Player News - Avalanche

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Jeffrey Truchon-Viel has been sent to the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Truchon-Viel had 56 points and 132 penalty minutes in 66 QMJHL games in 2015-16. He was never drafted, but had been invited to attend the Avalanche's training camp.
Sep 26 - 12:19 PM

Josh Anderson has been reassigned to WHL Prince George.

Anderson had six points and 86 penalty minutes in 39 WHL contests in 2015-16. He was taken by the Avalanche with the 71st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 26 - 12:17 PM

Travis Barron has been cut from the Colorado Avalanche's training camp roster.

Barron will report to OHL Ottawa. He had 13 goals and 37 points in 60 OHL contests last season.
Sep 26 - 12:16 PM

Brogan O'Brien has been reassigned to WHL Prince George.

O'Brien had 18 goals and 56 points in 71 WHL contests in 2015-16. He was never drafted by an NHL squad, but the Avalanche invited him to training camp.
Sep 26 - 12:14 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko served as a center during an intrasquad game on Sunday.

Grigorenko ended up scoring the lone goal in that contest. He's a natural center, but spent most of the 2015-16 campaign serving as a winger. It will be interesting to see if this is an indication of things to come under new bench boss Jared Bednar, though it could have just been a matter of practicality as the alternatives up the middle were more limited with Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg all unavailable due to the World Cup.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 26 - 10:34 AM

Eric Gelinas is in a battle for a roster spot on the Avalanche blueline.

Although we have been Gelinas supporters, the talented rearguard is going to have to step up if he is to break camp as a top-six defenceman with the Avs. Erik Johnson, Francois Beauchemin, Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov and Fedor Tyutin seem to be locks for a roster spot leaving Gelinas to duke it out with Chris Bigras and Patrick Wiercioch for one or possibly two spots. This should be interesting to watch.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 25 - 10:51 AM

Calvin Pickard is looking to earn more NHL playing time in 2016-17.

"I'm going to get my fair share of starts, and I'll get more if I play well," Pickard said. "I just want to take it day-by-day, get a few good practices here in camp, move into the Burgundy-White (scrimmage Sunday) and gets some exhibition games for sure with Varly gone at the World Cup. So it's going to be good for me to get my game sharp." He will back up Semyon Varlamov this season after bouncing between the AHL and the NHL for the last two campaigns. Coach Jared Bednar isn't sure yet how he will divide the workload among his netminders.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 23 - 9:32 AM

Tyson Barrie will play "important minutes" for the Avalanche.

"Obviously, he's a gifted offensive player," new bench boss Jared Bednar said. "He's going to defend like everyone else on our team, defend hard and compete hard within our system and the structure which we play. We're going to use him to his strengths every chance we get. He's a guy who can help us produce offensively and we'll lean on him to do that at all times through the season." Barrie has 50-point potential again in 2016-17 after he surpassed that mark in 2014-15 and finished with a total of 49 last year.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 23 - 9:24 AM

Colorado coach Jared Bednar is excited for his first training camp.

He took over the position after Patrick Roy resigned from the organization in August. "I want to lay down the foundation and establish the way we want to play," Bednar said. "I want to establish our work ethic and our habits and how we're going to operate on a day-to-day basis. I want to get our systems set tight and improve them every day." Avalanche camp will open on Friday.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 22 - 8:41 AM

Nathan MacKinnon netted the game winner for Team North America in overtime to give the young stars a 4-3 victory over Sweden.

The goal was his second in three games at the World Cup of Hockey. Shayne Gostisbehere collected three helpers in the match, while Johnny Gaudreau generated a goal and an assist in the win. Auston Matthews and Vincent Trocheck also found the back of the net in the game.
Sep 21 - 6:11 PM

Jarome Iginla is eager to bounce back this season.

"I want to be better than I was last year," said Iginla. "I had a good start last year, a tough middle and a good last quarter — as far as my play. At times I got away from being gritty or aggressive enough. I'd like to get back to that. I'm not trying to save myself for anything. I want to come back and be physical, a net-front presence and I still enjoy playing a lot. I still feel good. I feel strong. I want to be apart of, first of all, the playoffs, and I feel that we can do that." He recorded 22 goals in 2015-16, which ranked him second on the team, and he earned 47 points in 82 contests. Iginla's role on the team still has to be determined, but he may be a third- or fourth-line forward and a power-play performer this campaign.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 11:49 AM

Matt Duchene scored a pair of goals in Team Canada's 4-2 win over Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

Ryan McDonagh opened the scoring for Team USA at the 4:22 mark of the first period, but the Canadians responded by scoring four unanswered goals (three of them came in the first period). Duchene got Canada on the board less than 1:30 after McDonagh's goal, Corey Perry gave Canada the lead and Duchene made it 3-1. Patrice Bergeron also scored for Team Canada, who improve to 2-0 with the win. They'll take on Team Europe on Wednesday with first place in the group on the line.
Sep 20 - 11:05 PM

Jiri Tlusty will be at Colorado's training camp on a professional tryout.

He appeared in 30 games with New Jersey last year, where he contributed two goals and two assists. Tlusty has picked up 177 career points in 446 matches.
Sep 20 - 3:40 PM

Mikko Rantanen suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday's rookie tournament game against the Sharks.

The injury will keep him out for two-to-four weeks, which will affect his availability for most of Avs training camp. Regardless of how long it takes him to recover, expect him to make an impact in Colorado at some point this season.
Sep 18 - 3:26 PM

Mikko Rantanen wants to play a significant role with the Colorado Avalanche this season.

Rantanen played nine games with the Avs last season, but wasn't really a factor. He's hoping that will change this year. "I want to make the first two lines and get big minutes and help the team win," Rantanen said Friday. "I want to show what I can do. The first goal is to make the team. I’m more confident than I was last year. I know most of the guys and the staff. I’m not that shy anymore and I can go talk to anyone. Of course, I feel better than I did last year. It’s good for me." With a good showing in camp, the 19-year-old should be able to crack the team.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 18 - 1:13 PM


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