the tournament. Team Canada will play for the gold medal Sunday against Team Sweden and MacKinnon will certainly be a major player to watch in that contest.
Source: IIHF.com
May 21 - 11:06 AM

Matt Duchene got his first point in seven games at the World Hockey Championship on Tuesday.

He scored a breakaway goal against Finland in a 5-2 Canada victory. Duchene and the Canadians will play Germany on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Source: Denver Post
May 17 - 11:42 AM

Tyson Barrie (leg) should be fine for next season.

"He is going to be fine," said agent Don Meehan on Friday. Barrie sustained a lacerated leg in a wrestling match with a teammate off the ice at the World Hockey Championship. He won't play for the rest of the tournament, but it sounds like he should be OK for training camp.
Source: Denver Post
May 15 - 11:34 AM

Andrei Mironov has signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado took Mironov with the 101st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He's got five KHL seasons under his belt, though he was limited to 18 games in 2016-17 due to injury. The 22-year-old defenseman had a goal and four points this season.
Source: NHL.com
May 12 - 5:59 PM

The lower-body injury that Tyson Barrie sustained during the 2017 World Championship is reportedly a lacerated leg.

Barrie apparently suffered the injury while wrestling a teammate off the ice. That unusual incident will keep him out of the remainder of the tournament.
Source: Denver Post
May 12 - 10:16 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has five goals and eight points in four games while playing for Team Canada in the 2017 World Championship.

MacKinnon recorded 16 goals and 53 points in 82 games this season, which isn't bad, but it wasn't a step forward either for the 21-year-old. Playing for Team Canada is offering him an opportunity to finish 2016-17 on a better note after the Avalanche's rough showing and so far he's been able to take advantage of that.
Source: Denver Post
May 12 - 10:14 AM

Tyson Barrie will miss the rest of the World Hockey Championship because of a lower-body injury.

He will probably be re-evaluated by the Colorado Avalanche to determine a timetable for his return. Barrie was playing well for Canada with seven points, including five assists, in three games.
May 10 - 6:34 PM

Mikko Rantanen has six points in four games for Finland at the World Hockey Championship tournament.

He notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Slovenia. The marker was Rantanen's first of the tournament. Rantanen led the Avalanche with 20 goals during the 2016-17 season. He finished with 38 points in 75 games.
May 10 - 5:27 PM

Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and one assist for Canada on Monday in a 6-0 win over Belarus.

He didn't have any multi-goal games for the Avalanche during the 2016-17 season, but he has two in three appearances at the 2017 World Hockey Championship. MacKinnon has racked up seven points, including five goals, at the tournament so far. This could be just what he needs to go into the summer with some confidence after a very difficult year with Colorado.
Source: Denver Post
May 9 - 12:41 PM

Nathan MacKinnon scored three goals and added an assist in Canada's 7-2 rout of Slovenia Sunday at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Tyson Barrie, another Avalanche player on the Canadian squad, scored a goal and registered three assists in the win. The Avs are well represented at the tournament with Gabriel Landeskog also starring for Sweden.
May 7 - 9:55 AM

Avalanche team president Josh Kroenke still believes GM Joe Sakic is the right man for the job.

"Joe's leash hasn't changed at all. Nobody wants to get the Avalanche back to where they were, where we all expect them to be, more than Joe Sakic," said Kroenke. "We're going to continue to give him every resource at his disposal and I'm going to help him in any ways he sees that I can. At the end of the day, Joe wants what's best for the Colorado Avalanche. Whether that's him in his current role or something else, it doesn't matter. Joe Sakic is committed to making the Avalanche better." Still, there should be changes elsewhere after he called Colorado's 48-point season "unacceptable."
Source: Denver Post
May 4 - 9:34 AM

Joe Sakic was upbeat despite the Colorado Avalanche losing the draft lottery.

Colorado had the worst record in the NHL in 2016-17, but the lottery produced the worst case scenario for the Avalanche, so they were reduced to the fourth overall pick. "I don’t think it’s a setback," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "When you’re picking one to four, you’re going to get a good player. We had 18 percent, we knew there was just as good a chance of not being picked (in any of the three lotteries), and that’s how it turned out." The only real silver lining for the Avalanche is that it's believed this draft doesn't contain a player of the caliber of Connor McDavid or Austin Matthews, so the Avalanche didn't just lose out on a generational player if the projections prove to be accurate. Still, it has to be disappointing to lose the draft after such a difficult season.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 30 - 1:40 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have the best odds of winning the draft lottery.

Every non-playoff team has an opportunity to win the lottery, but the Avs have an 18 percent chance of seeing their name come out first. Even if they don't get the top pick, the Avalanche can't draft lower than fourth overall. Vancouver has a 12.1 percent chance, while Vegas (expansion team) and Arizona both have a 10.3 percent chance of picking first overall. The draft lottery will take place tonight in Toronto.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 29 - 10:24 AM

Colorado prospect Will Butcher isn't thinking about his contract situation with the Avalanche.

"I told (Joe Sakic) I didn’t want an offer yet," Butcher told the Denver Post. "I wanted to sit with him, talk with him about my year, what they’re thinking, what their philosophy is going to be. My parents are coming in this weekend for the banquet, and I want to talk to my parents before they offer me anything." The Avalanche are hoping to get the deal done sooner rather than later seeing as Butcher is eligible to become an unrestricted free-agent on August 15. He and his University of Denver teammates are still celebrating last Saturday's NCAA tournament victory over Minnesota Duluth. Butcher was also the 2017 Hobey Baker winner as the national player of the year.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 11 - 8:56 PM


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