Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Nicolas Meloche has been assigned to San Antonio of the AHL.

Colorado also sent defensemen Gage Ausmus to the minors and returned Ty Lewis to his junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL). The Avalanche now have 48 players at training camp.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 10:15 AM

David Warsofsky is confident he can claim a spot on Colorado's back end going into the 2017-18 season.

"When you're in position like I am, and you can make break-out passes and get the puck to the open forwards, good things are going to happen," Warsofsky said. "Twenty years ago I don't think someone like me could make it in the NHL. But the way with the team is going nowadays, teams need (speed) from the back end and do the things I can do. I can definitely be useful, whether it's the 5-6 pair or (top-four). I'm clean getting out of our own end and I can jump up into the rush and getting scoring opportunities. I can help contribute." There are openings on the blue line with only Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov, Tyson Barrie and Mark Barbario have secure positions.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 10:11 AM

Tyson Barrie (undisclosed) hasn't been practicing at training camp, but could make his preseason debut as soon as Sunday.

Coach Jared Bednar said the banged-up defender is expected to skate on his own Wednesday. Tyson Jost (groin) is slated to skate Wednesday by himself as well and may play Sunday too.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 20 - 12:01 PM

Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Vegas.

MacKinnon led the Avalanche in scoring, but he had 16 goals and 53 points in 82 contests last season. If the Avalanche want to take a step forward, they'll need MacKinnon to step up his game. The 22-year-old has all the tools to put up a point-per-game at the NHL level. He'll need his teammates to help him out if he's going to reach that mark.
Sep 20 - 12:02 AM

Tyson Jost has been dealing with a groin injury at training camp.

Jost doesn't believe the ailment is serious, but it kept him off the ice Tuesday. He has been nursing his groin since the rookie showcase.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 19 - 6:03 PM

Alexander Kerfoot will make his NHL preseason debut alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on Tuesday against Vegas.

It's strange to think that Kerfoot is actually the oldest member of the trio at 23 years of age. "It's a pretty cool opportunity. They're pretty special hockey players," said Kerfoot. "Obviously, I'm really excited but I don't want to get too nervous; playing with those guys can be nerve-wracking at times. I just want to play my game and stay focused — try to keep things simple but also make plays and give them the puck."
Source: Denver Post
Sep 19 - 4:15 PM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion has reportedly been aggressive in pursuit of Colorado's Matt Duchene, according to sources.

However, it's believed the two sides aren't close to a deal. The Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators have also been mentioned as possible destinations for Duchene in the past. He has been on the trade block for most of 2017, but he is begrudgingly attending training camp with the Avalanche.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 19 - 4:08 PM

Matt Duchene got back to speaking with the media on Monday.

"I'm not going to predict the future on my longevity here," Duchene said. "I'm day by day. I'm just enjoying playing hockey. A lot got blown out of proportion. I said what I wanted to say then. Nothing's changed since Thursday. I'm here to get better, I'm here for those reasons — that I said on Thursday." Duchene's last public statement was Thursday when players reported for training camp and he spoke for just 19 seconds. He has been working hard on the ice, but it certainly seems like he is still waiting to be traded.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 18 - 6:36 PM

Gage Ausmus is excited for the opportunity to compete at Colorado's training camp.

Ausmus, who was a fifth-round pick of the San Jose, is getting a tryout with the Avalanche after he was not offered a contract by the Sharks. "I'm just really, really grateful for the opportunity to be here and showcase my talents," Ausmus said. "Last season, I didn't have too great of a year, and that's why I'm basically fighting for a contract right now. I'm thankful I got the invite. I worked hard this summer. So we'll see what happens."
Source: Denver Post
Sep 18 - 12:32 PM

Semyon Varlamov took part in an intrasquad game on Sunday, which marks the first time in eight months that he's played.

Varlamov didn't play past Jan. 17 due to issues with both hips that resulted in two surgeries spaced out over four weeks. He stopped just 23 of 28 shots in the intrasquad game, but the main thing is he felt physically good. "I'm not even tired, so conditioning is good," he said. "I just need to get back into game shape. I feel good in practices and it's time to play in the real games. I was very excited, actually, even though we were playing against each other, a friendly game. It's exciting to be at the rink like this. This was for me a real game."
Source: NHL.com
Sep 17 - 6:27 PM

If you are looking for a rookie who could be a candidate for the Calder Trophy, Tyson Jost may be a good choice.

Jost, the Avs' first round pick in 2016 and 10th overall, was stellar during the Avs' rookie camp and the Colorado coaching staff has noticed that he is bigger and stronger than he was las season. Jost has a strong two-way game that will play well in the NHL. Look for him to land a top-six role on the Avalanche this season and register 40-plus points.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 17 - 10:51 AM

One player who might merit some attention this month is Nail Yakupov.

Yakupov has failed in two NHL cities (Edmonton and St. Louis) to date but could get a new lease on life on a rebuilding Avalanche squad. He's looked pretty good in scrimmages alongside Matt Duchene thus far so keep an eye on the former number-one overall draft pick.
Sep 16 - 11:44 AM

Disgruntled Avalanche forward Matt Duchene skated on Friday.

"I thought he went to work today. I thought he was great," coach Jared Bednar said. "That whole line, Kerfoot, Yakupov and him, they scored some nice goals, had some chemistry. It was good to watch. Obviously, three talented offensive guys. I thought that was a real good line in the second group. It's good to see that." Unfortunately, Duchene did not speak to the media after the session and still appears to be unhappy with the organization for having him on the trade block for so long.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 15 - 5:06 PM

Tyson Jost exited Friday's practice for "maintenance" reasons.

Jost tweaked his groin in the recent rookie showcase, but he is apparently fine and the Avalanche don't want to push him too hard. Still, it would be wise to monitor the situation.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 15 - 4:56 PM

Nikita Zadorov has inked a two-year contract with Colorado worth $4.3 million.

Zadorov didn't show up for medicals on Thursday, but he'll report to training camp now that he is under contract. In 56 games, he registered 10 assists, 73 penalty minutes, 153 hits and 69 blocks.
Sep 15 - 2:53 PM


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