Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

The Colorado Avalanche have confirmed that they have inked a five-year agreement with the San Antonio Rampage.

The Avalanche's old AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, will instead work with the Columbus Blue Jackets. This move makes more sense for both franchises from a geographical perspective. "We are pleased to announce this new affiliation with San Antonio," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "The Rampage organization has a great reputation and we look forward to our prospects developing in such an environment."
Apr 17 - 12:51 PM

Colorado is moving their AHL affiliate to San Antonio next season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will take over the Lake Erie Monsters and the Florida Panthers have an agreement with the Portland Pirates.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 17 - 10:45 AM

Matt Duchene will play for Team Canada in May's World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Duchene has 29 career games wearing Canada's sweater, posting 13 goals and 20 points spread over four tournaments mostly as a junior. Duchene is coming off a somewhat disappointing season, though he reached the 20-goal plateau for the fourth time in six seasons, he finished with just 55 points. Well short of his career high of 70 in 2013-14.
Apr 14 - 9:02 PM

Nathan MacKinnon, who hasn't played since March 4 due to a foot injury, is on Team Canada's roster for the 2015 World Championship.

This will provide MacKinnon with a little extra experience and give him an opportunity to go into the summer on a positive note. He had a rough sophomore season, scoring just 14 goals and 38 points in 64 contests.
Apr 14 - 5:23 PM

Colorado would like to upgrade their defense corps in the off-season.

They could use better puck-moving defensemen, but six of their eight defensemen are under contract for next season. "We'd like to get our defense better," coach Patrick Roy said. "But we'll see how it goes. ... We have a good idea about what we need to do."
Source: Denver Post
Apr 13 - 6:02 PM

Jarome Iginla failed to reach the 30-goal mark in his first season with the Colorado Avalanche.

Iginla scored two goals in the season finale against Chicago on Saturday but he finished the year with 29 goals. "He didn't have the start he wanted," head coach Patrick Roy said of Iginla, who had two goals in the first 20 games. "But I have to admit, 29 goals ... I would have loved to see him get the 30th, but he was close. It was a great year for him. When we lost Paul (Stastny) , we thought (Iginla) was going to do a good job for us, and he did exactly that."
Source: Denver Post
Apr 12 - 11:12 AM

Matt Duchene believes the Avalanche failed to make the playoffs because of their slow start to the season.

"I was looking back at the schedule today ... and we kind of put ourselves in such a hole in October and November," Duchene said. "We played pretty good hockey from December on, but we just couldn't get out of it. We finished with 90 points and it's still not good enough, so it's pretty crazy nowadays, especially in this division. We know how important a start is and how important those divisional games are." The 24-year-old had a down season. He finishes with 21 goals and 55 points in 82 games this season. Duchene had 70 points in 71 games one year ago.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 12 - 11:08 AM

Patrick Roy said he is proud of the way his team responded in the last three games of the season.

"Our captain (Gabe Landeskog) made some comments in the paper about those three games, and then we won the three of them," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "That makes me proud of them and showed we have character, showed we have pride, and certainly as a coach, I'm very happy with those three games, no doubt about it." After a great regular season last year, the Avalanche failed to make the playoffs in 2014-15. They have a young team with a good amount of talent, so it's not impossible for them to take a big step forward next year.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 12 - 11:03 AM

Jarome Iginla netted two goals to lead the Avalanche to a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Both of Iginla’s goals came on the power play, the final one beating Scott Darling with 34 seconds remaining. While he started off slowly, Iginla did end up with 29 goals and 59 points this year. He just missed recording his 13th 30-goal season. Cody McLeod picked up the other goal.
Apr 12 - 12:09 AM

Semyon Varlamov kicked away 28 shots in the Avalanche’s 3-2 win against the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Varlamov gave up one in the second and one in the third period. He ends the season with a a 2.56 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. The Avs need to improve their possession game. If not, Varlamov will continue to be a one-man defense.
Apr 12 - 12:08 AM

Duncan Siemens will make his NHL debut Saturday night against Chicago.

He was recalled Friday to take the place of the Brad Stuart, who will miss Saturday's contest due to a leg laceration. Siemens is not considered an offensive rearguard as his six points in 51 AHL games this season will attest. He will be paried with Nick Holden against the Hawks and has no fantasy value.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 11 - 11:40 AM

Brad Stuart will not play in Colorado's last game of the season Saturday night against Chicago.

He cut his leg in Thursday's contest and will not be able to suit up. The Avs recalled Duncan Siemens from Lake Erie of the AHL to take Stuart's place.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 11 - 11:37 AM

Semyon Varlamov will get the start against Chicago in the Avalanche's season finale Saturday night.

Varlamov has had another tremendous season even if his team did not. He enters the contest with a 27-20-8 record and a 2.57 GAA and ,921 save percentage.
Apr 11 - 11:34 AM

Semyon Varlamov will get the start against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Varlamov comes in with a 27-20-8 record with five shutouts, a .921 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA through 56 games this season. He's also posted 32 Quality Starts against just six Really Bad Starts this season. Valarmov has beaten the Blackhawks in five straight dating back to 2014, allowing just five goals over that span.
Apr 10 - 8:29 PM

Duncan Siemens has been called up by the Colorado Avalanche.

Siemens has six points and 57 penalty minutes in 51 AHL contests this season. He was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but he hasn't made his NHL debut yet. There's a good chance that will change on Saturday. Just keep in mind that while he might develop into a great defenseman, he probably won't have much value in standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 10 - 6:16 PM


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