Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

The Colorado Avalanche have inked an affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Colorado Eagles.

"We are looking forward to the start of this new relationship with the Eagles," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "We feel this will be the right environment for some of our prospects to play." The Avalanche were previously affiliated with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Komets, but naturally this will place their ECHL partner closer to home.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 21 - 9:46 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has inked a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

As a result, Grigorenko's scheduled arbitration hearing for Friday is no longer necessary. He had requested a salary of $1.65 million and the Avalanche countered at $950,000, so they basically settled on the middle ground. Grigorenko has plenty of potential but he also has a lot to prove. He had an underwhelming six goals and 27 points in 74 contests last season.
Jul 20 - 8:06 PM

Nathan Lieuwen has agreed to terms with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage.

San Antonio is affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche, but it's worth emphasizing that this is an AHL only contract. Lieuwen used to be with the Buffalo Sabres, but they declined to present him with a qualifying offer. He had a 2.91 GAA and .909 save percentage in 28 games with the AHL's Rochester Americans last season.
Jul 20 - 2:41 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko is requesting a $1.65 million salary.

The Colorado Avalanche have countered with a $950,000 offer. If the two sides can't agree to terms before their July 22 arbitration hearing, then he will be assigned a contract.
Jul 20 - 1:02 PM

Duncan Siemens has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado.

Siemens had seven points and 90 penalty minutes in 53 AHL contests in 2015-16. He can earn $874,125 in the NHL or $70,000 in the minors.
Jul 18 - 5:41 AM

Nolan Pratt has been hired by the Colorado Avalanche to serve as an assistant coach.

Pratt had a playing career that spanned 592 NHL games. The former defenseman won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001 and Tampa Bay in 2004. Most recently he served as an assistant coach with the Lake Erie Monsters for their Calder Cup-winning campaign.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 16 - 5:22 AM

Mikhail Grigorenko has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 22.

Grigorenko made $675,000 in 2015-16. He had six goals and 27 points in 74 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 11 - 4:11 PM

Tyson Barrie's arbitration date is set for July 29.

Barrie opted to file for arbitration, all but guaranteeing that he'll remain with the Avalanche next season. Of course, both sides will doubtlessly want to avoid the unpleasantness of a hearing if at all possible, especially seeing as he should factor into the Avalanche's long-term plans. He's coming off of a two-year, $5.2 million contract and had 49 points in 78 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 11 - 4:10 PM

J.T. Compher isn't concerning himself with the fact that Colorado acquired him as part of the controversial Ryan O'Reilly tade.

There will be some Avalanche fans that will look to Compher's performance going forward to help determine if that trade was worthwhile for the team. "That’s nothing I can control," Compher said. "I want to do whatever I can do to help win hockey games. That’s my main goal, to have a great summer and be ready for training camp. For me, that’s the focus. There’s nothing else I feel a part of. Not the trade. That’s not in there at all." Compher had 16 goals and 63 points in 38 games with the University of Michigan last season. He'll be competing for a roster spot with Colorado during training camp.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 11 - 9:18 AM

Nathan MacKinnon is happy that he won't have to worry about the business side of hockey for a while.

MacKinnon has plenty of job security after signing a seven-year, $44.1 million contract on Friday. "It's nice to have security," MacKinnon said. "I know Denver will be my home for the next seven seasons. Obviously, it weighs on you. I've been thinking about it for a long time. Last year, this year, this season, over the summer. So I'm just excited I can finish off my summer training, have a clear head and know where my home will be for the next seven seasons." MacKinnon added that he felt a bridge contract wouldn't have been in his best interests. In a way, both sides are taking a risk with this deal. MacKinnon has left something to be desired over the past two seasons and if he comes out strong in 2016-17 and 2017-18, then he could have probably gotten a massive contract at the end of a bridge deal. That $6.3 million annual cap hit could look very good to Colorado in the not too distant future.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 9 - 5:42 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has signed a seven-year, $44.1 million contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

MacKinnon was a restricted free agent after completing his three-year, entry-level contract. This contract will put his cap hit up to $6.3 million. That's in a way a tame cap hit for someone with his potential. However, he's been a mixed bag, making this signing a risk as it is. MacKinnon had an excellent rookie campaign with 24 goals and 63 points in 82 contests, but he was reduced to 38 points in 64 games as a sophomore before bouncing back somewhat to 52 points in 72 games last season. Because of that inconsistency, there was speculation that he'd end up with a bridge contract rather than a long-term deal. Of course if he did bounce back and continued his development, he would be in line for a better contract than this after that bridge deal finished.
Jul 8 - 5:40 PM

Tyson Jost will play for North Dakota in 2016-17.

The Colorado Avalanche selected Jost with the 10th pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Though he does plan to play in the NCAA next season, his goal is to transition to the NHL as soon as he can, so don't be surprised if he decides to turn pro in a year or two.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 7 - 4:54 AM

Calvin Pickard's recently signed two-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche is worth $2 million.

Pickard will earn $925,000 in 2016-17 and $1,075,000 the following season. That's a pretty good contract for Colorado given how much growth Pickard could see over the next two seasons. Of course no young goaltender is a sure thing, but there's a fair chance that Pickard will have earned a far more lucrative contract by the time this bridge deal is done.
Jul 5 - 10:32 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has requested salary arbitration.

Grigorenko is coming off of a one-year, $675,000 deal. He had six goals and 27 points in 74 contests in 2015-16.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 5:46 PM

Tyson Barrie has exercised his right to seek salary arbitration.

Of course Barrie and the Avalanche can still agree to terms before their arbitration hearing to make the process unnecessary. Barrie is coming off of a two-year, $5.2 million deal. He had 13 goals and 49 points in 78 contests in 2015-16.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 5:45 PM


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